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PSHE (Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education)

At Highwoods we believe that PSHE is an essential part of children’s education and wellbeing so children can achieve their best, academically and socially. We use Coram Life Education’s SCARF programme of study which is mapped to the PSHE Association.  SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship.

We also meet these essential foundations to learning and PSHE requirements through curriculum links with science, PE, DT and computing.  Click here for a link to our curriculum map 


In SCARF lessons, children meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’) and friends. They have discussions and watch short films about Health, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

Every Autumn, we have a visit by Nancy from Coram Life Education who delivers fun and entertaining ‘Live Online’ life skills workshop sessions via zoom for all year groups when children can meet Harold and his friends.

See our photographs below of when we met Nancy virtually on the ‘Live Online’ workshops and in 2019 when workshops took place in the ‘Life Bus’.

Visit from the Life Bus.


Health and Relationships includes learning about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect children’s health and education outcomes.  Following new statutory guidance from the Department of Education, lessons have a particular emphasis on Mental Wellbeing, Respectful Relationships, Internet Safety and Harms and Online relationships.

Living in the Wider World – vital elements such as the rights of the child, caring for the environment, community, economic education and parts of British Values and SMSC are included and are essential to meet SMSC and Ofsted Personal Development, behaviour and welfare requirements.

We work closely with local churches who deliver a range of cross curriculum PSHE and RE sessions including a “Prayer Space” for Key Stage 2 for three days each year to support children’s SMSC development.

We also enjoy having visitors to help support the curriculum such as the Fire Service for years 2 and 3 and Bike Ability for year 6 children.

We offer a range of pastoral care to support children’s Social and Emotional learning including sessions in the form of Thrive, Forest School, yoga, play therapy, nuture groups clubs and ‘Lunch Bunch’ lunchtime club.

Foundation Stage learning to keep themselves fit and healthy by washing their hands, exercise and eating healthy food.

We are learning about relationships and how to get along with others by being kind, sharing, taking turns and team work. We posted letters to our friends and family to recognise special friends and made a class promise to care for each other.

Key Stage One

Year 1  are exploring different feelings and how we might be showing our feelings.

In year 2 we learn about how to manage our feelings. Pass on a smile especially if friends are feeling hurt or upset.

Year 2 learning about the importance of valuing differences and recognising how they are different to others.

Children look after their  environment so they can enjoy learning and playing in an attractive, clean, tidy, safe and healthy school.

Key Stage Two

Year 4  exploring feelings through different role play scenarios in which we can recognise, understand and manage ours and others feelings.