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At Melbourne Junior school, our intention is for all our children to see themselves both as valued individuals and important members of communities. We value each child as an individual, with a unique range of talents, interests, learning styles and needs and endeavour to promote a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing across the school. We want all our pupils to be thoughtful, caring and respectful people, who are able to form their own values and make informed choices. Through our curriculum, we intend to develop lifelong learners who are equipped with skills for use in an ever-changing world.


We aim to:

  • develop enthusiastic learners who are enriched, motivated and challenged through a stimulating curriculum;
  • equip the children with the ability to make safe and informed decisions, building the skills, knowledge and understanding of personal, social, health and economic education;
  • ensure that the pupils will experience the process of democracy, by teaching them how society is organised and governed and about their rights and responsibilities;
  • enable them to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society, respect and value our school and local community, the diversity and richness of other cultures and the natural world around us.



PSHE is taught through discreet lessons, as well as being integrated into a wide range of other subjects, activities, assemblies, celebration days and educational visits or visitors. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build on the statutory content outlined in the National Curriculum, the basic school curriculum and statutory guidance on drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, relationships and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. 


Our curriculum is designed around termly themes, in line with the Learning Outcomes and Core Themes outlined in the PSHE Association. This is the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, which is widely used by schools in England and is recommended and referred to by the DfE in all key documentation relating to PSHE provision in schools. The PSHE Association Programme of Study is based on three core themes: Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing. Within these themes there is broad overlap and flexibility and knowledge is built on as children progress through KS2.


Alongside curriculum coverage through English, Science, PE, DT, RE, History, Geography and Computing (online safety), we use resources from PSHE association, the SCARF scheme of work, British Red Cross, NSPCC, Go Givers, Crown Prosecution Service, Oxfam and Fair Trade to ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of the pupils in our school. Themes and lessons are structured and sequenced in order to engage pupils in purposeful learning by building on prior knowledge and helping connect knowledge, understanding and skills year-on-year, both within PSHE and across other subjects and the wider curriculum. 



Our Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society, who:

  • are aware of what makes them a good, responsible citizen who can form their own responsible values, in order to make informed choices and demonstrate respect for others;
  • have an understanding of protected characteristics, British Values and their rights, in order to understand the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people;
  • develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem and can clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings and know when and how to seek the support of others and how to look after their wellbeing;
  • understand what makes a healthy, positive relationship, know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and are aware of how to manage risk and stay safe;
  • know the role of money in their own and others’ lives; 
  • are positive and active members of a democratic society.