John Stainer


Our PSHE curriculum is the focus of one of our daily acts of worship but also timetabled and taught discretely in each class. This provides opportunities for children to discuss and learn about personal health, wellbeing, life skills, personal safety, relationships, diversity and aspirations. PSHE is embedded across the curriculum, consolidates our values curriculum and offers children the chance to raise questions, discuss important issues, listen to others’ views and share their own thoughts.

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at John Stainer Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. Parents receive regular Online Safety training and receive updates in our weekly newsletter or in our half termly Safeguarding newsletter.

We have in place, a curriculum which ensures that academic success, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The pandemic has left families with a number of new challenges. We know that life can be hectic for today’s children and we recognise that many have a busy extra-curricular schedule. While some thrive on being busy, others find it harder to handle. We create a culture of mindfulness here at John Stainer. We know that it has the potential of enhancing pupil wellbeing, relieve stress, reduce friendship issues, and help children with learning disabilities or special needs to develop stronger social, emotional and language skills. We continue to see good results across the school and are committed to building on these practices throughout the school day so that children and staff have those special moments to meditate and reflect

Our curriculum encourages and provides creative and problem solving opportunities and high levels of technological awareness including media safety. We promote an appreciation of music and the arts, whilst also nurturing the other essential values of empathy, integrity and the fundamental British Values. Our curriculum is carefully designed to teach children valuable and transferable skills through the full range of primary subjects. It is linked with research, project based learning and frequent educational visits which bring enjoyment whilst developing children’s curiosity and consolidating learning beyond the classroom. Here at John Stainer, we have a curriculum which mirrors families changing needs and the times in which we live – our remote and blended curriculum is delivered through a range of online platforms which support learning inside and outside the classroom.

We are following the LIFEWISE scheme of work, which breaks down the PSHE curriculum into the following threads:

  • Life Survival

  • Life Wellbeing

  • Life Style

  • Life Preparation

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.

british values statement.pdf

 Our PSHE curriculum is implemented in a number of ways. Our school values, British 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

Anti-Bullying Week 

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated In England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place from 15 to 19 November 2021 and it has the theme One Kind Word. The week will begin with Odd Socks Day on Monday 15th.

Kindness is one of our core values and is most celebrated during Autumn 2 than ever. The isolation during the pandemic has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons, that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from 15 to 19 of November 2021.

At John Stainer Primary, we are embracing the ‘One Kind Word’ theme and celebrating the week with a range of activities. We are looking forward to a kindness filled week - keep an eye out in the local community for the random acts of kindness our children will be carrying out.

It has been an opportunity to encourage all of us to express ourselves, celebrate our individuality and what makes us all unique and special.



Check out our amazing odd socks to celebrate Odd Socks Day.


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

 Children across the school carried our random acts of kindness throughout the community. Below are ways members of the public responded to the children's messages which were either placed in the Metro at Brockley Station, in shopping baskets at Costcutter or hanging along the rails over the bridge.