SMSC Subject Intent


At Ladypool Primary, we are unified in our belief that the teaching of SMSC (PSHE, RHE & RE) gives children the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to have a successful future. We believe that all children are entitled to high quality learning and teaching, which equips them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need today and prepares them well for the next step in their educational journey.

Our curriculum is a question-based, spiral curriculum that has been designed to give children the opportunity to build upon prior learning and embed and apply skills new and old as they move throughout our school.

The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximize the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will become confident, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle 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.

Throughout our SMSC teaching we aim to:

            Provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

            Encourage pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities.

            Allow pupils to learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.

            Give children the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

            Allow children to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

            Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.

            Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of their development and the importance of health and hygiene.

            Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy.

            Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of RHE, as set out in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.