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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480


'You are called to care for creation, not only as responsible citizens but as followers of Christ.'  Pope Francis



PHSE is taught through the wider curriculum and threads its way across all subject areas.  At Holy Family, our ambition is that children will leave our school with a sense of who they are and the positive impact they can have on the world around them.  Through a cross curricular approach, children will understand that they can affect change in a positive way and develop the resilience and positive sense of themselves to live fulfilled lives as a valued part of their community.

Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.

Relationships Education is delivered through the Ten:Ten programme 'Life to the Full'.  For more information, follow the link below:



PHSE covers all aspects of citizenship from keeping healthy to understanding relationships and how to grow as a responsible citizen with a role in the world.  All aspects of PHSE are underpinned by our commitment to Gospel Values and knowing that each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God.  We explore our roles, rights and responsibilities through the Religion curriculum and use P4C (philosophy for children) to explore, debate, discuss and consider social and moral issues.

In EYFS, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.  We also use Think Equal, a programme that promotes a positive and healthy attitude towards others through stories and non fiction texts.

In KS1 & 2, the PHSE curriculum is taught across subject disciplines including Religion, (covering the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and personal well being), PE (healthy living and physical fitness), Science (keeping healthy),  Computing (keeping safe and conduct online),  and the Creative Curriculum (topic based approach covering social responsibility).  Philosophy for Children (P4C) is practiced in school at all levels and promotes the importance of asking questions about fairness, equality, personal responsibility and moral and ethical standpoints.   

Through our cross curricular approach, our children will build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of personal well being.  

Visitors to schools through our emphasis on experiential learning complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.         

We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the Gospel values of faith, hope and love.                                                                                                                 

Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.    

The PHSE Overview is available here.                                                    


By the time our children leave our school they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be  able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  •  have respect for themselves and others.
  •  have a positive self esteem

We are the recipients of Enhanced Healthy Schools Status for 3 consecutive years and the Golden Grin in Nursery.  Children take part in daily tooth brushing in Nursery and Reception.