The PSHEE Curriculum is central in providing opportunities for the children at South Lee to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills they need to lead a fulfilling and independent life. PSHEE is seen as an integral part of the whole school curriculum and is intrinsically linked to all aspects of life at South Lee. The messages given by the environment, ethos and relationships in school have a profound influence on the development of children’s values and attitudes therefore the PSHEE curriculum and the Pastoral aspects of school life are interlinked at every opportunity. Indeed, the flexibility of our PSHEE curriculum allows any pastoral issues that arise to be followed up and discussed during the next formal PSHEE lesson. At South Lee we aim to meet the developmental needs of all our pupils with regard to the learning of spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills.   

The PSHEE curriculum aims to promote self-esteem, responsibility, autonomy, ownership, independence, co-operation, self-respect and respect for others. To that end, the nature of the language, relationships and communication in the classroom and throughout school have a great influence on the effectiveness of the PSHEE curriculum and provides essential opportunities for addressing these particular aspects of a child’s development. There is a huge amount of care and emphasis given to the pastoral side of life at South Lee.  This whole school approach feeds into the PSHEE curriculum, giving them the flexibility to be both proactive in their delivery and content, as well as reactive to issues significant to the children at any given time. 

Year 1

Michaelmas Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • New Beginnings 

  • We Are All Special 

  • Cyber Safety 

  • British Values 

Lent Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • Responding to Others 

  • Making the Right Choice 

Summer Term

  • People Who Help Us 

  • Right and Wrong 

  • Similarities and Differences 

  • Fitness and Wellbeing 


Year 2

Michaelmas Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • New Beginnings 

  • Rules 

  • Friendships 

  • Relationships 

  • British Values 

Lent Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • Friendship 

  • Considering My Actions 

Summer Term

  • Looking After the Environment 

  • Keeping Safe at Home and School 

  • Fitness and Wellbeing 

Year 3

Michaelmas Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • I Am Special 

  • Personal Goals 

  • Cyber Safety 

  • Positive Mindset 

  • Rules and Responsibilities 

  • British Values 

Lent Term

  • Staying Safe Programme  

  • New Year’s Resolutions 

  • Democracy and Law Making 

  • Safety In/Outside School 


Summer Term

  • Rules and Loyalty  

  • Cooperation and Friendship 

  • Equality  

  • Moving On 

  • Fitness and Wellbeing 


Year 4

Michaelmas Term

  • Managing Risk and Change - To enable the children to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own safety and behaviour. The programme involves awareness of drugs and alcohol. 

  • Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

  • Rights and Responsibilities  

  • Staying Safe Programme  

Lent Term

Personal Safety 

  • Be Yourself and Not A Sheep 

  • Good and Bad Touch 

  • Understanding the Safety Rules and Who to Tell  

  • Recognising Bribes and Tricks

  • Assessing Problems and Risks to Keep Safe 

  • Assessing the School and Local Environment from a Personal Safety Perspective & Visit from Police Officer 


  • What is right and wrong? Making decisions for myself. 

  • What is right and wrong? Fairness and unfairness. 

  • What is right and wrong?  Sharing possessions with one another. 

  • What is right and wrong? The importance of personal honesty. 

