PSHE including RSE

“The evidence shows that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education can improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of pupils. A virtuous cycle can be achieved, whereby pupils with better health and well-being can achieve better academically, which in turn leads to greater success.”  DfE review of PSHE education impact and effective practice.


At The Oaks Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society.


My Happy Mind 

We are proud to announce that we are a myHappymind Bronze Accredited school!

This means that as a school we consider the mental health and wellbeing of our children as one of our top priorities. We have created a whole school culture that helps build our children’s resilience, confidence, and self-esteem as well as teaching them how to self-regulate in those stressful times. 

To learn more about the myHappymind for Schools programme visit their website here –

Here at The Oaks, we use My Happy Mind to deliver our PSHE lessons to educate our children on the science behind their brain and empower them with knowledge to build resilience, balance and happy minds. My Happy Mind is an award winning program for schools & nurseries, families and organisations. It teaches preventative habits that support positive mental health, resilience and self esteem. All of the concepts taught are based on science and research and grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology. My Happy Mind is commissioned by the NHS up and down the U.K. due to the incredible impact the program has on reducing CAMHS referrals along with the overall improvements to the wellbeing of children, staff and parents. Please enquire with your class teacher if you would like more information and download the app to get involved!


My Happy Mind has been transformative for our school; children are better able to understand themselves and their responses to various types of situations. They are able name the three parts of the brain and can explain how each part helps or hinders them – Mrs L. Roberts, Head Teacher, April 2023


My Happy Mind is a great initiative issued by the NHS. Delivered with enthusiasm by all staff and equipping the children with real, practical life skills – Mr G. Devine, School Governor, May,2023


Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

RSE is delivered through regular PSHE lessons across the school where our children are exposed to age-appropriate relationships content. At The Oaks, we aim to meet the needs of our children and have designed a thorough curriculum to safeguard our children. We use a mixture of My Happy Mind and Yasmine and Tom to explicitly teach relationships and sex education alongside PSHE Association for guidance.

PSHE encourages our children to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens through high quality PSHE teaching. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


At The Oaks, we want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. 

What do we want for our pupils?

  • Develop a confidence in sharing their own thoughts and opinions with others 
  • Develop skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe 
  • Develop an attitude of a responsible global citizen
  • To show tolerance of others beliefs, religions and life choices. 
  • To build positive, respectful relationships with other people


What do we want from our PSHE/RSE curriculum? 

  • To build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
  • To effectively safeguard our children by empowering them with knowledge and vocabulary through explicit RSE teaching. 



How do we deliver PSHE/RSE at The Oaks Primary School?

The PSHE curriculum has three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Teachers use PSHE Association and Yasmine and Tom to support planning. Topics included in the programme of study are: Healthy Lifestyles, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe, Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference, Rights and Responsibilities, Environment and Money. In addition to this, staff make connections throughout the year to the wider curriculum allowing children to see the application of knowledge and skills gained through PSHE. We also use assemblies as an opportunity to further promote PSHE, British Values and SMSC.

The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group so that our children have the knowledge and vocabulary they need to be fully informed citizens. We are aiming for children to become more aware of RSE and know the purpose of it. Parents are invited to attend meetings related to the teaching of RSE and are welcome to contact the school for further support and clarification as required.  

At The Oaks, we also use school councillors to promote British values. Children vote for two school councillors in their class to represent their views. School councillors meet regularly and promote British values through competitions and school assemblies. At The Oaks, we recognise ‘World Mental Health Week’ and plan accordingly. We also have Mental Health Ambassadors to represent our pupils. 


The impact of a high quality PSHE curriculum will be:

  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance and mutual respect.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
  • Children will become healthy and responsible members of society
  • Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
  • Children will have the knowledge and vocabulary to describe what has happened to them clearly in a safeguarding incident.
  • Children will develop healthy, positive relationships with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.

 We enable our children to have a healthy outlook towards school and an increased awareness of mental well-being.  As a result, children will be able to achieve success across the wider curriculum. Teachers provide discreet PSHE lessons and assess pupil’s progress using My Happy Mind and PSHE Association guidelines, whilst pupil voice provides a measure of the children’s understanding.


The Oaks PSHE progressive Y1-6_

My Happy Mind parent information

Parent App information