St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School

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Curriculum Intent

St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School seeks to be a Christ centered community where all are enabled to develop their full potential. At St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables all of our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.


 We believe that the purpose of St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School's PSHE programme is to:

  •  Help pupils live and learn in a Catholic, Christian environment, leading to acceptance and respect of others in a diverse community and wider world.
  • Provide an environment in which high expectations will lead to a striving for excellence in all aspects of school life, including exceptional manners and well developed social skills.
  • Educate and develop each member of the school community by building on their strengths and supporting them in times of need, particularly in building up resilience and overall wellbeing.
  • Foster purposeful relationships with those who learn in, work in and visit our school where diverse views and backgrounds are respected and accepted.
  • Educate them to live healthy lives through regular exercise, healthy eating, development of healthy minds and positive relationships.
  • Provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.


 As part of the planning and preparation process, teachers make consideration to and use of:

  •  A cycle of lessons for each area of PSHE based on the SCARF and Journey in Love materials which carefully plans for progression and depth. 
  • Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner.
  • Whole school, key Stage and class assemblies which link our Virtues, PSHE, British Values and SMSC.
  • Use of topical and issues of current affairs, further developing a sense of self and belonging and reliability to the local and wider world in which we live.
  • Working to promote healthy choices.
  • External support such as Bikeability, CAFOD, our PCSO and the NSPCC.


Our PSHE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

As a result: 

  • Children will live out the Gospel values and virtues such as love, peace, courage, honesty, forgiveness and justice. 
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
  • Children will have respect for themselves and others.
  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be outstanding.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.