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At Ainsdale St John’s, we use our PSHE curriculum to encourage our children to be critical thinkers, to collaborate with one another to achieve, to communicate clearly and effectively and to approach challenges with creativity.

We offer a broad, high quality curriculum following the kitemarked, PSHE Association approved programme from '1 Decision.'  Through high quality teaching, we aim to give all our children the fundamental skills, knowledge and confidence to participate successfully in lessons based on three core themes: Health and wellbeing; Relationships, and responsibilities associated with living in the wider world. 

Our overarching Christian values underpin all of our PSHE teaching. We use our time together as a school community during our daily collective worship sessions to reinforce the core PSHE learning as well as offering opportunities for children to able to develop a sense of self and form positive relationships through a range of activities. Our children are encouraged to respect and celebrate difference and treat others with respect. We promote fundamental British values and challenge actions or beliefs that are contrary to these. Children learn how to recognise their own personal development in their spiritual, moral, mental and physical wellbeing and we support them to grow in strength in these areas.


The school has adopted the programme of study for PSHE designed by '1 Decision' and approved by the PSHE Association. 

The programme is based on three core themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world

During Foundation stage pupils are introduced to the '1Decision' programme and begin to think about staying safe and healthy, relationships and the wider world around them. They are guided through their learning with the Raindrops characters from '1 Decision.'

During key stage 1 pupils continue following the '1 Decision' programme with the character 'Deedee' as their aid. They learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development. They learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.

During key stage 2 pupils continue to follow the '1 Decision' programme with the character 'Darlee.' They learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying.


Teachers use assessment for learning strategies to assess children's understanding. This helps them provide the best possible support for children and informs their future planning. 

Monitoring in PSHE includes lesson observation, pupil interview and scrutiny of work. 

Information gathered is used to gain an understanding of the quality of education in PSHE. 

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Ainsdale St. John's CE Primary School

Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE

Mrs McCaughrean|Office Administrator

To arrange a 1:1 tour with the headteacher, Lorna O’Brien, please contact the school office

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