Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary

Part of the Edmund Rice family of schools ‘Inspire, Challenge and Support through Faith’


Runnymede St Edwards Catholic Primary School

Our Curriculum

PSHEe Statement of Intent

At Runnymede St Edwards, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEe) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It is at the heart of everything we do. It aims to help pupils to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues which are part of growing up. At our school we follow the 3D PSHE scheme of work and supplement this with any extra support our pupils need. 

We provide our children with opportunities 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. We believe that providing an excellent PSHE curriculum will help to develop self-esteem and confidence in our young citizens. For our RSHE scheme we follow ‘Journey in Love’ as recommended by The Archdiocese of Liverpool. 




At Runnymede, we want to build a PSHEe curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE. As a result children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their lives as future citizens. Although we teach explicit PSHE and Relationships Education lessons, we also support our children’s personal development through ensuring that they have a wide range of experiences and visitors to support their journey. We make use of charities and their resources (such as the NSPCC) to further support our delivery of PSHE and Relationships to our children as well as taking part in initiatives such as anti-bullying week, mental health awareness days and well-being weeks. As well as the teaching of PSHE in the classroom environment, the support for our children’s personal development is on-going and displayed in daily school life (assemblies, outside agency visits, , awareness days,  and donations, holding charity events and through Debate lessons)  The aims of personal, social and health education are to enable the children to:

  • know and understand how to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
  • know and understand how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally, in and beyond the school setting.
  • understand how to develop good relationships with others
  • have respect for themselves and others
  • be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
  • develop an understanding of how to manage a budget and plan for future economic wellbeing
  • understand the importance of rules both within school, as well as in the community and wider British society embedded in the law


We utilise a comprehensive scheme of work in line with current guidelines. We seek advice from the Archdiocese to support the teaching of RSE using the ‘Journey in Love’ document. 

We implement our PSHE curriculum using the 3D PSHE scheme and adapt it to ensure full coverage, especially with regards to current or local issues. All PSHE lessons are taught with a focus of the 3 key pillars of learning. These are: Physical and Mental Health, Living in the Wider World and Relationships. Key elements of PSHE will also be seen in all subjects which display SMSC values, as well as supporting the children’s SEMH (social, emotional and mental health). We teach all content in an age and developmentally appropriate way and regularly teach through the use of story books, classroom circle discussions, debate times, scenarios and drama. These diverse approaches of teaching and learning support our pupils in understanding events and situations which they may not have any personal experience of previously and will equip them with vital life skills. 

Relationships and Sex Education  (RSE)

From September 2020, all primary schools in England are required to teach relationship education.

At Runnymede St Edwards Catholic Primary School, all of our lessons are taken from Journey in Love the approved Catholic Scheme (which fulfils the government guidelines). These are core lessons that are taught age appropriately to our pupils. For sex education lessons, we focus on some of the changes the human body experiences, which is cross-curricular to our Science curriculum. This will prepare and support children as they develop through their education and be well equipped for further RSE lessons as they progress through their education. Our priority as a school, is to ensure that through the teaching of the RSE curriculum, our pupils know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.


We hope that our pupils will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, understanding, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty and many of our school key values and attitudes.

We want our young Edwardians to demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and lifelong learning – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.

Our children will achieve age related expectations (ARE) across the wider curriculum.

We hope our young Edwardians will develop positive and healthy relationship with others both now and in their lives as future citizens. We want them to have respect for themselves and others.