PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Education and SEAL stands for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. This subject area is taught both as a separate subject and through all other aspects of the curriculum. The main aims of the PSHE curriculum is to:

  • help raise pupil’s confidence and self-esteem by ensuring everyone is respected
  • help pupil’s acquire skills necessary to learn and grow up at ease with themselves
  • increase pupil motivation
  • improve student’s ability to reflect and become responsible for their own learning

At Therfield First School we follow the core SEAL theme each half term that we have specifically linked to our weekly values. SEAL themes and weekly values are displayed around the school and the weekly Headteacher’s Award is awarded to a pupil in each class for demonstrating the weekly value. Whole school assemblies regularly focus on SEAL/PSHE themes with great emphasis on high pupil participation.

SEAL/PSHE themes:

Autumn (i) Autumn (ii) Spring (i) Spring (ii) Summer (i) Summer (ii)

New Beginnings Getting on and Falling Out Going for Goals It’s Good to be Me Relationships (including anti-bullying) Changes


This is a new strand of learning introduced during the Summer term of 2017. We have been learning to develop respect, emotional response and belonging towards the natural environment, including wildlife in our local area. This has been achieved through active engagement and discussion during and following our Outdoor School (OS) sessions. Working towards the Countryside Citizen Award means we can explain how an aspect of nature works, what I did to improve this aspect, and what has changed in how I think and act in the natural world, either at school or at home? These sessions are linked to OS and criteria has been developed for progression in citizenship skills.