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PSHE & Citizenship

Our PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum


Our teaching at St Edward’s is driven by the desire for every child to fulfil their potential as a child of God and to establish their place and role within both the local and world-wide community. The delivery of PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) alongside the broader remit of Citizenship and an awareness of their place in society, is woven into all of our teaching and learning experiences. The lessons are not taught in isolation. Our intention is for the broader themes to be woven into all of the work we do as a Catholic school. In this way, the children are encouraged to become responsible and respectful citizens with a conscience to better our God-given world.


At St Edward’s, all children from Reception to Year 6 have dedicated curriculum time on PSHE and Citizenship. Their experiences vary from:

· The examination of character virtues in relation to topics such as Caring for Others, Helpfulness, Co-operation, Stress, Exercise and Peer Pressure.

· Studying current affairs both locally, nationally and internationally such as environmental concerns, areas of conflict.

· Community involvement with charity work, Junior PCSO work and the School Council

· Whole school focus activities eg: Mental Health Awareness Day, Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Fortnight, Parliament Week, Internet Safety Week and Healthy Eating Week.

· Outside visitors to school eg: charity workers, various occupations (Vocations Week)

· Outdoor days which are used to incorporate the virtues explored in PSHE and Citizenship eg: leadership, problem solving skills, collaboration and resilience.

· Displays in all of the classrooms celebrate our teaching of the topics and the children’s work.


PSHE and Citizenship are not taught in isolation. The lessons we teach and opportunities we offer are designed to inspire the children to take issues on board, develop leadership qualities and make a positive difference to our ever-changing modern world.

Down Syndrome Day 2019

Every year World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st. This year, the global theme was "Leave No-one Behind." The whole school was also invited to wear odd socks to raise awareness of day. As part of celebrating this day a group of children, who have someone in their family with Down's syndrome or have Down's syndrome themselves, led a whole school assembly to raise awareness and understanding. They explained to the whole school that every single person with Down's syndrome should have the same opportunities as everyone else, in every area of life. It was a wonderful assembly and the whole school was proud of the children's effort and eloquence in raising awareness for Down's syndrome.