John Stainer

We are following the LIFEWISE scheme of work, which breaks down the PSHE curriculum into the following threads:
Our coverage of the PSHE curriculum enables all our children to leave primary school having learned about themselves, their bodies, their relationships with themselves and others, how to thrive in the world outside the classroom, and about health and wellbeing.
Our PSHE curriculum is implemented in a number of ways. Our school values and assemblies together with our scheme of work ensure that children are able to meet all the requirements of the PSHE curriculum.
Our assemblies build on our 6 core values (Community, Kindness, Friendship, Happiness, Honesty and Respect) coupled with the Fundamental British Values (Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance, Individual Liberty) underpin what it is to be a good citizen in our diverse community and the world in which we live.
Our school values can be seen in everything we do here at John Stainer. Staff are swift to identify children demonstrating these values and children are subsequently rewarded for their values based actions with our citizenship awards in our  weekly Achievement assemblies. These values are taught throughout the year but are the key focus across the school on a half termly basis. With these values being fully embed across our curriculum and in practice, children's behaviour is usually of a very high standard. On the odd occasions where children fall short of our high expectation of behaviour, staff provide the opportunity for children to reflect on their actions in line with these values and reflect on how they could remedy and improve their behaviour. Our aim is that every will develop a sound understanding of these values which will shape them into becoming happy, healthy, curious and well-rounded individuals as they move on to the next stage in their lives and in the wider world.
Every week classes have at least one timetabled lesson of PSHE, where the children learn through discussion, circle time, questioning, role play, physical activity and written work about their place in the world, how to build healthy habits for well being and also the importance of healthy relationships.
PSHE Curriculum


At John Stainer Primary and Nursery, our PSHE curriculum enables our pupils to understand the world around them and develop their skills and understanding when faced with new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations in order for them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.

It intends to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Values-based education underpins everyday life at John Stainer, providing 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.  Pupils are encouraged to respectfully challenge views and seek additional knowledge in order that they can make informed decisions about the world that they live in.

We use the LifeWise Wellbeing Programme which is a comprehensive Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area in order to:

  • Develop personal identity, and high levels of motivation.
  • Develop positive social interaction, and the skills to live and work with others.
  • Develop of the ability to be an active citizen.
  • Develop confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities.
  • Prepare our pupils to play an active role as citizens.
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.
  • Develop good relationships and respecting the differences between people.


  • A programme of holistic lessons, that plans for progression and depth.
  • A platform to consider current affairs, enabling children to become engaged.
  • Mindfulness, Growth Mindset and Challenge opportunities for pupils to develop their philosophical thinking.
  • Opportunities for engagement with others, and to have an active role in the community.
  • Online Safety lessons (discreet and across the curriculum)
  • A values based lessons and assemblies based on our six core values and the Fundamental British Values.


Our PSHE and Values-based curriculum is relevant and meets the needs of pupils today. It is planned to demonstrate progression and an engagement in the world around us. Children will be measured on their interaction in lessons and the impact that this has on their behaviour and understanding within school.  

  • A celebration of learning through assemblies.
  • A celebration of learning through RE portfolios.
  • Pupil discussion about their learning.

Beyond the curriculum