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Shibden Head Primary Academy

PSHCE including Relationships Education

The purpose of the PSHCE Curriculum at Shibden Head Primary Academy underpins our whole school philosophy to equip children with the tools to thrive in today’s constantly changing society.

We use the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) Curriculum to teach PSHCE across school.  SCARF is part of Coram Life Education.  PSHCE is taught in the first half term as part our Learning Challenge Curriculum and it is then woven into our other half-termly Learning Challenge themes throughout the year. 

PSHCE is delivered through creative, hands-on learning activities that engage and inspire the children. The curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible citizens.

Units within SCARF include:

•Me and my Relationships •Valuing Difference •Keeping Myself Safe •Rights and Respect •Being my Best •Growing and Changing

Recent Updates to Relationships, Sex, and Health Education Guidance

You may be aware of the recent news regarding updated guidance on Relationships, Sex, and Health Education. The guidance is currently in draft form and is open for consultation. Once it is finalised, a clear plan will be implemented, and we will promptly communicate this to you. At our school, we already offer a comprehensive Relationships, Sex, and Health Education program that aligns with our PSHCE curriculum. These programs were developed in consultation with parents and are accessible on our school website. Rest assured, there are currently no plans to make any changes to our Relationship, Sex, and Health Education or PSHCE curriculum.

Long Term Plans:


scarf editablelong termplanforpsheandwellbeingeducation eng v2 1 9 1 .pdf

Medium Term Plans

scarf medium term plans.pdf



Our whole school intent is based around the fact that our children often come in lower than expected as they come from a range of settings because we do not have a nursery.

Our curriculum is written with our school and community at its focus. We are in a village in a culturally diverse city but do not have many EAL speakers or ethnic diversity in our school.

We ensure that we discuss other cultures, religions and the diverse context of a multicultural city and life in modern Britain as part of the PSHCE curriculum.


This tool helps teachers find the key vocabulary from each of the SCARF lesson plans set out in their individual year groups (tabs within the spreadsheet).

There is some repetition across the years, mirroring the SCARF spiral curriculum: language is both reinforced and developed across the primary years.

The vocabulary builder reflects SCARF’s commitment to providing flexible, adaptable support resources to help meet the unique needs of each school and the community it serves, rather than a one-size-fits-all, fixed approach.

SCARF vocabulary builder click here.


At Shibden Head Primary Academy, we believe that PSHCE is the bed rock of life at our school.  It underpins the curriculum and it supports the school’s philosophy that our children grow to be well rounded citizens equipped for life beyond Shibden Head.

Through the PSHCE curriculum (which includes Relationships and Health Education) children will know more, remember more and understand more and as a result, children will know how to develop healthy relationships now and in the future.




PSHCE is taught in every year group during the first half of the autumn term when it is the focus of the Learning Challenge Curriculum.  It is linked where appropriate through other subjects, e.g. English, RE.

SCARF Early Years supports the delivery of the EYFS framework (2021) and Development Matters (2020) guidance, particularly Personal, Social, Emotional Development (PSED), and Communication and Language.

Its comprehensive plans form part of a spiral curriculum that provides the essential building blocks needed to meet the DfE's new Relationships Education and Health Education requirements.

PSHCE continues to be taught throughout the year, as a discrete strand, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the subject. This is done via the SCARF curriculum.

Work is recorded in floor books.

Opportunities are given for Greater Depth children to develop their own line of enquiry.

Provision is made for children, who are vulnerable to meeting age-related expectations, to enable them to access year group objectives wherever possible.

SCARF assessment tools provides 'I can...' statements that summarise learning against the unit's key learning outcomes.

Provision is made for children who have SEND to access year group objectives where possible; a personalised curriculum is in place for a very small number of children working well below year group objectives.

Opportunities are given for consolidation of learning from previous years through retrieval activities at the start of each lesson.  This helps to identify what children already know and understand about the learning objective before new learning takes place.

Differentiation is used as appropriate to meet the needs of all children although it is often the case that pupils work best in mixed ability groups, allowing them full access to all elements of the SCARF curriculum. 

A mixture of classroom discussion, drama/role-play activities, working in mixed ability pairs, the provision of additional visual resources as well as providing extra adult support where necessary, all help to meet the needs of every child, including those who are vulnerable or have special educational needs.

All year groups plan lessons to ensure that the children develop their understanding of the subject, building on previous knowledge.

SCARF is a spiral curriculum, which ensures progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning.


Year groups link their English text in Autumn 1 to PSHCE and a range of writing is produced.

The SCARF curriculum meets the statutory government guidelines, including the new Relationship Education and Health Education guidelines which became statutory in September 2020.

The RSE strand enables pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they will have now and throughout their lives.

The following additional workshops are also delivered by external SCARF tutors, specialists from Coram Life Education, during the summer term:

Year 4 - Health & Wellbeing Workshop

Year 5 - Puberty Workshop (separate for boys and girls)

Year 6 - RSE workshop (separate for boys and girls)




As already mentioned, children are assessed throughout the year on their understanding of the unit they have been studying, using the SCARF assessment tools.

Pre and post learning assessments can also be used at the teacher’s discretion, alongside reflections on learning where the children record their thoughts on the unit of work they have been studying.

Pupil voice responses are conducted and collated across school in order to further assess knowledge and understanding.

As a result of high quality teaching and engaging experiences, children are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Outcomes at the end of Early Years are high in personal, social and emotional development (PSED) reflecting children’s readiness to learn. 

Consultation with Parents / Carers

We teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) through the appropriate SCARF units. Our plans are in line with the Government’s new guidelines for teaching Relationships and Health Education which are now a statutory part of the curriculum. We originally consulted with parents on our Relationships and Sex Education Policy during academic year 2020-2021.  We have now reviewed our policy which has not changed since the policy implemented after the first consultation.  The revised policy does include some guidance notes on which parts of the Sex Education curriculum are statutory or non-statutory.  Please see our RSE Policy, Long Term Plan and Learning Outcomes documents for more details.

Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from sex education lessons unless these are part of the national curriculum for science.

RSE Policy

20220510 Relationships and Sex Education policy FINAL

RSE Focus Trust Statement

All Focus-Trust academies share a vision, values and commitment and welcome and embrace the requirement to teach Relationships Education in our academies.  Click on the link below to view our joint approach to Relationships Education.

focus trust relationships education statement october 2019.pdf