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Health and Wellbeing

Physical Education,  PSHE & RSE

Physical Education (PE)

Physical education for the body to be effective must be rigorous and detailed, far sighted and methodological. This will be translated into habits. These habits should be controlled and disciplined, while remaining flexible enough to adapt themselves to circumstances and to the needs of growth and development of the being.

Sri Aurobindo


Throughout the teaching of PE at Baydon is the core idea to give children the tools and understanding in order to make a positive impact in their own long term physical health and well-being. During their time at our school we aim for all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills to inspire interest and love but also develop core basic skills that can be applied in other sports that they will have the opportunity  We want PE to challenge and promote children’s self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. Through all sessions we strive to teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. Dance sessions provide opportunities to explore their personal and spiritual identity, while gymnastics sessions provide an understanding of what their body is capable of achieving. 

PE curriculum is structured to provide a range of sports experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance, co- ordination and fitness. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age. During their time at Baydon pupils will have the opportunity to participate in swimming sessions.

Competitive Sport

At Baydon pupils have opportunities to participate in competitive tournaments with the schools in Marlborough area plus the small schools tournaments in the area as well. We recognise one of the difficulties we have in our area is transport to and from venues. We are fortunate to have a parent body that are happy to support these tournaments on a regular basis, including transporting their children.


To see how money from the PE and Support Funding is spent please see here.

Healthy Eating

All pupils throughout the school have cooking sessions throughout the year learning a variety of ways to create meals. Pupils are also actively encouraged to bring in healthy snacks and making balanced choices in their diet.



‘As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same’

Nelson Mandela


At Baydon St Nicholas we believe that PSHE and citizenship should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing, we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation as School Council members, House captains and Worship Committee members. We teach children both about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.

 Our personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme runs alongside our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy. It promotes pupil’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community.

 Through sessions pupils learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It also gives pupils an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and introduces them to some of the principles of prudent financial planning and understanding. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life-long learning.

  As a Church of England school, our PSHE and RSE school policies also adhere to the Church of England ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ document (September 2019). This states that:

  One of the four strands of the Church of England Vision for Education is dignity and respect. Part of this vision is to create a culture where children can grow to be content, living well in their own skin, and happy for others for the skin they’re in. This happens best in a culture of love that accepts, forgives and keeps faith with children and young people as they explore questions of identity and selfhood.


Our curriculum is based around Twinkl Life’s PSHE and Citizenship to support teaching, and can be adapted as necessary. Twinkl Life’s PSHE and Citizenship scheme of work aims to equip children with essential skills for life. It aims to develop the whole child through lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them 

Twinkl Life’s PSHE and Citizenship resources are fully in line with the Learning Outcomes and Core Themes provided by the PSHE Association Programme of Study which is widely used by schools in England and is recommended and referred to by the DfE in all key documentation relating to PSHE provision in schools. This scheme of work covers all of the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum. 

As a school with mixed age classes we have arranged our curriculum for this subject in a two year rolling cycle taking into account the age of pupils. Each unit is evaluated by teachers before being taught in order to identify if the class and individual pupils will require extra support, and if so, what can be put into place to enable all pupils to be able to explore and access the unit together.