Copley Junior School

P.S.H.E. Curriculum

At Copley Junior School, we believe in providing the children with exciting, creative and meaningful learning experiences, which build their enthusiasm for learning and help them to grow and develop not only academically but spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and morally too. Our approach to Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (P.S.H.E.) informs not only dedicated teaching sessions but the whole of the curriculum and all aspects of school life as we aim to give our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to enable them to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed active citizens.

 To view our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (P.S.H.E.) Policy, please click here.

To read our Emotional Health and Well-Being Policy, please click here.
To read our pupil-friendly Emotional Health and Well-Being Policy, please click here.


To read our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for PSHE, please click here.

You can find further resources on our Mindfulness, Relaxation and Creativity page by clicking here.

You can also find further resources on our Emotional Health and Wellbeing page by clicking here.

Long Term Plan for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (P.S.H.E.)

An overview of coverage for each year group is detailed in our long term plan below.

Learner Values

At Copley Junior School, we believe in developing the ‘whole child’. Our Learner Values support our school ethos of helping children to develop important life skills and are embedded throughout our school and our curriculum.

Our seven Copley Junior School Learner Values were chosen by a whole school pupil vote as well as discussions with our teaching team, governors and the Parent Forum.

To find out more, please visit our 'Learner Values' page.

R.S.E. Curriculum

Relationships and Sex Education (R.S.E.) is lifelong learning about physical, moral and intellectual development. It is about the understanding of the importance of family life, as well as other stable and loving relationships, based on respect, love and care. It is also about the age appropriate teaching of aspects of sex and sexuality. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. Copley Junior School is committed to helping children and young people develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge that will enable them to develop strong, healthy personal relationships now and in the future.

To view our R.S.E. Policy, please click here.

An overview of coverage for each year group is detailed in our long term plan below.


R.S.E. Overview

Snapshots of our PSHE Work

In their project 'Scrumdiddlyumptious', children in Year 3 identified that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition and they learned about the principles of a healthy diet. Year 3 started their learning by classifying different food items, considering the different food groups and creating their very own 'Eat-Well Plate'.

Year 3 learned that we all need to eat a balanced diet to stay healthy. The food that we eat contains many different nutrients to support our body as it moves, grows, and repairs itself. Our body needs 13 different vitamins to work effectively!

Food labelling gives us lots of information about the ingredients and nutritional value of the food that we eat. The labels help us to make informed choices using a traffic light system. Green means it is good for us to eat and red means that we should avoid it. Year 3 played a card game to test our understanding of healthy and unhealthy foods. Who knew learning about food could be so much fun?!

Children designed and created their own healthy fruit smoothies and flatbreads with different flavourings. Children also designed posters and cartons to advertise their fruit smoothies. The Scrumdiddlyumptious cafe was then opened for parents and relatives to purchase and sample the delicious products.


As part of their PSHE study unit 'Feelings and Relationships' Year 4 discussed 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch. Children considered the emotions of the figure in the foreground and why he might be screaming. This led to discussion of anxiety, fears and phobias and ways in which we can cope with these.

During a session on 'Good and Bad Secrets' children discussed when it is the right decision to keep a secret and different situations when you should not keep a secret.

In our PSHE lesson children in Year 4 dicussed when having some quiet time helps us relax and feel better. We discussed that spending too much time on our own can be lonely and what we can do to help ourselves if we feel lonely.

Children in Year 4 have also considered similarities and differences and how we can encourage people to respect differences.

Fantastic research about the life and legacy of Rosa Parks, inspired by our learning project 'Road Trip USA'. What super work!

In one of their RSE lessons Year 4 considered gender stereotypes, discussed many types of jobs and considered who might be suitable for different jobs.

As part of their PSHE project on 'Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing' Year 5 considered which substances can be classed as drugs, including legal substances such as caffeine in sugary drinks.

As part of their 'Time Traveller' project, Year 5 described the changes as humans develop to old age. Children researched the stages of gestation in humans using photographs, books and laptops and then presented their information in written reports. They then compared human gestation with that of various animals. Year 5 also designed posters to present information about the importance of hygiene to help keep our bodies healthy.

In their PSHE lessons, children in Year 5 discussed the chracteristics of a true friend and then wrote the recipe below:

Swim Safe

Many thanks to the RNLI and Swim England for providing our Year 5 Swim Safe session. Young people love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool. Swim Safe gives children aged 7–14 an opportunity to learn how to be safe in and around open water. Our strongest 24 swimmers were selected by our weekly swimming instructor for a fun outdoor swimming session with fully qualified lifeguards and swimming instructors.

Year 5 learned about the dangers of falling into cold water and guidance to improve the chances of survival.


How far can a sneeze travel and how can we prevent others from getting ill? Through this science activity Year 5 and 6 learned more about the spread of microbes and their potential to infect people. Children measured the distance and impact of a sneeze by using water in a spray bottle.

Children drew a person anywhere in the 'sneeze zone' (a 4m long roll of paper). The water was sprayed twice (to represent a sneeze) and children measured how far the water droplets travelled using a ruler from the 'sneeze zone' start line and how many people on the mat were affected by the sneeze. Children checked carefully for water marks and drew a red circle round people and areas affected.

The experiment was repeated with a hand in front of the spray (to represent someone sneezing and putting their hand over the mouth) and then repeated again with a tissue in front of the spray (to represent someone sneezing into a tissue.)

Children then compared their results, discussing the findings and their conclusions.

Children decided how they wanted to present their learning. Connie and Afreen decided to prepare a powerpoint and shared this in assembly so we could all think about keeping each other healthy by stopping germs from spreading.

As part of their project on 'Blood Heart' Year 6 researched how unhealthy choices affect the heart and chose how to present their learning.

