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PSHE at Portsdown

Why is PSHE so important?

Hello, I am Mrs Walker and I lead PSHE across the school. Whilst I am on maternity leave the lovely Mrs Knight will be taking over. PSHE is extremely important to us all at Portsdown and it is highly valued!


Since coming back to school this September, we have a new statutory curriculum for PSHE. It is now mandatory for all schools to deliver Health Education and Relationships and Sex education (secondary) from September 2020. These documents can be viewed below.


Circle time continues to be used to help develop positive relationships between children. It aims to give them the tools to engage with and listen to each other. Since the outbreak of Covid 19, mental health and wellbeing has never been more important and this is a real focus for us Portsdown. Teachers make sure that children feel heard and that they have a voice to express freely how they are feeling. Children are encouraged to talk about their worries and concerns.


Below you will also find the updated PSHE policy. We have ensured it continues to effectively meet the needs of all our children at Portsdown, as well as the mandatory framework.


I am particularly passionate about raising the aspirations of children by bringing careers to life, broadening horizons, rather than narrowing options. Last year we had an aspirations week in January and it was a great success. Even with the Covid restrictions around visitors, we hope to build on this area this year.


Below you will find several documents linked to PSHE. There is a calendar with a range of events that will be celebrated in school. Coming up at the end of September is Healthy Living week. An A5 flyer will be coming home soon with ways that you can help your child and yourself be healthy at home. Black Awareness Month covers the whole of October. We are celebrating this in school through a range of books and talking to our history specialist in school, Mrs Barratt. She is helping us look back at many famous black people throughout History. Mr Smith, our reading champion is also creating a display in the library focusing on a variety of books that celebrate black awareness. This will be from non-fiction information books to fiction books written by black authors.






Healthy Eating Week 2020


Healthy Eating Week runs from the 28th September to 4th October 2020. The main aim of the week is to bring the UK together for a dedicated week, focusing on key health messages. A flyer has been sent home today (24/9/20) telling you all about it. Have a go at some of the activities with your children to really promote healthy living. 

Have fun and look out for the flyer! 

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. Each display also reflects what is being taught in the PSHE curriculum for that year group. Throughout the year, pictures of such displays will be celebrated here.