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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.


At Baydon our PSHE curriculum is ambitious, well-sequenced and progressive therefore equipping our pupils with the skills they need to be happy, healthy and responsible members of society. We offer a range of learning experiences that provide our pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully tackle the social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that face the children growing-up in their local environment.


The PSHE curriculum is underpinned by our school values (Respect, kindness  and Persevernce and the fundamental British Values which are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect and Tolerance

Our PSHE curriculum meets the aims of the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance (as set out by the Department for Education), including the non-statutory sex education. Our PSHE curriculum is supported by Kapow RSE and PSHE, a comprehensive scheme of work that enables us to deliver an ambitious PSHE curriculum from EYFS through to Year 6, covering key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society.

Our curriculum offer is enhanced by age appropriate additional learning opportunities, trips and visits from specialist external providers to meet the needs of our community when possible.

What is PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)?

PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

What is RSHE (Relationships, Sex, Health Education)?

The Department for Education (DfE) announced that Relationship and Health Education is compulsory for primary aged children from September 2020. Sex education remains non-statutory.

Health Education includes learning about the ‘changing adolescent body’ to equip children to understand and cope with puberty. The National Curriculum for Science (also a compulsory subject), includes learning the correct names for the main external body parts, learning about the human body as it grows from birth to old age and reproduction (including puberty) in some plants and animals.

Relationships Education, Health Education and Science are compulsory subjects and parents/carers do not have the right to withdraw their children from these subjects. We will inform parents when these topics are being taught so that they can support their children with this learning at home.

The DfE guidance states sex education is not compulsory in Primary schools. As a primary school, we will deliver additional content on sex education to meet the needs of our pupils which includes ‘conception’ and ‘human reproduction’. We will inform parents by letter when these topics are being taught and parent/carers do have the right to request their child is withdrawn from these specific lessons.

Before we teach children about the changing body or Sex Education, we always notify parents. This enables parents to support their children at home, ask staff any questions they may have and see the learning material.

If you have any questions about PSHE or RSE please contact Charlotte Taylor Deputy Headteacher via the school office.

Our PSHE pathways:

The Kapow Primary scheme is a whole school approach that consists of three areas of learning in EYFS: Reception (to match the EYFS Personal, social and emotional development prime area) and five areas of learning across Key stages 1 and 2.


  • Self-regulation
  • Building relationships
  • Managing self

Key stage 1 and 2:

  • Families and relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic wellbeing

Each area is revisited to allow children to build on prior learning. The lessons also provide a progressive programme as pupils mature.