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Personal, Social, Health and Economic ( PSHE ) Education

PSHE at Velmead

‘Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline.  This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.  In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.’

(Adapted from the foreword by the Secretary of State, in the Department for Education’s Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education statutory guidance)

Here at Velmead we put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online.  This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy and to foster pupil wellbeing, developing resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. 

It is vital that we develop pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve these goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.  This is complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity and honesty.  The knowledge and attributes gained through PSHE will support pupils’ own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society. 

In addition, PSHE lessons are also linked to the statutory requirement to teach about the British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths/beliefs.

Here at Velmead we follow the SCARF PSHE scheme of work provided by Coram Life Education. Coram Life Education is one of the leading providers of relationships, health, wellbeing, and drugs education.  Meeting all DfE requirements for statutory Relationships and Health Education, and mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, they provide a framework of lesson plans, online planning and assessment – a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. 

To learn more about Coram Life’s SCARF scheme of work, please follow this link: Coram Life

Y5 PSHE Lessons September 2022


PSHE lessons got off to a great start with Year 5 learning about some of the skills that will help them in the future e.g. teamwork, communication and negotiation.  They completed a Collaboration Challenge where they split into groups and with just 6 sheets of newspaper and a roll of sticky tape, they had to build the tallest tower, which also had to support a small cuddly toy.  As you can see from the photos, there were some interesting designs.  Not all were successful but nonetheless, the children had great fun and enjoyed being able to complete the activity outside, making the most of the sunshine.

Friendship work by P6 January 2022

P6 have been exploring the qualities and skills needed for successful friendships.  Below is a poem by Harley, Jake and Theo that they performed to the class.  Others performed Raps, Songs and TV Adverts.

Coram Life Education Visit April 2022

Latest News!
An film recorded during the Life Educations lessons in April, was broadcast on Meridian News last night, to see the programme plesae click on this link.


Our students were delighted at the annual return of Coram Life Education this week, who delivered PSHE Workshops to every class.  Year 3 and 4 were particularly pleased to meet Harold the giraffe again and whilst Harold wasn’t actually a part of the Year 5 and 6 lessons, he did make a guest appearance, much to the delight of the children! It was an action-packed week that enhances and enriches topics discussed in PSHE lessons delivered throughout the year.

Year 3 and Year 4 explored Wellbeing and ways to emotional good health. They considered how to ensure that online behaviour is healthy and balanced.   Using interactive techniques, Year 3 then considered the importance of each body organ before meeting the class brain.  They learned how a brain sends and receives signals through the nerves and how it controls movements.  Helping with Harold’s homework, the children explored whether choices about taking a medicine, exercise, sleep, drinking and alcohol and smoking cigarettes help or harm the body.  Year 4 considered how choices we make, such as exercising and taking medicine, can affect what happens in the body.  They then went on to learn how important it is for us to be able to make our own choices, and that we can still be friends with other people despite of, and even because of their differences.

In Year 5 the theme of looking after our mental health, as well as physical health – and the connection between the two – was further explored.  They also considered how to ensure online behaviour is healthy and balanced.  Using interactive resources, they examined how our body systems work together to keep us alive.  The children were given the opportunity to discuss not only what a drug is, but how drugs can be used for medical and non-medical reasons.  Whilst the risks of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol were explored, there is an emphasis on the fact that an increasing number of young people choose not to take these risks.  Through role-play the children explored the influence of friends on decision making.  They identified and practised assertiveness skills.

The Year 6 theme was Decisions, exploring how the decisions a person makes can impact on both their mental and physical health.  They explored Wellbeing in greater depth, looking at the importance of looking after our mental and physical health, and the connection between the two. The children’s knowledge of the body was reviewed and they listed drugs they have heard of and then considered how these drugs have medical or non-medical uses.  Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and solvents – and any other drugs the children asked about – were all touched on in this workshop.  They learned about the basic laws on drugs and how drug misuse can affect a young person’s future aspirations.  Through the use of specially created films and role play, the children explored aspects of peer dynamics and risk taking in relation to alcohol and devised strategies for managing both influence and risk.  Children considered the types of activities most young people enjoy doing which do not present the same risks as using legal or illegal drugs.

