Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’

Personal Development


In Personal Development we want to give all children the opportunity to succeed and achieve. This is divided in to three main areas:

- Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

- Relationships and Health Education (RHE) where children learn the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe

- Mental Health and Wellbeing where through a range of experiences, development of skills and attributes we will ensure the children can go on to live a happy, healthy and safe life. 


We believe that all children will be the best they can be and the main driver for our curriculum is ‘reach for the stars’ which is why we have an ambitious curriculum that challenges the children to develop key life skills such as collaboration, perseverance, resilience, revising and questioning.


The breadth of our Personal Development curriculum is designed with three goals in mind:

  1. To provide appropriate experiences to develop as confident, responsible citizens;
  2. To provide a rich ‘cultural capital’;
  3. To provide a coherent, structured, PSHE/RHE curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.


Our Values in Personal Development



  • Problem solving: working together in groups to discuss ideas, thoughts and feelings and develop skills needs for later life.
  • Reasoning: talking about our learning, working together - pairs, groups, class, year group to explore, discuss and reason through a range of subjects and ideas.
  • Links across the subject areas: using skills developed through PSHE & RHE across the curriculum and the wider world.
  • Links with the wider world: we try to find out about the skills and qualities we need to learn about and how these will help us in the future.
  • Exploring: We work together to explore and share visions and ideas that influence how we learn, behave and interact with the world around us.
  • The world around us: respect for how PSHE and RHE can be used throughout life and supporting cultural capital.
  • Respect for others: Through learning and exploring different cultures and communities we develop respect and understanding that we are all unique.
  • Equipment: respect for all equipment we use and look after it to make sure others can use it too.
  • Respect for ideas: respect for different points of view and knowing that everyone is entitled to a voice and opportunity to have their thoughts and feelings listened to.



  • The World Around us: knowing that skills we develop are an integral part of daily life and can be applied to all situations and learning.
  • Our futures: knowing how the skills we learn in PSHE and RHE can link to jobs and what we do can help to shape the world in the future.
  • Vocabulary: understanding the  language and using it correctly.
  • Inclusion and equality: for all children to access the PSHE and RSHE curriculum.
  • Curiosity: develop a curiosity about all aspects of the world around them.
  • Broad curriculum: we teach a broad and balanced curriculum that is based on the needs of the children and the local area to give children the skills and confidence to be kind, respectful and thoughtful members of the community.
  • Inclusion and Equality: PSHE and RHE has the ability to bring us together and participate in discussions, debates and ideas that help children to think.  This includes children with SEN.


  • Have a go: PSHE and RHE is all about exploring problems, sharing ideas and discussing thoughts and feelings.
  • Fun: PSHE is fun and exciting because we can all learn together and help each other to understand what we find out.
  • Can do attitude: Through our PSHE curriculum we develop the skills to problem solve and we have a 'can do' attitude and understand that finding something hard makes our brain stronger. You might hear us say…’I can’t do it…..yet!’ This links closely with all our learning powers.
  • Positively approaching all aspects of the curriculum, developing competency and confidence, embracing challenge


Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEND) in Personal Development

SEND and disadvantaged children will have full access to the curriculum which fits with the school aims.  It is important to note, that because a pupil has been identified as having SEND, this does not mean that they will require a different curriculum to the majority of pupils. However, we recognise that at times pupils will require additional support to access the curriculum.  This is supported further with the PSHE planning framework for pupils with SEND. 

The Planning Framework is organised into six sections:

1. Self-Awareness (Me, who I am, my likes, dislikes, strengths and interests)

2. Self-care, Support and Safety (Looking after myself and keeping safe; aspects of Relationships and Sex Education.)

3. Managing Feelings (Understanding feelings, and that how I feel and how others feel affects choices and behaviour; aspects of Relationships and Sex Education)

4. Changing and Growing (How I and others are changing; new opportunities and responsibilities; aspects of Relationships and Sex Education)

5. Healthy Lifestyles (Being and keeping healthy, physically and mentally)

6. The World I Live In (Living confidently in the wider world)


Whilst these cross over with the main framework, they will support individual needs for those who need additional support in one of the above areas. 


We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our Personal Development curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to achieve. Through our curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.

Link to other subjects


How Maths may be linked


Problem Solving:  Through our approach to maths children can apply the skills of perseverance, revising and collaboration that children develop in our PSHE curriculum. 


Stories:  We love to share stories and often we link these to an area within PSHE to start a discussion or explore an idea.

Communication: Children learn to communicate effectively to share our knowledge and ideas sensitively and respectful in a range of contexts.

Vocabulary: Vocabulary associated with PSHE and RHE is taught within a safe environment that allows children to develop an understanding and confidence to use these words appropriately. Writing: As we move through the school, we start to communicate what we have learnt in writing, where appropriate. This helps us to show we have ‘mastered’ our learning and we are able to explain it to someone else.  


Investigations:  We use our knowledge of teamwork and collaboration to work together, take on role and to help us carry out a science investigation.

Ourselves: We link our learning about our bodies, healthy lifestyles and a well-balanced diet to understand the impact this has on each of us.


Historical figures: Through our exploration of key historical people we develop respect and understanding of different countries and cultures, by asking questions and using resources to explore.


Respect:  When exploring the world around us it is important to make observations and draw conclusions from what we see and learn. We become respectful of the environment and people around us to develop our knowledge of being a global citizen.

Safety: Through our curriculum we learn about keeping ourselves safe on trips, around water and the roads. Thinking about the physical and human features of the world around us.


Artists: Through exploring the work of Clarice Cliff and Van Gogh we learn to discuss our thoughts and feelings about other people’s work. We can share our likes and dislikes and develop acceptance that everyone has different opinions and we should respect these.


Design Technology

Cookery: This enables children to think carefully about how they complete activities safely and responsibly, using knifes, cookers and preparing food.   

Construction and Structures: This links to children using equipment safely and allows children to develop skills which can be used in the wider world.


Healthy Lifestyle: To ensure we have good mental health and wellbeing we take part in the daily mile and 2 PE lessons a week. We love to challenge ourselves to run further and celebrate the success of each individual. Through regular physical activity we build life-long skills and attitudes that will help us be active for life.


Perseverance: We learn how to use equipment respectfully and safely

Internet Safety: We learn how to keep ourselves and others safe through the use of ICT. We learn where to go for help and how to report issues. We also learn about the importance of talking to others virtually with the respect we would face to face.  


Listening to music: This helps us build respect and understanding for other cultures.

Making music: Children learn how to respond to and create their own music, giving positive and constructive feedback in a safe environment.

Some of our whole school work