PSHCE Curriculum

At Gosforth Junior High Academy we look to follow three key themes across the PSHCE curriculum with all of the units of study fitting under one or

 more of the following;

- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships
- Living in the Wider World.

PSHCE education at both KS2 & KS3 is a planned, developmental programme of learning

through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.


The topics covered across the key stages are designed to help pupils reflect on key issues and ideas that occur locally and globally. The Key Stage 2 curriculum complements Key Stage 3, allowing students to explore further key issues in society or about themselves.


   Year 5  


          Year 6


Autumn 1
Being me in my World


Planning the forthcoming year
Being a citizen
Rights and responsibilities Rewards and consequences
How behaviour affects groups
 Democracy, having a voice, participating

Identifying goals for the year
Global citizenship Children’s universal rights
Feeling welcome and valued
Choices, consequences and rewards
Group dynamics Democracy, having a voice
Anti-social behaviour Role-modelling

Autumn 2
Celebrating Difference


Cultural differences and how they can cause conflict
Rumours and name-calling
 Types of bullying Material wealth and happiness
Enjoying and respecting other cultures

Perceptions of normality Understanding disability
Power struggles Understanding bullying Inclusion/exclusion Differences as conflict, difference as celebration

Spring 1
Dreams and Goals


Future dreams
The importance of money
 Jobs and careers
Dream job and how to get there
Goals in different cultures
Supporting others (charity) Motivation

Personal learning goals, in and out of school
Success criteria
 Emotions in success
Making a difference in the world
Recognising achievements Compliments

Spring 2
Healthy Me


Smoking, including vaping
Alcohol and anti-social behaviour
Emergency aid
Body image Relationships with food
Healthy choices Motivation and behaviour

Taking personal responsibility
How substances affect the body
Exploitation, including ‘county lines’ and gang culture
Emotional and mental health
Managing stress
Summer 1


Self-recognition and self-worth
Building self-esteem
Safer online communities Rights and responsibilities online
Online gaming and gambling
Reducing screen time
Dangers of online grooming SMARRT internet safety rules

Mental health
Identifying mental health worries and sources of support
Love and loss
Managing feelings
Power and control Assertiveness Technology safety
Take responsibility with technology use
Summer 2
Changing Me


Self- and body image Influence of online and media on body image
Puberty for girls
Puberty for boys
Conception (including IVF)
Growing responsibility
Coping with change Preparing for transition

Body image
Puberty and feelings Conception to birth Reflections about change
Physical attraction
 Respect and consent Boyfriends/girlfriends Sexting


PSHCE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be sociable and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHCE is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on, and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHCE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build on their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.