Ladycross Infant and Nursery School



We value PSHE as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our provision positively contributes to the personal development of the children by equipping students with attributes, skills and knowledge they require to support physical, mental and emotional well-being in school and beyond. It provides them with the opportunity to develop independence, to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas and to work collaboratively. PSHE education also encourages pupils to develop positive attitudes to their learning, encouraging pupils to show respect and develop positive behavior, and conduct both in school and beyond. Our PSHE curriculum is central to giving the children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible British Citizens.

Language and vocabulary development are valued within Ladycross Infant School and we believe that PSHE should be language rich and children should be exposed to new and accurate vocabulary. We aim to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children can develop their vocabulary by gaining confidence to ask questions, challenge information they are offered, draw on their own experiences, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.

High quality PSHE should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to experiment, problem solve, reason and progress. As children move through school they should be able to think critically and draw upon their own knowledge and skills to inform their decision making; enabling them to understand risk and make safe, informed decisions. They should also appreciate the power of PSHE and the impact it has on emotions and well-being and how it teaches us methods of communicating and how this is used across the world. Our scheme of work promotes all of the above and includes all of the requires objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The scheme of work fulfils the requirements of the 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced curriculum.


The teaching of PSHE at Ladycross Infant School is based upon the EYFS curriculum. The National curriculum and a PSHE Scheme of Work, an off the shelf curricular which the school has purchased called ‘PSHE Matters Derbyshire’.

To ensure a clear structure for the teaching of PSHE across school a progression of skills is in place. This ensures that the children are given the opportunity to revisit and review previous learning, whilst systematically building upon these existing skills to move learning forward, thus preparing them for the next stage in their learning and development. Within Key Stage One the PSHE scheme of work is constructed into 12 modules that could be taught in any order over a two-year period to allow flexibility and allow adaptation and development where appropriate based on the students’ and community needs. Each module starts with learning opportunities, these are taken from the PSHE Association Programme of Study 2020 statements which are base in three core themes: Health and Well-being; Relationships and Living in the Wider World, these modules also ensure the coverage of Citizenship requirements. Our curriculum also promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by providing them opportunities and learning experiences that teach them essential skills and attributes that they can apply to all areas of the curriculum, for example; active listening, self-confidence, reflection and awareness, team work and negotiation as well as managing risks and decision making. The proposed coverage of PSHE can be noted within yearly overviews and long-term plans. The scheme of work provides supporting materials such as lesson plan ideas, lesson resources, assessment statements and learning journey records, all of which can be used the teacher’s discretion. PSHE Matters Derbyshire units are designed in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussions and games. These activities enable children to build confidence and resilience. Assessment for learning opportunities are present throughout lessons allowing self-evaluation and reflective learning and each unit of work provides ideas for baseline and summative assessment. 

In Key Stage One PSHE is taught from the PSHE Scheme of Work modules, whilst in EYFS, PSHE is underpinned and reinforced continuously though the continuous provision activities which gives them opportunities to work on skills such as communication and turn taking on a daily basis. In EYFS children are assessed against the EYFS development mattes framework for PSHE, assessing their Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language and Understanding of the World.        

We recognise that PSHE is taught doesn’t have to be taught within ‘PSHE lesson’ and that the magic of PSH allows it to be taught and applied through daily practices such as assemblies, school clubs, school events as well as break times and across other curriculum subjects. Through self and peer evaluation we celebrate both our own and other people’s success.


Within PSHE, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of PSHE to enrich the children’s learning experience and to help prepare students for life and work by developing ‘skills for life’. Children are enabled to develop their vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings openly, trust and respect, apply skills learnt to manage and recognise own well-being needs and know how and when they can seek the support of others. Our PSHE curriculum is high quality and is planned to demonstrate academic development and progression as well as positively impact any social and emotional barriers to learning by building confidence and self-esteem.

We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways –

  • Pupil voice discussions about their work and what they have learnt.
  • Pupil self-assessment techniques and strategies so they are able to assess their own knowledge and skills and reflect on learning.
  • Learning walks, observations and assessment of the children’s work.
  • Termly planning to evidence delivery and sequencing of lessons.
  • Tapestry observations within EYFS
  • Children in EYFS are formally assessed against Development Matters within PSED termly. At the end of EYFS students are assessed against the ELG’s.
  • Teaching staff in KS1 assess children’s ability within PSHE modules termly based on PSHE Matters Derbyshire scheme of work.
  • Formative feedback throughout lessons to help students identify how to improve.
  • Student’s progress is monitored closely and used to inform teaching, before being shared between year groups upon transition.

More information about PSHE at Ladycross.

Victoria Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG10 5JD