Arkwright Primary School


"Be the change you want to see in the world."  (Mahatma Gandhi)


Intent- Why is PSHE so important?

At Arkwright Primary School we believe that PSHE is central to the wellbeing and health of our children and underpins all areas of a broad and balanced curriculum.

We aim to:

  • Nurture the whole-child and develop them to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
  • Support our children’s wellbeing and tackle issues that can affect their ability to learn.
  • Develop skills such as teamwork, communication and resilience.
  • Ensure pupils are able to keep themselves safe including online.
  • Follow PSHE Matters scheme and make this central to our teaching.


Implementation- How do we plan, teach and assess PSHE?

We plan our PSHE using the approved PSHE Matters Curriculum.   The PSHE Modules are constructed around four age groups: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.  Within each age group there are 12 learning modules that are taught over a two-year period.  The 12 modules are:

  1. Drug Education - including how to manage risk and peer influences
  2. Exploring Emotions - including how to recognise and manage feelings and emotions
  3. Being Healthy - including the importance of looking after our mental health
  4. Growing up - including the Sex Education element
  5. Changes - including loss
  6. Bullying Matters - including how to ask for help
  7. Being Me - including identity and community
  8. Difference and Diversity - including challenging stereotypes
  9. Being Responsible - including looking after the environment
  10. Being Safe - including online and offline
  11. Relationships - including what is a healthy relationship
  12. Money Matters - including enterprise


Teaching of these modules takes place weekly and is recorded in our class floor books.  These are completed by adults and children in the class and used to record ideas and learning from each session.  The teachers are continuously formatively assessing the children through observations and questioning.  At the end of each half termly module, pupils complete their PSHE Passport to record their learning and understanding.  This in then recorded on Curriculum Maestro to inform future planning and support.


Long term plan

Cycle A

Being Healthy

EYFS: Health and Self-Care

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing


EYFS: Making Relationships

KS1-2: Relationships

Exploring Emotions

EYFS: Managing Feelings and Behaviour Making Relationships

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing

Difference and diversity

EYFS: People and Communities Making Relationships

KS1-2: Living in the Wider World

Being responsible

EYFS: The World Managing Feelings and Behaviour Making Relationships

KS1-2: Living in the Wider World

Bullying matters

EYFS: Managing Feelings & Behaviour People and Communities

KS1-2: Relationships

Cycle B

Drug Education

EYFS: Self-Confidence & Self- Awareness Health & Self-Care Managing Feelings and Behaviour

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing

Growing up

EYFS: Understanding the World

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing


EYFS: Understanding the World

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing

Being Me

EYFS: Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness Making Relationships

KS1-2: Living in the Wider World

Money matters

EYFS: Making Relationships

KS1-2: Living in the Wider World

Being safe

EYFS: PD: Health and Self-care

KS1-2: Health and Wellbeing


The mental health and wellbeing of everyone within the Arkwright Primary School community remains a priority within our school. We all have mental health and it is important that students learn how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.


As well as providing support and intervention through our Pastoral support and trained staff, we also encourage students to care for themselves as well as know who in school they can turn to for help and advice. 


Improving our Mindset

Healthy routines such as a good night's sleep, eating well and attending school on time and consistently can make a great start to looking after the mental health of our young people. Our trained staff are always available at the start and end of the school day to speak to anyone who may have concerns. 


Key members of staff

Mr Roberts is the school's Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead and oversees the wellbeing provision offered to everyone in our school

Mr Roberts is also our RSHE Coordinator and monitors the deliver of mental health and wellbeing education across the curriculum

Miss Stevenson and Mrs Gould are our Learning Mentors and delivery both whole school mental health education sessions such as intervention and support. 






Changing Lives Bolsover 

Arkwright Primary School is supported in the wellbeing services we can offer through the Changing Lives service. 


The Changing Lives Service is part of a national trailblazer project, funded by the Government as part of its ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health as cited in the NHS Long-Term Plan. They offer a range of services to the school including whole school and 1:1 initiatives. More information can be found by visiting:


Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

We always encourage families and students to speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns about your own mental health and wellbeing or that of a loved one. 


Support and information is out there should you wish to seek your own advice and here are just a few websites that we have found useful:

Derbyshire Mental Health Support