Personal Social Health Education

Personal Social Health Education

The teaching of PSHE at Downsend focuses on a whole school approach to physical and emotional well-being. It is reflected in the values and ethos of the school, following four main themes:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health and Well-Being

Our Aims

To help our pupils to:

  • Be happy, confident and independent individuals
  • Develop self-knowledge and self-esteem
  • Distinguish right from wrong and to respect rules
  • Understand that with rights come responsibilities – accepting responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understanding how their contribution to the school community
  • Develop good relationships and have a healthy respect for differences between people
  • Develop a healthy and safe lifestyle
  • Develop an awareness of public institutions and services in the UK.


PSHE lessons are taught by the pupils’ form tutor, allowing them time to form a closer relationship and for the tutor to better understand his/her pupils’ needs and opinions. Our themes are taught through the use of the Go Givers PSHE scheme, enabling the class to consider and discuss issues. Lower School classes follow four core themes.

Core Theme One

Health and Well-Being

  • Managing risk and keeping safe
  • Managing change
  • Informed choices
  • Responding in an emergency
  • Influences.

Core Theme Two


  • Developing relationships
  • Managing emotions
  • Bullying and abuse
  • Asking for help
  • Equality and diversity.

Core Theme Three

Economic Well-Being and Being a Responsible Citizen

  • Self-respect and responsible behaviours
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Groups and communities
  • Respecting equality – being a member of a diverse community
  • Respect for the environment
  • Money and enterprise.


Year 5 pupils visit the Sutton Life Centre where they are taken on a virtual tour experiencing scenarios including a fire, a family argument and cyber-bullying. The pupils have to make choices as they move around. They also take part in an internet safety workshop, looking at online reputation and how to stay safe when gaming or on a social network site.


Head of PSHE / Reasoning: Dee Vanstone

01372 372197