St Mary's Church of England School
Nurturing Creative Thinkers

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St Mary's CE Primary School,
Kendal Road,Kirkby Lonsdale,
Cumbria LA6 2DN


Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an integral part of life at St Mary’s. PSHE is part of all that we do. Through PSHE we teach the children how to be rounded individuals and how to be successful people within the world.

Each class explores PSHE as a discrete subject, which includes looking at our own places in the world as well as issues surrounding citizenship and has opportunities to have circle time, where teachers and children can discuss issues that are topical to the class, the wider community and the world. In conjunction with this, we use PSHE to help educate children and equip them with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

RSE is taught within the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum.  In addition, some aspects of the RSE programme will be covered through:

  • Science curriculum
  • Computing
  • Circle times
  • Assemblies
  • Stories
  • PE in the context of health and hygiene

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Sex and relationship education (RSE) is an important part of PSHE. It is a statutory part of the curriculum and is taught to varying degrees throughout the school. The purpose of RSE in primary school is to gradually and appropriately prepare children for adult life and positive relationships and to lay the foundations for factual knowledge, which feeds into the work they do later in their school careers. It supports them through their physical, emotional and moral development and helps them to understand themselves, respect others and sustain healthy relationships of all kinds.

We realise what a year it has been for our children and understand the impact on the children’s mental health and well being. We recognised the importance of children reforming those relationships, building back their confidence, communication and team building skills. As part of this we held drop down days with a variety of activities to build on this. We invited Jamie Knight, currently one of the world’s top and most in demand Professional Football Freestylers into school. He did a skills workshop for the whole school and taught the children new skills, this produced a really positive buzz around the school.

St Mary’s is a member of the P.S.H.E Association.