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PSHE at Portsdown

Why is PSHE so important?

Hello, I am Mrs Walker and I lead PSHE across the school. PSHE is extremely important to us all at Portsdown and it is highly valued.


We are very excited this year, as in November, Jenny Mosley will be coming into school to train staff in facilitating circle time. Circle time is used to help develop positive relationships between children. It aims to give them tools to engage with and listen to each other.


The PSHE programme of study has three strands— health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Schools are expected to cover all three but it will be mandatory for all schools to deliver health education and relationships and sex education (or 'relationships education' in primaries) by 2020. You can find this updated document on this page.


I am particularly passionate about raising the aspirations of children by bringing careers to life, broadening horizons, rather than narrowing options. This year we are going to link learning to different careers, challenge stereotypes and introduce real people. We have an aspirations week in January and I will be keeping you posted about this.






Mapping the PSHE Association Programme of Study to the new statutory guidance on Health Education and Relationships Education/RSE

2019 Guidance for Statutory Curriculum

Each classroom has their own PSHE display, as this is a focus area of learning for our school. Some displays may show breathing techniques or mindfulness, along with a range of art work showing a variety of emotions. Children are encouraged to talk about their emotions and how their bodies feel when they experience these emotions. Mindfulness and circle time is also very important to us at Portsdown. 

PSHE Classroom Displays

PSHE Classroom Displays 1 We talk about our emotions daily.
PSHE Classroom Displays 2 Emotion wheels in art!