Handcross Primary

Learning for Life

Our PSHE/ RSHE curriculum is called "Learning for Life" at Handcross Primary School.

At Handcross Primary School we believe that teaching personal, social, health education (PSHE) and citizenship is vital in providing a broad and balanced curriculum. Statutory RSHE helps children to become confident, responsible and independent young people, who are developing vital skills to keep themselves safe. 

Our Learning for Life Lessons at Handcross Primary provide children with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help children to stay healthy, safe and prepares them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.

Our weekly Learning for Life lessons supports the development of skills, attributes, values and patterns of behaviour which enable pupils to:

  • Value themselves and others
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships
  • Know how to keep safe and recognise dangers
  • To understand their rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens
  • Respect equality and to be productive members of a diverse community
  • Understand the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
  • Understand how their bodies grow and change

At Handcross we have tailored the PSHE Associations’ programme to suit the needs of our pupils, school and community. We follow three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. Where possible, cross-curricular links are made between Learning for Life lessons (RSHE/PSHE) and other subjects, for example in Science and English.

Learning for Life takes many forms: through whole-class teaching, smaller group activities, assemblies, guest speakers and discrete lessons. During Learning for Life sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Children spend time considering scenarios and possible responses to them.

Each child has a ‘Worry Warden’, this is an adult within the school that they children have chosen because they are someone with whom they feel they can share their worries. Every class also has a “Worry Monster” to give pupils a voice and to enable them to share their feelings anonymously in a safe environment if they wish. Pupils can pop their thoughts into the mouth of the cuddly soft toy Worry Monster, a child in Key Stage 1 explains the monsters job, “he eats up all our worries so we don’t have to worry about them anymore.” These worries can then be addressed in circle time.

We encourage children to take part in a range of activities that promote active citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, school fundraising, assemblies, class performances. The children have the opportunity to hear guest speakers, such as athlete’s, the local vicar and parents/ carers whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive community. We also take part in themed weeks such as Anti-Bullying week, to ensure children know what bullying is and how to deal with it.


Children's Mental Health Week 2021:

This year's theme is "Express Yourself". Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Talking about Mental Health:


 Wellbeing for children: 

Many young people and their families may be feeling anxious and worried at different times in the school year.  The following links are to support your child's wellbeing and mental and physical health. Keeping active, getting outside, being creative (e.g. baking or art), mindfulness time (e.g. yoga or colouring), can all help support your child and yourselves.

Childline Calm Zone 

Brain Break Breathing

80 Creative Activities 

Home Start 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 Coronavirus and your wellbeing


Lets talk PANTS

An important aspect of our Learning for Life curriculum is teaching safeguarding messages, including how to help children stay safe at school and outside school.

Meet Pantosaurus - our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message. We teach this important safeguarding message to our children: 

 PANTS Guide for Parents and Carers 

Useful Websites:

BBC Bitesize PSHE  KS1 

BBC Bitesize PSHE KS2

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