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Marlow Church of England Infant School

Personal Social & Health Education

At Marlow Church of England Infant School, the PSHE curriculum aims to support the children to develop their self-esteem and individuality. Through PSHE, we want the children to learn to understand themselves, their emotions and their uniqueness.


By the time our pupils move onto to Year 3, PSHE and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will have helped them to identify the impact they have on others and the world around them and their place in society. They will have learned how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them.

The themes and topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide children with protective teaching on essential safeguarding issues, developing the knowledge of when and how children can ask for help.

Relationships education and RSE must give pupils understanding, vocabulary and strategies they require to keep themselves safe and to thrive within good, stable long-term relationships of all kinds” 

(Church of England Education Response)


Marlow C of E Infant School seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for PSHE that enables children to gain accurate knowledge, develop their own values and attitudes, and develop skills to grow into happy confident successful adults.

At the beginning of each year, every class sets ground rules that children must follow during PSHE lessons. This creates a safe and supportive learning environment and allows children to feel comfortable and to speak openly and honestly.

We use Kapow Primary as our main resource for delivering PSHE and RSE lessons. This works alongside MindUp which takes children in all year groups through a sequence of learning that builds self-awareness (ME), awareness and understanding of others (WE) and how to apply this to the wider community (OTHERS). Kapow Primary and MindUp nurture social awareness through practising perspective-taking and learning to think with an ‘open mind’, developing the ability to empathise with others, including those from backgrounds and cultures different from their own.

At Marlow C of E Infant School, we promote the needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture or background and all teachers consider the children’s age, ability and readiness. PSHE will be provided through discreet curriculum time, cross curricular where appropriate, assemblies, class discussions/circle time, as and when issues arise, ensuring time is made within the curriculum to meet the needs of the children and through extra-curricular activities. These include mental health awareness week, safer internet day, anti bullying week and walk to school week. We respect pupils’ unique starting points by providing learning that is suitable to their level, considering their age, maturity and how emotionally secure they are.


  • PSHE and RSE provision provides pupils with well-chosen opportunities and contexts to explore and embed new knowledge that can be used confidently in real life situations
  • Pupils are able to form healthy, happy relationships with other children and adults and recognise the features of unhealthy relationships and have strategies to challenge negative behaviour of others and seek help when needed
  • Pupils know how and when to ask for help and where to access support
  • Pupils are well informed and recognise the risks they may encounter both on and offline and are able to make safe choices 
  • Pupils are enabled to take responsibility for their actions and understand the implications and consequences of their own decisions
  • Pupils are well prepared for the next steps of their lives
  • Pupils have the knowledge, skills and attributes to live healthy, happy lives
  • Pupils understand and respect differences between themselves and others