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PSHE is taught at least once a week using the Inside Out Five Keys to Happiness Scheme and resources. Lessons can be linked to the dilemma-based curriculum where appropriate but may need to be stand alone for the objectives to all be covered. Staff can use ideas from the 5 Keys planning resources to tailor sessions to suit their classes. Staff should address any class issues that have happened using their PSHE time or by adding an extra circle time into their week.  The areas of the PSHE curriculum that are not covered by the Inside Out planning, are covered during specifically planned days and weeks throughout the year. These include, Internet safety day, Health week, Anti-bullying week and NSPCC Speak out to Stay Safe Day. These events are whole school so allow there to be a great buzz throughout school, getting children of all year groups discussing the topics. Willowcroft is currently taking part in the KiVa anti-bullying programme. Teachers in Key Stage 2 deliver a KiVa lesson once a month. These lessons focus on the prevention of bullying and teaches children ways to be kind to each other. Links will also be made between PSHE plans and the 4Rs (Amethyst Learning). Teachers will be discussing these and awarding Dojo points for this during lessons.

LEAP Curriculum







PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It is important that they are exposed and can use language to describe their feelings, relationships, health and well-being and life in the wider world. At Willowcroft, we specifically expose children to this language and encourage them to use it in real life situations.

PSHE is a lesson where children can express their feelings and talk about their relationships and well-being without there being a right or wrong answer. Therefore, every opinion or experience is validated. Teachers set out a list of rules during PSHE lessons to ensure that the lessons are a positive and safe space.







In PSHE at Willowcroft, we provide children with many experiences to support their social development, well-being, and health. These experiences include:


  • In Year 3/4 children access Safer Together sessions where they learn about stranger danger and being out in the community.
  • Children in KS2 take part in KiVa lessons. This gives the children the knowledge and tools to be kind to each other and prevent bullying from occurring.
  • Wizard Theatre is given to groups of children across the school. This helps to build children’s self-esteem through drama activities.
  • We have ELSA trained TA’s in school who take small group ELSA interventions for specific children where needed (7 adults currently trained).
  • Once a year the children attend a prayer space.
  • Each class has a block of Forest School sessions three times a year. Some children are also selected to attend extra Forest School sessions as part of ELSA.
  • Children are offered iRock as an extra activity. Some children are chosen for iRock sessions.
  • We have an excellent team of individuals in The Willows who support children around school. Children can eat their lunch in The Willows if they want to and the staff in the Willows are specifically trained to support children’s needs.
  • Children have attended The Art Room to help them express their feelings through art.
  • Play therapy sessions are given to children where needed.
  • In Year 6 children go on a week-long residential to Yenworthy where they work on building the 4R skills.







Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Reciprocity are all skills that children need to develop to be able to thrive as individuals. PSHE and Amethyst Learning go hand in hand with each other. PSHE lessons and topics encourage children to be using the 4Rs.


This is how children can earn amethysts in the 4 different skills:







Be aware of other people’s opinions and experiences.


Being mindful of other children’s feelings and emotions.




Using skills taught to manage a difficult emotion/situation.



Making reflections based on their own emotions and behaviours.


Making connections.

Showing kindness and compassion to others.


Being kind to themselves.


Value, respect and learn from others.


Enjoy what you are learning.


Power to change the world

In PSHE lessons, especially those under the topic of ‘Living in the Wider World’, children will read stories and learn about individuals who have changed our world as we know it today. They will learn about money and by Year 6 they will have developed a basic understanding of enterprise. In PSHE, children will develop the power to change their actions to make a difference to the world.



Impact will be measured through pupil and parent voice and through teacher observations of the children and lessons.

QCA behaviour assessments are carried out twice a year of all SEN and PP children. They are kept in profiles, used to monitor children, and kept as regular evidence of changes in children’s behaviour. Play therapists or outside agencies will use the QCA scores.

Whole School Progression