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PSHE (Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education)

At Highwoods we believe that PSHE is an essential part of children’s education and wellbeing so children can achieve their best, academically and socially. We use Coram Life Education’s SCARF programme of study which is mapped to the PSHE Association.  SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship.

We also meet these essential foundations to learning and PSHE requirements through curriculum links with science, PE, DT and computing.  Click here for a link to our curriculum map.

Further down the page are links to useful resources for home learning.

In SCARF lessons, children meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’) and friends. They have discussions and watch short films about Health, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

Every Autumn, we have a visit by Nancy from Coram Life Education who delivers fun and entertaining ‘Live Online’ life skills workshop sessions via zoom for all year groups when children can meet Harold and his friends.

See our photographs below of Harold’s visit in 2019 when Nancy and her team visited on the ‘Life Bus’, a mobile classroom.

Visit from the Life Bus.

Health and Relationships includes learning about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect children’s health and education outcomes.  Following upcoming new statutory guidance from the Department of Education, lessons have a particular emphasis on Mental Wellbeing, Respectful Relationships, Internet Safety and Harms and Online relationships.

Living in the Wider World – vital elements such as the rights of the child, caring for the environment, community, economic education and parts of British Values and SMSC are included and are essential to meet SMSC and Ofsted Personal Development, behaviour and welfare requirements.

We work closely with local churches who deliver a range of cross curriculum PSHE and RE sessions including a “Prayer Space” for Key Stage 2 for three days each year to support children’s SMSC development.

We also enjoy having visitors to help support the curriculum such as the Fire Service for years 2 and 3 and Bike Ability for year 6 children.

We offer a range of pastoral care to support children’s Social and Emotional learning including sessions in the form of Thrive, Forest School, yoga, play therapy, nuture groups clubs and ‘Lunch Bunch’ lunchtime club.

Keeping children safe and happy during school closures.

Click here for Thrive home learning activities.

Harold the Giraffe from SCARF is sharing his daily diary with you.  He is suggesting lots of activities to do each day to keep your mind and body healthy.

Coram Life Education are sharing resources and guidance about helping children manage the changes in their life without school at the moment.  As so many children are busy online too, they also provide advice about how to keep safe online. It can seem like an anxious and uncertain time, but we hope their advice and suggestions help and make life a little clearer and brighter!  :)


Foundation Stage learning to wash their hands to stay safe and healthy, learning about relationships  and how to get along with others by making a class promise and recognising special friends.

Year 2 learning about the importance of valuing differences and recognising how they are different to others.

Children look after their  environment so they can enjoy learning and playing in an attractive, clean, tidy, safe and healthy school.

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