Personal Health & Social Education

At St. Catherine’s, we believe that PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Through our PHSE curriculum, we aim to instil in all our pupils an appreciation of what it means to be in a diverse, multicultural society. Circle time, focus days, role play, storytelling and talks from specialist visitors all contribute to St. Catherine’s PHSE curriculum.

Through PHSE, we also encourage children to lead healthy lives, by educating them on healthy eating, exercise, decision-making, responsible citizenship and relationships with family and friends.

Barnet Schools Wellbeing Programme

The content of our PHSE is based on the Barnet Schools Wellbeing Programme which aims to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility to make the most of their abilities;
  • Prepare children to play an active role as citizens in the in school and the wider community;
  • Support the children’s understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle;
  • Support children with how to make good relationships and learn to respect differences between people.
  • Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of modern life.

KS1 – During key stage 1 pupils learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development.

KS2 – During key stage 2 pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities.

Behaviour and Equality

St. Catherine’s policies for Behaviour and Equality reflect the importance we place upon these aspects of our curriculum and in our day to day dealings with both pupils and adults, equal opportunities and inclusive practice are always at the forefront of everything that we try to do.

The school celebrates in particular the achievements of pupils who demonstrate kindness and friendship and places due emphasis on the importance of developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people, both of which are an essential part of life and learning.