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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 from September 2020. You can find this updated document below. Please note that an updated policy for Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be coming soon and will be attached below. Myself, along with the Leadership Team, are currently ensuring that our updated policy 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. 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.






We have been very busy already this year...


We have covered UK Parliament Week, where children were inspired to become the next generation of voters through lots of fun games and debates, allowing children to consider different possibilities and viewpoints. We have also covered anti-bullying week and road safety week. We were lucky enough to have a visit from a Senior Enforcement Officer to kick start our road safety week. We have lots more to come!

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

We talk about our emotions daily.
Emotion wheels in art!