PSHE – Curriculum Statement

PSHE is an integral part of the teaching and learning that we do at Middlestown Primary Academy. We believe wholeheartedly in delivering the social and emotional aspects of learning and these are taught weekly to all children in school. Our assembly rota demonstrates the importance of British values and reinforces the themes of our PSHE curriculum. Our aim is that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built upon mutual trust and respect for all. We feel that this will prepare our children to become respectful citizens in the future and that they will continue to show these same open and positive attitudes towards people they meet, regardless of their social or cultural background.

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

RSE – Curriculum Statement

As part of your child’s education at Middlestown Primary Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education made changes to the Relationships and Sex Education following a nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020. All schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:

The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give the children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, became statutory and part of the National Curriculum.

We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy in light of the statutory requirements so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our children based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities

As part of this process, we consulted with parents, staff and governors which helped to inform our decisions on when and how certain content is covered. This consultation enabled us to reach a general consensus and we made adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on the feedback.

  • DFE RSE Primary School Guide for Parents

  • RSE Expectations for the end of Primary School

  • FAQ for parents regarding RSE at Middlestown Primary Academy


Knowledge Mats

Key Stage 1 Knowledge Mats

Key Stage 2 Knowledge Mats

Topics covered in PSHE

Below are the topics that are covered in Years 1-6 each term:

PSHE at Middlestown Primary Academy

Spring Term

Year 5 learnt about how online information is ranked. They discussed the answers to some key questions and present their answers to the class.

In PSHE, I can understand how information on the internet is ranked, selected and targeted at specific individuals and groups.

Year 2 learnt about ways their devices can be helpful when they access the internet or go online. They discussed the different devices and shared their ideas with the class.

In PSHE, I can understand the role of the internet in everyday life.

In Upper Foundation, the children talked about how they would feel if certain things happened to them, for example if they lost a game or didn’t have anyone to play with. They came up with solutions as well as talking about their feelings.

Autumn Term

As part of Anti-Bullying week, the children in Year 5 were given a scenario where they had to act out the choices people made. They started by acting out a ‘good choice’ then acted out a ‘bad choice’ and compared the consequences.

In Year 1, the children worked in groups to act out scenarios to show how they would deal with strangers.

In PSHE, I know how to respond safely to adults I don’t know.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

The theme for Children’s Mental Health Week this year is ‘My Voice Matters’. See the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ page for more information on what we did in school!

"PSHE is really interesting. I like learning about how friendships work - Year 2 child"
"I like learning about new things each week so we have more knowledge to help people - Year 4 child."
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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