Eynesbury Church of England Primary School

Eynesbury Church of England Primary School

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Personal Development (PD)

Our Curriculum Intent Statement


At Eynesbury Church of England Primary School, our curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ‘live life in all its fullness’ by offering stimulating and awe inspiring learning experiences  with Christian values at  its heart. We aim to deliver a curriculum that provides our children with rich knowledge and skills. It gives them the opportunities to develop into well rounded individuals  ready for each stage in their learning journey.



Curriculum Intent

Eynesbury Church of England Primary School is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all pupils. The school is actively committed to a providing a well planned relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education programme which continues from EYFS to Year 6.


We believe that PD helps to give all pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to be happy and healthy. It supports them in leading active independent lives and becoming informed, responsible citizens. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.  In so doing we help them to develop their sense of self-worth.  We teach them about rights and responsibilities.  They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. PD reaches across every curricular area as well as into every strand of school life forming an important and intrinsic part of our school ethos.


At Eynesbury C of E Primary School, we have made the necessary preparations to transition PSHE (called PD within our school) from being a non-statutory subject to a statutory subject from September 2020.


This curriculum provides a context for the school to fulfil our responsibilities to: 

• Promote the physical, social and emotional well-being of pupils.

• Provide sex and relationships education (RSE).

• Promote British values.

• Provide a safe place for discussion of current, relevant social issues.

• Protect our children from radicalisation. 


Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Personal Development Curriculum at Eynesbury C of E Primary School is based on the DFE statutory guidance for:

 ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’

supported by the Cambridgeshire PSHE service resources and units of work, ensuring a well-structured approach to this subject.

At Eynesbury C of E Primary School, children are taught to: 

  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
  • To raise an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To understand and manage their emotions.
  • To develop a sense of citizenship and an understanding of how society helps individuals and the contributions that individuals can make to society.
  • Appreciate that having freedom involves accepting some responsibility.
  • To develop an appreciation of stable and caring relationships.
  • To develop an informed appreciation of people’s beliefs, attitudes and values, also respecting others whilst challenging stereotypes.
  • To create a caring and supportive environment where concerns can be discussed, questions asked and experiences shared.
  • To foster self-esteem, self-respect, self-worth and positive self-image.
  • To value the differences between people and the needs of self and others.
  • To make PD a whole school responsibility, working in collaboration with parents and the wider community.
  • To develop skills such as those to enable the sharing of feelings and opinions, risk awareness, informed decisions, getting help, and understanding the needs of others.
  • To provide unbiased and accurate information using appropriate language in order to keep ourselves, and others, safe and healthy.
  • To provide reassurance that the physical and emotional changes that take place as children grow towards adolescence and adulthood are normal and acceptable.
  • To provide positive role models.
  • To help children understand that they have rights and should have control over who touches their bodies.



The provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), which occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative justice.


In KS1 and KS2: 


Personal development is divided in to the three key areas of relationships education, sex education and health education

Relationships Education covers the following core areas:

  • Families and People that care for me:
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe


Health Education covers the following core areas:

  • Mental well-being
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Health eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body


In consultation with our school community, we have made the decision that Eynesbury Church of England Primary School will teach Sex Education at an age appropriate level. There is a separate Relationship education policy (including sex education policy).


Sex Education covers the following core areas:

  • How a human baby is born and conceived


A long term plan has been created based on the Cambridgeshire scheme of work that allows progression between the year groups. Throughout their PD journey, the children will cover the core areas of learning through the following topics:


Myself and my Relationships

Healthy and safer lifestyles


Economic Wellbeing

  • My emotions
  • Beginning and belonging
  • Family and Friends
  • Anti-bullying
  • Managing change
  • Personal safety
  • Digital lifestyles
  • Relationships and sex education
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Drug Education
  • Managing safety and risk
  • Working together
  • Diversity and communities
  • Rights, rules and responsibilities.
  • Financial Capability

Anti-bullying is taught yearly in every year group (during anti- bullying week)


Personal Development and Inclusion:

Planning is adapted to support children with special educational needs and those that may be particularly vulnerable to ensure that they are able to access the curriculum, understand appropriate behaviour so that they can keep themselves safe. In addition, particular focus will be given to ensure that children know who their trusted adults are (within and outside of school) and what to do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Support strategies may include but are not limited to: pre – teaching, simplifying language, using role play, social stories and over learning



Pupils complete pre and post topic assessments for each unit of work which are used to inform future planning. In addition, teachers complete summative assessments at the end of each topic to identify whether a child is working towards, working at or working above the expected standard for their year group.  Pupil voice surveys are completed which identify work that children are proud of, areas of strength and achievement as well as areas for development.

Class learning journeys are monitored to ensure appropriate coverage and progression within the year groups.

Individual pupil books were introduced in the summer term of 2021 to enable pupils to have their own record of the key learning which are also monitored. 

Drop in observations take place throughout the year to evaluate the quality of education provided. 

Children have a variety of additional opportunities to develop their PD skills in other areas of school life. For example, school trips, residential visits, school visitors as well as cross curricular links.






As with other aspects of health education, sex education is an ongoing process which starts with the parents and continues at school in many ways. It encompasses understanding, not only of reproduction but of human sexuality in the broadest sense. It requires understanding of animal and plant reproduction and the place of humans as one of many species inhabiting our world. Sex education is therefore an intrinsic element in learning about relationships, personal development and growth. A series of video programmes are used with Year 6 pupils. Parent information sessions are held annually to enable parents and carers to discuss the learning that will take place within these topics prior to the teaching of these units. If parents have any questions, they can refer to the RSE policy or contact the PD coordinator (Mrs Sally Hammond)

Based on our consultation with parents, carers, staff and the IEB we made the decision to teach the non statutory elements of the RSE curriculum (please see the RSE policy for more information). Parents may meet with the PD co-ordinator if they intend to withdraw their child from those parts of the course that are not required by any National Curriculum Orders.