PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum Overview

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is embedded into all aspects of the curriculum.  In addition, there will be special weeks in school which are directly related to areas of SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship.


The themes for the PSHE curriculum are set out below.



Friends and feeling special, Things I can do, Feelings and feeling safe, Keeping safe, Personal safety network


Feeling special, things I can do and am learning to do, Feelings, feeling safe & ‘Uh-Oh’ signs, Secrets

Keeping safe, Personal safety network


This is my Adventure with Dot Com - This journal helps develop emotional vocabulary and safe language. Children learn that they can talk with someone about anything even if it seems unimportant or feels awful. Feelings are simply feelings, but behaviour is a choice which has effects and consequences.


The journal encourages discussing sensitive issues and looks at early signs of danger, feeling safe and who we can tell.  It also covers dreams, being different, living together, values and money, keeping our body clean, dealing with anger, secrets and social media. The journal enables them to record their achievements and reinforces that they are valuable and unique.


Moving on -The inspiration for this journal came from Nelson Mandela who grew up pursuing his dream of becoming South Africa's first black President. Nelson Mandela was know as the Rainbow Man because he believed in a 'rainbow nation' where people of all colours and religions lived together.


The Rainbow journal communicates to children how to feel positive about themselves and how we should respect others. It covers love, fear, money, possessions, and the importance of gratitude. It covers the question 'why do I need to go to school?' and encourages children to look after their health and avoid illegal drugs.



Looking @Risk - The topics covered include love, honour, courage and friendship. It looks at the rights of the child, risk and keeping safe, especially risks to the body including alcohol and smoking. Also covered: who we can tell, 999, fire, road safety, weapons, social media, secrets and making right decisions.



Values Versus Violence - In this journal children are given the opportunity to explore positive and negative values and realise that their values and beliefs, while often influenced by others, are theirs alone to choose. 


Values education is critical for children as violent subcultures promise young people excitement and status as well as an honour system. However it is vital to challenge the distorted values of these cultures and for children to learn that these things can be achieved safely through other means. For example, it asks whether carrying a weapon really is a good strategy for staying safe.



    K Kirby

    SMSC Leader