Summer Term

Keeping Safe

  • Review of Road Sense  

  • Keeping Safe in Risky Situations 

  • First Aid Training 

Community Work in the Wider World 




Memories of Year 4  

Year 5

Michaelmas Term

New Beginnings

Working Together – Myself and My Relationships


Developing Listening and Communication Skills

Understanding Body Language

Group Work Skills - Giving and Receiving Feedback

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles


Personal Hygiene

First Aid

Staying Safe Programme

Lent Term

Self-Awareness & Perception of Self

Rights and Responsibilities in Decision Making

Discovering Personal Qualities

Setting Realistic Goals

Global Citizenship

Being a Global Citizen

Using Cool Planet Website

Healthy Lifestyle Choices – Getting A Balance

Global Citizenship

Summer Term


Rules and Rights

Basic Human Rights

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children



Me in My Community

Roles Within the Community


Anti-Social Behaviour

Year 6

Michaelmas Term

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

Drugs Awareness


Social, Illegal, Legal Drug Categories

Tackling Stereotypes of Drug Users

Peer Pressure

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles Drugs 2

Law and Drugs

Visit from Education Bus

Staying Safe Programme

Lent Term


Understanding Self and Values

Valuing Different Opinions

Parental Rights and Responsibilities – Conflict

Emotional Wellbeing

Self Esteem and Body Image

Global Citizenship - Diversity & Valuing Differences

Economic Wellbeing - Financial Capability: Budgeting - Needs vs. Wants

Salary and Deductions

Role of Charities

Summer Term


Local Community Issues

Local Community Project Work

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

Sex Education

Year 7

Michaelmas Term

Myself and My Relationships - Working In A Group

Aggressive/Passive/Assertive Responses

Taking Responsibility for Our Actions

Understanding the Consequences of Our Behaviour

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles


Staying Safe Programme

Lent Term

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

Food Choices - Balanced Diet

Understand Effects of Food Choices

Citizenship and the Global Environment

Research Project on Chosen Subject

Economic Wellbeing and Career Development

Economic Wellbeing and Personal Financial Capability

Summer Term

Myself and My Relationships

Global Citizenship - Diversity and Difference

Challenging Stereotypes

Race Equality and Cultural Diversity


Bullying - Impact on Victim, Reasons for Being a Bully, The Collective Roles in Dealing with Bullying, Information Available to Young People


Year 8

Michaelmas Term

Buddy System

Managing Time

Active Listening Skills

Sex and Relationships Education

Managing Change

Relationships - What Makes a Positive Relationship?

Puberty - Changes

Staying Safe Programme

Lent Term

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

Drugs - Alcohol

Relationships - Personal Space

Citizenship - Parliament and Democracy, Global Citizenship, Discussion Forums

Relationships - Loyalty

Summer Term


First Aid Training

Healthy Living - Sun Protection

Economic Wellbeing and Career Development

Economic Wellbeing and Personal Financial Capability

Leavers Programme

Relationship Sex and Education

Relationship Sex and Education is lifelong learning about sex, sexuality, emotions and healthy relationships. The aim of the Relationship Sex and Education is to educate our children so that they make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. It is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development, so that they learn to respect both themselves and others as they move through life from childhood through to adolescence and finally adulthood. It is not delivered in isolation, rather it makes up part of both the Science and PSHEE curriculum. Effective Relationship Sex and Education does not encourage early sexual experimentation, rather it encourages children to gain confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity.

The children are given opportunities to work in gender specific groups during this time, as this enables the children to ask questions which they may feel embarrassed to ask in front of a large group. The children are also supplied with a sealed question box, so they can put anonymous questions in there. The teacher will endeavour to answer all those questions which are reasonable and appropriate.

The Relationship Sex and Education is adapted each year, depending on the needs of the children.

Whole School Staying Safe Programme

This unit of work is presented separately due to the importance of safety work within the curriculum, including Child Protection.  Particular attention is given to the safe use of technology and is incorporated wherever possible as well as in the more formal dedicated lessons in ICT and PSHEE. Issues around cyberbullying are raised regularly both in class discussions and when the safety circles/networks are revisited each term. In this section we consider staying safe work throughout the whole school.

This unit of the PSHEE aims to give the children the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to keep themselves safe.  It is based on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Personal Development Program as recommended by the NSPCC. The curriculum is delivered using a range of methods such as role play, story and discussion. The teacher is the facilitator, guiding the lesson and ensuring the key teaching points are covered, but the ideas come from the children themselves. Personal Safety work also runs through other areas of the PSHEE Curriculum such as Drugs Education and Sex and Relationship Education.

Some aspects of the Staying Safe curriculum, such as ‘Worries’ and Internet Safety are revisited formally each term, but they are also incorporated more informally into all the work we do in PSHEE.

The Safety Circle forms the basis for all the work we do with regard to Personal Safety and to this end, it is revisited on a termly basis.  It is a key activity which is undertaken by all the children, in which they identify and record all the adults who they can turn to for help or reassurance if they have a worry. There is also a lot of discussion around what will happen to the worry once it has been shared with an adult. It is important that the children understand that an adult has a duty of care to protect a child and this may involve sharing the information with parents, the Headmistress and in some cases outside agencies, in order to ensure the safety of the child. It is revisited each term for two main reasons. Firstly, it reminds the children that we care about their worries whatever they may be, and it highlights their need to deal with any worries they may have. Secondly it allows them to review their choice of adult in the safety circle/ network should they wish to do so. It is important to bear in mind that the children should feel no pressure to include who we, as adults, see as the obvious choices. (e.g. a parent or teacher) Indeed, there may be times when a child needs to turn to an adult stranger for help, so it is important that personal safety work does not make a child fearful of all strangers, but rather allows them to seek out the safest way to get help when needed.

The remainder of the Staying Safe curriculum is taught using the themes:

  • All About Me

  • Looking After Myself

  • Out and About

  • Bullying Behaviour & Cyberbullying

  • Secrets & Telling


More details about the Staying Safe curriculum can be requested from the office.

01284 754654

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