Carole Holbrook
PSHE Co-ordinator

Guinness World Record Breakers 2021

September 2021
Great news, we have a Guinness World Record!!! 

The Royal Mail have sent us a certificate because our Postage Stamp Designs (examples on the right) were part of the Guinness World Record Breaking Postage Stamp Design Competition!  Well done TEAM Velmead!

World Record Certificate

Year 6 "Keeping Myself Safe" Posters February 2022

Year 6 created fabulous, informative posters as part of their PSHE topic 'Keeping Myself Safe', when they looked at issues they may encounter when crossing the road.  Their display in the school library will ensure their wisdom is shared with the whole school!

My School Community

During PSHE lessons, children learn what it means to be part of the 'School Community', to value the different contributions that people and groups make to the community and what living in a community means.  All children take part in our annual Christmas fundraiser, raising funds for the school.

Every child creates a Christmas design which is brought to life by turning their artwork into print!  Their designs can be put onto Christmas cards, wrapping paper, mouse mats and even chocolate bars!

Whilst it is too soon to be showing finished products, you can see from the photos taken in Year 4 that the whole school are busy designing their cards, painting backgrounds and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

PSHE Documents

Year 6 RESPECT Acrostics - January 2024

Whilst learning about tolerance and respect for others, Year 6 created RESPECT acrostics, examples of which are shown in the photos.  Year 6 understand that the term prejudice means ‘pre-judgement’.  A person is prejudiced when s/he has formed an attitude towards a particular group of people before having enough information on

Year 4 PSHE Lessons December 2023

In PSHE, Year 4 have been learning about Stereotypes and gender expectations.  They understand that a stereotype is when we think one way of being fits all situations and that this can negatively influence behaviours and attitudes towards others.  Part of the lesson involved working in pairs, looking at newspaper headlines and deciding what the stereotypical gender would be. One pupil drew the stereotype with the second pupil drawing the opposite.  This lesson certainly generated some interesting discussion amongst our pupils.

Step-by-Step Harvest Assembly October 2023

Life Education Lessons - 18th - 20th April 2023

This week Coram Life Education visited every class in the school, delivering high-quality workshops providing inspiring enrichment experiences, developing essential life skills.  Their expert educator delivered workshops covering sensitive issues including drug use, safe and unsafe relationships and mental health.  

Year 4 Drama Freeze Frames March 2023

Through drama and freeze frames, Year 4 examined the concept of aggressive behaviour and what this might look like.  They know that people are not aggressive in themselves but may show aggression - it is a behaviour.  They discussed the reasons why someone might behave in an aggressive way and what witnesses could do to de-escalate the situation (active bystander behaviour).

Year 6 Friendship Poster February 2023

Year 6 know that all humans have basic emotional needs.  One of the ways these needs can be met is through friendship, as shown in this poster by P6 and C6.

Year 4 Learning about Medicine 20th January 2023

Great work by Year 4 in PSHE this week! The children have been learning how medicines contribute to health and the importance of taking medicines correctly.  Our children know how to limit the spread of infection to keep themselves healthy and can suggest alternatives to taking medicine when they are unwell.  In the photos below, you can see their ‘alternative’ medicine bottles and examples of their work demonstrating their knowledge of labelling.

Christmas Card Production in PSHE October 2022

PSHE Christmad Card

Once again, the children are having great fun creating designs for our Christmas cards and stationery fundraiser.  This design can be printed onto high quality items such as cards, giftwrap, sticky labels, chocolate bar wrappers and for this year, A5 notebooks!   

Year 5 Remembrance Poems November 2021


The roots of the tree of friendship
Begin with absolute trust.
If we don’t trust each other
This friendship will be bust.
For eternal friendship
We must never betray.
If these criteria are met
My best friend you will stay

By Harley, Jake & Theo

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