At Herne, we deliver high quality P.S.H.E. teaching to enable all children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.  Children will be equipped with the knowledge of their rights and responsibilities, appreciating what it is to be part of a diverse society.  They will also be prepared for tackling moral, social and cultural issues that are part of life’s journey.  Through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, children will develop their sense of self-worth and confidence, building their resilience while learning the importance of nurturing mental as well as physical health.  Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our theologically rooted Christian vision and values: Compassion, Community, Forgiveness, Generosity and Hope.  PSHE also helps promote British Values within our school.


At Herne Junior School, we use a scheme called ‘HeartSmart’ to deliver our lessons.  Its aim is to build character, emotional heath and resilience in children, and its core principle is the importance of loving and accepting ourselves as well as loving and responding well to others.  Each term has a different focus which is progressive across the Key Stage.

  • Term 1 - Get HeartSmart: Learn what it is to be HeartSmart and how we can Power On to love ourselves and others well.
  • Term 2 - Don’t Forget to Let Love In: Learning how important, valued and loved we are.
  • Term 3 - Too much Selfie Isn’t Healthy: Exploring the importance of others and how to love them well.
  • Term 4 - Don’t Rub It In, Rub It Out: Understanding how to process negative emotion and choose forgiveness to restore relationships.
  • Term 5 - Fake Is A Mistake: Unpacking how to bravely communicate truth and be proud of who we are.
  • Term 6 - ‘No Way Through,’ Isn’t True!: Knowing there is a way through every situation, no matter how impossible it may seem.

P.S.H.E. lessons are scaffolded to enable all children to access the learning.  Challenges are set for children to make connections to previous learning and explain subject specific vocabulary.


At Herne, our children are provided with the tools and knowledge required to build healthy relationships and have a strong understanding of the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.  The impact of this is our children know how to be safe and can manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way ready for the next stage in their learning journey.

At Herne C.E. Junior School, we measure the impact of P.S.H.E. through:

  • Pupil voice
  • Teacher voice
  • Book looks
  • Lesson visits
  • Teacher assessment of key strands

Please use the link below to view our policy on Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE).

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