PSHE at Northbrook is led by Mr. Cunniffe


Our Curriculum Drivers

HEART Values Our HEART values are built into every part of our PSHE curriculum and the broad and balanced personal development curriculum we deliver is aimed to help children become community advocates of every value.

Literacy and Language – In PSHE, our children learn about how to articulate not only what they know, but how they feel. They are encouraged to debate topics proudly and hold to their own principles. We also evaluate our own work and show respect when talking about the work of others.

Community and Cultural Diversity - Our curriculum provides our children with opportunities to look at different perspectives from local community identity or global issues to their own personal identity. We believe knowledge can help us to understand and empathise with our similarities and differences.

Global Citizenship - We believe our children should leave Northbrook as strong and powerful global citizens. Our school wide PSHE curriculum aims to immerse children in understanding their place in the world. From British values to global sustainability, we want our children to understand how important it is to be an active member of the global community.


Our Aim

At Northbrook Primary Academy, our children’s happiness, personal development and mental health and well-being are at the heart of everything we do. We are proud that we provide a nurturing environment for each child, where they feel safe and supported to achieve their full potential.  We want every child to feel like they belong in the Northbrook family.

Our logo represents the nurture and opportunities for growth we provide for all of the children in our care. The compass and brook not only refer to our name, they also represent the educational journey each child will embark on from the moment they join us here at Northbrook.

At Northbrook we recognise that every child is unique and all our staff strive to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to work to the best of their ability. We endeavour to develop the whole child and prepare each one academically, emotionally and socially to live and succeed in an ever-changing world. We provide our children with a wide range of experiences to ensure every child can develop a love of learning, enjoy being in school and have a chance to shine. We aspire to ensure that our children leave us with the best possible foundations upon which they can build throughout their lives. We are incredibly proud of our children and want our children to feel proud of themselves. 

We take pride in the family atmosphere that we have developed and value the partnerships we have with parents, carers and the local community. It is important to us all at Northbrook that parents feel part of our school as well and always feel welcome. 

Our PSHE Curriculum is broad and balanced, ensuring that it:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children
  • Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life
  • Provides information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically
  • Encourages our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.

We are using 1decision , a PSHE association quality assured resource, that  has been mapped to cover statutory requirements and allows children to explore various topics in a safe, educational environment.


Our Learning

At Northbrook we know that in an ideal world, children would arrive at school socially developed and ready to learn but this is not always the case. As such, high-quality life skills education is essential for all students to reach their full potential. Therefore, our curriculum delivery is based around the 1decision whole school program of study.

1decision provides an interactive bank of resources which supports PSHE, RSE, Health education, SMSC development, and safeguarding. Mapped to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, and ensuring full coverage of the statutory elements for Relationship Education and Health Education, the 1decision resources help children to develop the skills needed to manage difference influences and pressures, as a part of their personal development. The unique suite of resources allows students to experience challenging situations in a safe environment.

PSHE is taught directly for one hour each week, however the values, topics and learning spread out as golden threads throughout our entire curriculum. Therefore, we have mapped out the delivery of each unit to try and best match this to our half terms learning.

We also use knowledge organisers throughout each unit to help children connect their learning.

Early Years Foundation stage

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.”

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The 1decision Early Years program is used at Northbrook as an ‘in the moment’ support structure. Particularly in EYFS, child led learning is key and so the choice of when and how to use the 1decision EYFS content at Northbrook is led by them in order to help support them meeting their Early Learning Goals (ELGs).

Meet the Rainbow Drops!

Northbrook Children are guided through our Early Years PSHE resources the 1 decision colourful Rainbow Drop characters. The Rainbow Drops will go on many adventures and learn a lot about the wider world that they live in.


Children are assessed against at the beginning of each progression strand using the one decision base assessment units which are mapped out in Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5. At the end of each unit, children are encouraged to reflect on their journey using the self-assessment grids and teachers support this self-assessment throughout , using a variety of different methods: small assessment tasks, retrieval practice, low-stake quizzes, classroom responses and teacher judgements.

Subject monitoring


Subject monitoring

Leaders monitor teaching and learning through pupil voice, staff questionnaires as well as book looks and learning walks and using the online app See Saw to record evidence of learning. The development of the children in school is also monitored through daily informal conversations. 

As a result of our whole curriculum, we expect to see all children achieve well by developing knowledge and skills across the curriculum.  But we understand that art brings more than this, and aim to ensure that all children will: 

  • develop lifelong learning behaviours that help them continue to develop personally and emotionally 
  • appreciate the the wide diversity and career opportunities available to them in modern Britain. 
  • be responsible global citizens and courageous advocates of our community through the HEART Values we have instilled in them during their time in school. 
  • leave our school, fully equipped for the next stage in their learning.