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At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School,, Personal Development is at the heart of our whole school ethos. Our school Mission Statement which is, “Each one of us is unique, each one of us special.” underpins our view that it is a crucial element of all of our pupil’s education. We aim to achieve this by creating a happy, vibrant environment where diversity and individuality are celebrated. We nurture and inspire our children to develop confidence and resilience in an environment where efforts are valued and all children flourish. We believe we have a duty to our pupils to provide a Spiritual, Moral, Vocational, Social and Cultural education whilst promoting the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance. The curriculum helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. 

At St Annes, we recognise we have a responsibility to provide our children with accurate information about health related matters, whilst enabling their physical, moral and emotional development to thrive.

Our carefully selected curriculum content is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils so that they leave St Annes with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We aim to provide a universal whole-school curriculum that teaches social skills, grows emotional literacy, encourages self-awareness and an understanding of mental health and nurtures children’s positive relationships with themselves and others. Our progressive Skills Document contain the objectives for each year group and they are progressively mapped out to ensure our pupils are given the acquired skills and knowledge to further their education journey into KS3 and life beyond the classroom.
Our Relationships and Sex Education, which is a Catholic Scheme called ‘Life to the full’ enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives. 
Children are taught about positive relationships and respect for others, and how these are linked to promoting good mental health and well-being.
Integrating this personal and social development work into a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health Education (Health and Well-being) curriculum gives the relevant context to build skills, attitudes, self-esteem, resilience and confidence. It is a carefully sequenced ‘Curriculum for life.’



Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Alongside this, we use Life to the full by Ten Ten, which has been approved by our diocese. The content set out in this programme covers everything that we should teach about relationships and health, including puberty. The national curriculum for science also includes subject content in related areas, such as the main external body parts, the human body as it grows from birth to old age (including puberty) and reproduction in some plants and animals. We also look to safeguard our children in all ways and educate the children throughout school on the PANTS rule:

Privates are private

Always remember our body belongs to you

No means no

Talk about secrets that upset you

Speak up, someone can help


Substantive Knowledge:
A range of these ideas are explored through each PSHE unit and provide lenses through which to consider different aspects of this area of the pupil’s personal development.

  • Being me in your world (Who am I? Understanding your own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community)
  • Celebrating differences (Understanding diversity, respect, anti-bullying including cyber and homophobic bullying)
  • Dreams and goals (achievement, goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society)
  • Healthy me (body and mind, drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem, confidence, healthy lifestyles, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise)
  • Relationships (Friends, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss)
  • Changing me/Life to the full (Change, transition, relationships and Sex Education)

Disciplinary knowledge:
These are PSHE / life skills that are taught and applied through each unit of the PSHE curriculum. These skills build progressively as pupils move through the school.

  • Emotional literacy – (Self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation, managing feelings)
  • Responsibility – (Personal responsibility, responsibility towards others, relationships, world of work, staying safe, health)
  • Resilience – (Developing strategies for resilience, ambition, personal best, managing emotions)
  • Written and oral expression: (Using social and emotional literacy to confidently discuss personal experiences and the experiences of others in a variety of ways, making comparisons and links, explanations, awareness of audience, using evidence to support statements)

In addition to the Key Components and disciplinary knowledge, we also promote SMVSC (inclusive of our Catholic virtues and Catholic Social Teaching statements) British Values and Protected Characteristics. These are key strands that are embedded across the whole PSHE curriculum and are revisited in most lessons. Therefore, the following concepts are explored through the PSHE curriculum:

  • Social development
  • Moral development
  • Spiritual development
  • Cultural development
  • Vocational development
  • Emotional development
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion

In PSHE, by the end of EYFS children will:
Begin to develop and form positive relationships with adults and other children. This can be seen as they begin to show sensitivity towards others’ needs and feelings while playing cooperatively and understanding turn-taking. In addition, the children will be developing their self-confidence and self-awareness by demonstrating that they can take risks in trying new activities. These children will be able to articulate when and how they need help, even in groups. Furthermore, when managing feelings and behaviour, they are able to show and talk about their own emotions as well as those of others. They will also understand how to differentiate between positive and negative behaviour and understand that unacceptable behaviour could have consequences.

By the end of Key Stage 1 children will:
Develop their awareness of themselves and others in contexts which are familiar to them – such as their home and school. They will also be able understand how their behaviour impacts others around them and how to keep themselves safe and happy. The children will be able to identify what makes us all unique and special, just like our mission statement, and celebrate diversity within St Anne’s Catholic Primary School. Closely related, children will be able to articulate their understanding of bullying and recognise the negative impact it has. When considering their aspirations and goals, children can express how they feel when they succeed and can begin to work collaboratively in groups to achieve a common goal. Children will be able to understand how their body has changed from being a baby and can use the correct terms to describe parts of their body that are private (in year two specifically) As well as this, children will know how to take care of their bodies and mental health by leading a healthy lifestyle.

By the end of Key Stage 2 children will:
Be able to apply their understanding of themselves and others into the wider context of their communities and the world. Children will leave primary school with the skills needed to be a well-rounded member of society with a concrete understanding of their emotions and how to manage them effectively. By building on their knowledge from Key Stage 1, children will have further explored the diverse world we live in and will have built an understanding of the negative impact discriminatory behaviour can have whilst showing empathy with victims of this crime. In addition to this, children will understand how their body changes through puberty and into adulthood. Children will unravel the complex and confusing emotional changes that they experience during this stage of their lives. Furthermore, children will have an understanding of the detrimental impact that negative relationships with food, substances and media can have on their bodies and mental health. They will be resilient children who have the correct tools to deal with and overcome challenges and set-backs. Children will be able to take their aspirations and apply them to the wider world allowing them to become a role model and a positive global citizen.




By the time the children of St Annes leave our school, they will be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. They will be further along the journey to become healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society. Pupils will have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. Pupils will make sense of their own personal and social experiences and can understand and manage their own feelings. Pupils start to have an understanding how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved.

They will appreciate difference and diversity and recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty, along with our instilled Catholic virtues and Catholic social teachings. The children will be able to understand and manage their emotions and be able to look after their mental health and well-being and develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future. The children will have respect for themselves and others and have tools and strategies to promote a positive self-esteem.

Teachers assess the children’s work and set clear expectations of what pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of check Key Stage and set targets to support pupils. Our school celebration assemblies celebrate personal achievements both in school and outside of school. Children are chosen for effort, academic and a catholic virtue certificate to developing positive attitudes to learning.

Pupils’ voice is used in informing the curriculum through pupil questionnaires throughout the year. Therefore, informing the planning of the curriculum for the following school year.

Characteristics of a good Citizen

At Saint Anne's we are Good Citizens. We have...

  • An understanding and respect for ourselves and others

  • An understanding of our rights and responsibilities as members of a community and as a British citizen

  • An understanding of how to keep ourselves and others safe, including online

  • An understanding of the role of democracy at school and in society

  • The ability to celebrate differences

  • The ability to demonstrate acceptance and empathy

  • Motivation to achieve our dreams and goals, and to help others to do so too

  • Resilience to overcome challenges

  • A desire to make the world a better place

  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly and exercising regularly

  • Positive relationships with others

  • An understanding of how our bodies grow and change