Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

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

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

In PSHE education we want the children to...

Through our programme we want the children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Through our curriculum we will help to children to achieve their full academic potential, giving them the skills and attributes to tackle and manage learning and its challenges. We want the pupils to develop their ability and understanding of PSHE.


Implementation - How Do We Deliver the PSHE Curriculum? 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is based on the following:

- PSHE association curriculum planner.

- Discovery Education Relationships and Health Education

- Guy Claxton's Building Learning Power


Our PSHE curriculum teaches:

A clear breadth of topics that will be covered.

This includes:

  • Building Learning Powers – Collaboration, Perseverance, Questioning, Revising and Resilience
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • British Values
  • Economic Understanding
  • Stranger Danger
  • Staying Safe, including online safety
  • Inclusion and Equality


This will look very different across the school and as the children move on to the Junior School. The programme of study starts in Year 1 and in Year 2 they start to link there PSHE work to other subject areas such as Science and Maths.


What does PSHE education look like in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

PSHE education is not a discrete curriculum subject within the statutory EYFS framework. However, EYFS is still a great place to start exploring the foundations of PSHE education. The EYFS statutory framework areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Understanding the World, have close links to the PSHE education Programme of Study.  Learning and development opportunities for these areas, as well as Communication and Language, can be interwoven within the pupils’ experience through daily EYFS play-based activities, role-play areas, quality children’s fiction and reflective discussion to begin to build pupils’ knowledge and understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes related to PSHE elements of education.

Brilliant Brushers

We know that baby teeth are very important for a child’s health and development. A quarter of children who start school have tooth decay.

  • 38% of children with tooth decay  had sleepless nights
  • 67% of parents reported their child had been in pain
  • 41% of parents had to take time off work
  • An average of 3 days of school are missed due to dental problems

Supervised tooth brushing programmes are being recommended within schools and our school decided to take part in the pilot programme knowing that tooth decay rates are high across Shropshire.


This programme is called Brilliant Brushers which has been developed locally. The aim of the programme is to supervise children with their toothbrushing on a daily basis and encourage this to happen at home too. This programme is aimed at 3-5 year old children and all staff in Nursery and Reception have been training to support children.


Although this is predominately for Early Years, all parents in school have received information about tooth brushing and information about how having squash in drinks bottles can affect their teeth.


For a video explaining this programme further, click on the link below.

What does PSHE education look like in Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2)?

PSHE education in Key Stage One is taught weekly and interleaves with the rest of the curriculum. It is where we explore the how we learn, how to be fit and healthy and how we become a responsible and respectful citizen. The PSHE education programme has been closely planned to take account of the PSHE Association Key Stage 1 and 2 overview document and linked with our local curriculum including Building Learning Powers and Discovery Education. Learning and development opportunities throughout PSHE are based on opportunities to explore, discuss and evaluate different learning experiences in a safe and respectful environment which is support by establishing Ground Rules, using Class Characters and having an open and respectful environment. This builds on the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes gained in our Early Years Curriculum.


At the start and the end of every year, our children complete a Wellbeing questionnaire in year 1 and 2. This helps us to design our PSHE curriculum to focus on the specific needs of our children. This year, there were a lot of children talking about their sleep patterns being disturbed and therefore in class we have completed lessons about how to sleep well, sent information to parents and in the Summer Term our staff will be trained to be able to deliver sleep workshops and advice.


Pupil Voice and Learning