Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 8BD

01257 401125

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

Growing together in faith, love & learning


 Intent, Implementation and Impact. 


At St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School we believe RSHE and PSHE (personal, social, health and education) plays a vital part in primary education.  RSHE and PSHE enables our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.

At the core of our school ethos we also have spiritual development too. These aspects of development, drawn from Gospel values, form the core purpose of our school.

As part of a whole school approach, our aim is to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, successful and productive individuals, family members and members of society.

We aim to prepare them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times (and take these management skills into adulthood.)

Our intention is that RSHE and PSHE will foster pupils’ wellbeing and confidence, helping them to connect their skills and understanding to all subjects and to practical, real-life situations.  We intend that our RSHE and PSHE teaching and their ongoing development and understanding in these will help them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.  Furthermore, we aim to provide 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.


All our year groups have timetabled RSHE and PSHE lessons and we use the HeartSmart scheme of work from reception to year 6 to create our curriculum that ensures progression, development and consolidation of the knowledge, understanding and skills our pupils need.  These skills are not just taught in isolation, but across the school day in incidental opportunities to support children, in assemblies, school clubs, circle time, visits and trips, community and school events, break times and within other lessons. We follow the Archdiocese recommended programme ‘Journey In Love’ to support our delivery of Sex Education. In addition we have many additional activities and opportunities planned across the child’s learning journey at St Bernadette’s.

In our programme (planned and integrated within the school day) we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.  Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures and our HeartSmart lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process, including how to affect peaceful changes in society and with each other.


Through our RSHE and PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.  Children will have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. They will be able to make sense of their own personal and social experiences and will be able to understand and manage their own feelings.

  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty 
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school
  • Children will demonstrate understanding of how to keep themselves healthy
  • Children will understand how to keep themselves safe at school, in the community and locality and wider world (including online)
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with peers, both now and in the future
  • Children will understand the physical and emotional aspects involved in RSHE at an age appropriate level
  • Children will have respect for themselves
  • Children will have positive body images

Children’s progress in RSHE and PSHE is monitored through the year and this monitoring is used to identify further areas of development.  PSHE assessment is measured against the pupil’s own starting points.  Children also reflect on their own RSHE and PSHE learning to further their own progress and development.