Strrretch...and relax! Thirty four children in Year 6 have been very dedicated in attending early morning yoga sessions from 8am. A perfect way to start the day with body and mind balanced.

As part of their 'ID' project on identity, Year 6 presented independent work on the theme of 'What makes!"

Star Medics First Aid  -  Our Star Medics First Aid training course is a carefully developed after school programme that is aimed at primary children. It covers such issues as what to do if someone has a sprain, broken a bone, has an asthma attack, heart attack or suffers cuts and grazes. Bandaging patients and practising CPR on dummies is all part of the course. This a great opportunity for children to learn the basics about how to save a life. When children successfully complete the four week course they receive a ‘Star Medics First Aid’ certificate.

'Crucial Crew' - Our annual Year 6 'Crucial Crew' visit enables our Year 6 pupils to work with South Yorkshire Police to learn more about the rule of law, the rights and responsibilities of people in society and how to keep safe. This includes taking on the roles in a courtroom scenario and visiting a prison cell; learning about the dangers of arson and knife crime; taking part in a workshop about e-safety; safe travel on public transport, crossing the road safely and learning emergency first aid skills.

Links with our local PCSO - Our two local PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) are valued visitors to the school. In their assembly below they talked to all the children in school about the consequences of anti-social behaviour, being safe online and sensible, safe behaviour around Bonfire Night.

Bikeability - We offer Bikeability training to all pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 each year. In 2019-2020 fifty four Year 5/6 pupils took part! This training is designed to give children the skills and experience to cycle safely and confidently. The training involves cycling in both an off-road playground environment and on roads around the vicinity of the school. Children enjoy cycling and of course it brings many health benefits, develops confidence and gives them independence. Children who have been trained are much safer and, in addition, tend to cycle more. Well done to all our pupils who passed their Level One and Level Two training!

Accreditations for Supporting PSHE, Emotional Wellbeing

AcSEED Award (Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Schools)

We are proud to share that we have met the national AcSEED criteria for emotional wellbeing and mental health support, and we have therefore been accredited with the AcSEED Award. Copley Junior is the first primary/junior school in Yorkshire to be awarded the AcSEED accreditation!

The external AcSEED review team reported back to us to share that they were particularly impressed with:
    1. "The work of the Wellbeing lead in promoting Positive Mental Health within Copley Junior.
    2. The work of the Anti-Bullying Ambassador pupil team.
    3. The involvement of Governors in the school’s wellbeing development.
    4. The child friendly wellbeing policy is inspirational.
    5. Pupil leadership groups formulating policies and promoting student wellbeing.
    6. The Mini Life Coaches PowerPoints.
    7. Involvement in the 'Mental Toughness' programme.
    8. The Civic Mayor’s ‘Make a School Difference’ Award for Mini Life Coaches.
    9. Achievement of the Diana Award – National Anti-Bullying Award.
    10. Listening to students and responding to their ideas to shape emotional wellbeing in school.
    11. The work of the Mini Life Coaches.
    12. The range of activities available to students with a focus on emotional health.

To find out more about the AcSEED Award, please visit their website by clicking here.

Healthy Learning Healthy Lives Award

Doncaster Local Authority has awarded Copley Junior the Healthy Learning Healthy Lives accreditation. The Healthy Learning Healthy Lives Award judges school provision against the criteria set for PSHE, P.E., emotional wellbeing and promoting healthy eating. Our assessor commented, "Your submission was of a fantastic standard showing the commitment you are making to support health and wellbeing as a setting."

Awards and Recognition for the Mini Life Coaches

Civic Mayor Award for the Mini Life Coaches

We are very proud to share that our Year 6 Mini Life Coaches have been awarded the Civic Mayor’s ‘Make a Difference School Award’, out of 93 nominations from schools across Doncaster.

 Our Year 6 Mini Life Coaches provide peer mentoring across school and have been very successful in leading lunchtime workshops on a variety of themes: meditation and relaxation; mindfulness colouring; outdoor teamwork fun and creative crafts. The feedback from the children who have attended (65% of our school community, 130 children) shows what great impact the workshops have had. Please visit the Mini Life Coach website page to find out more by clicking here.

I am very grateful to Miss Wright, our fantastic PSHE subject leader, who leads our Mini Life Coach work with so much enthusiasm and dedication. She was very proud to attend the celebration event at the Mansion House and to see our award being presented to one of our Mini Life Coaches by the Civic Mayor, Councillor Majid Khan. The event shared many inspirational examples of young people making a positive impact in their communities.

PSHE Subject Leader Diary published in 'Everything Curriculum' magazine

Well done to our wonderful PSHE subject leader, Miss Wright, who leads our PSHE work with great commitment and enthusiasm. We were thrilled to be approached by a national magazine, 'Everything Curriculum', to contibute an article about our approach to the teaching of PSHE. We have shared the article below. To read the full 'Everything Curriculum' magazine, please click here.

What Our Pupils Say

Here are some of the children's most recent reflections on their learning:

  • “I was particularly proud of my ‘Clean and Healthy’ leaflet because it was attractive for the reader and well presented.” Hannah
  • “I feel that I have improved in PSHE because I am now capable of having a debate and sharing my opinion with others.” Nate
  • “My favourite subject is PSHE because I share my ideas well and I like to listen to other people’s stories and opinions.” Luke
  • “PSHE is my favourite subject because I enjoy debating and sharing my opinions. I have shown respect during the lessons especially when it came to human rights, moral dilemmas and other people’s opinions.” Callum
  • “The work I am really proud of is my PSHE work.” Tara
  • “The visit I enjoyed the most was ‘Crucial Crew’; I loved taking part in all the scenarios. It was very fun but also very informative.” Afreen
  • “My favourite trip was ‘Crucial Crew’ because it taught me how to feel safe and what to do and not to do in the future.” Grace