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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Learning for life

Curriculum Intent

At Bearbrook, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent, resilient and responsible members of an ever-changing society.  This develops the whole child emotionally, intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and preparing them for life and work in the modern world. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excelling in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum.  Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider world.


The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils.'


We provide pupils to help them appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society by teaching PSHE as well as Religious Education (RE). The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of different religions and to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. RE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.


Curriculum Implementation 

Our PSHE curriculum is shaped to enable all children, regardless of background, ability and additional needs to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.


The PSHE curriculum is based on three core themes which are outlined by the PSHE Association: Relationships, Living in the Wider World, and Health and wellbeing. 


Within these topics, children will learn about the importance of building positive relationships with others and how to look after both their bodies and their mental health as they grow older.  They will learn about how families can look different and the foundation to a healthy family is love. They will also deepen their understanding of different emotions that they may experience and explore appropriate ways to manage and express these in an appropriate way. As part of Living in the Wider World, pupils will discuss how to recognise and manage potential dangers and risks they might encounter in their online and offline lives, how to save and look after their money, and where to go for help if needed.


When teaching Religious Education, we follow the agreed Buckinghamshire syllabus, SACRE. Within the syllabus, children will be able to show a basic understanding of Christianity and at least one other religion in Key Stage 1, focussing on important people and places, special things, stories and occasions. In Key Stage 2, pupils will show knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other faiths and beliefs, and can explain what difference faith makes in family life. Also, to understand what it means to belong to a religious community and the influence religious faith has on individuals and communities.