Burpham Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


PSHE is personal, social, health education and we learn about our feelings, our relationships and the skills we need as we grow up.  

At Burpham Primary School we aim to help our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.  Through our Relationships and Health curriculum, our pupils are given opportunities to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

The skills and knowledge that form the statutory Personal, Social and Health curriculum are taught in a variety of ways at Burpham: as a discrete subject following the HeartSmart program, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, English, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits and community activities. Through Relationships Education, pupils will learn about the characteristics of healthy relationships, how to safely form and maintain relationships and how relationships may affect physical and mental wellbeing. The Health Education aspect of the subject gives pupils the skills and strategies to manage their own mental and physical health and includes topics such as sleep, first aid, emotional wellbeing, nutrition and the link between physical and mental health.  Giving children the knowledge to be able to make informed choices with regards to diet and exercise.


  • Encourage children to be empathetic towards others members of the school community and wider society.
  • Provide children with the vocabulary to express their emotions and feelings and the knowledge of how respond to them appropriately.
  • Equip children with the skills to develop positive, healthy relationships both in and outside school, with their peers and adults.
  • Give children the confidence and knowledge to discuss their emotions with an appropriate person.
  • Equip children with basic self-care techniques.
  • Ensure children have experience of using modern technologies and are equipped with the knowledge about how to stay safe and healthy in a digital age.
  • Enable children to feel valued as part of the school community and wider society and to recognise the value of others.
  • Provide the children with the experiences, knowledge and skills to become positive and active members of society.


  • We refer to our school rules on a daily basis to enable children to be ‘ready,’ ‘respectful’ and ‘safe.’ This enables children to develop the skills through everyday classroom language to recognise the feelings and emotions of others around them.
  • Our twice weekly assemblies introduce key themes, such as friendship, kindness and diversity throughout the year for ages 5 to 11.
  • We use the Heartsmart scheme of work from EYFS up to Year 5 to embed a culture where children have a positive attitude about themselves and know how to be emotionally healthy.
  • We teach supplementary sex education through the Christopher Winter Project.
  • We cover key PSHE skills through all our curriculum areas, particularly during Computing (e-safety), PE (staying healthy), Design and Technology (staying healthy) and Science (self-care/staying healthy).
  • Children who are struggling with maintaining or developing friendships are offered interventions, such as Ginger Bear club in the Infants, Friendly Club in the Juniors or paired interventions.
  • Any children who are really struggling with self-esteem, how to recognise emotions, respond appropriately to others or develop friendships can be referred to our ELSA. The school has recognised the importance of Early Intervention and has recently invested in an EYFS ELSA programme
  • Visits from the school nurse in EYFS and Year 1 helps to enhance children’s understanding of how to take care of themselves and the visit from the Guildford Flames in Year 6 helps to cover the impact of drugs in an interactive, absorbing way.
  • Our school facilities and skilled staff mean that children have at least two hours a week of physical activity during class time as well as opportunities during break-times to develop physical fitness (e.g. access to the MUGA)
  • Curriculum enhancement days help to increase children’s health, self-esteem and ability to think of others. For example, Sports Day, Outdoor Learning Day, Children in Need.
  • A wide range of extra-curricular clubs help children to develop their own interests, which in turn aids their self-esteem. E.g. Art and Craft, Playball, Technology
  • Children must sign a home-school agreement on how to appropriately use technology in school at the start of each phase.
  • Parents are invited to an informative evening on e-safety.
  •  We promote a growth mindset in our children in order to create resilient, flexible learners.
  • Children are introduced to our ‘Learning to Learn’ characters in EYFS and are exposed to the language throughout their time at Burpham



  • Our children play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
  • Children recognise what it means to be healthy, how to lead a healthy lifestyle and what to do if they are concerned about their health.
  • The children know who to turn to in difficult times.
  • Children have respect for themselves and others.
  • Children know how to keep themselves safe mentally, physically and online.


 Vocabularly Progression.pdfDownload
 Whole School PSHE Progression.pdfDownload
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 Heartsmart curriculum overview.pdfDownload
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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships Education a statutory part of the curriculum and we agree that this is a crucial aspect of the primary curriculum. Safeguarding our children is of paramount importance to us at Burpham Primary School. We also believe it is essential that children are provided with age-appropriate information to assist them in making sensible choices and developing respect for themselves and others as they progress through the school.

Relationships and sex education is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects are taught in science and others are taught in discrete lessons as part of RHE.

 A comprehensive programme of RSE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.

 With this in mind, we use resources from ‘The Christopher Winter Project’ to support the teaching of RSE throughout the school. These resources have been commended by the PSHE Association and fully support the Science National Curriculum.

Please click on the links below to view our RSE Policy and RSE Schemes of Work for each year group: 

No Outsiders

 In the Spring term of 2022, we introduced the No Outsiders resource into our PSHE curriculum. This programme of study is centred on the Equality Act 2010. It promotes understanding and acceptance of the protected characteristics named in the Equality Act.    


It is important to us that we equip our children with the understanding and empathy to live as global citizens. The central ethos of the No Outsiders curriculum is ‘All different; all welcome.’ This links very closely with our inclusive values at Burpham Primary School and our three key rules of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’.  The governing body is fully supportive of this approach.  


The lessons will be taught using age-appropriate picture books once per half term and will run alongside our current PSHE and Heartsmart provision. The children will also take part in No Outsiders assemblies each week which will highlight how inclusivity is achieved in various ways around the world. The assemblies are often based on current events and always end with an understanding of how the message links to the No Outsiders theme.  


If you would like to know more about the No Outsiders resource, you can access the website: No-outsiders 

 RSE Policy 2020.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 1 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 2 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 3 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 4 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 5 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
 Teaching SRE with Confidence - Year 6 - Scheme of work.pdfDownload
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Supporting your child with RSHE

Use the links below to support your child further with their RHSE.