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The staff of Brighton Avenue Primary School believe that Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE+C) is a vital part of the curriculum.  It promotes a healthy lifestyle, which in turn helps to improve the quality of life and the environment for all our children and their families. 



PSHE promotes children's personal and social development, including health and well-being, through self-awareness, positive self esteem and confidence to:-

  • Stay as healthy as possible
  • Keep themselves and others safe
  • Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships
  • Respect the differences and diversities between people
  • Develop independence and responsibility
  • Play an active role as members of a democratic society
  • To make the most of their own and others abilities


Citizenship Aims

Through citizenship, we aim for children to develop:-

  • Social and moral responsibility
  • Community cohesion
  • Global citizenship

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

Through constantly striving to monitor and evaluate the quality of education we provide in our school, we have been teaching Relationships Education, which offers age appropriate units on Sex Education, and Health Education which are both taught in combination with the PSHE+C and Science curriculum since 2019. You are informed of what is taught in PSHE+C and Science (which include RSE) on your child's Class Curriculum Map and Class Newsletter every half term. 

The RSE and PSHE+C policies can also both be found on our school website. The change in the law meant that all primary schools were required to teach Relationships Education and Health Education from September 2020 in this academic year.

We would like to seek your views on this part of the curriculum and would love to hear your thoughts, which will help us understand your views/comments and take these into consideration as we update our policy, ready for 2021/2022 academic year.

The DfE Relationships Education and Health Education document is attached here with our survey.

Thank you.


Many thanks to those of you who have returned the RSE parent survey. This consultation has led to further discussions with parents and we really appreciate your comments.

At the start of the autumn term, the PSHE+C Subject Leaders will inform you of when there will be an ‘RSE Parent Session’ to support you to talk about this aspect of learning (age appropriate) with your child.

Any up-to-date PSHE+C information, will continue to be on the ‘Key Information, Curriculum, PSHE+C’ page of the school website.

Thank you again for your time.


British Values & SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

For more information see 'Key Information', 'British Values' on our website about the above.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Character Education and Cultural Capital.

Character Education

The foundations of our character education play a vital part of a good all-round education and we have a statutory duty to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Character Education can develop a set of personal traits that produce emotions, inform motivation and guide how we behave; this helps our pupils develop positive personal strengths. Character Education allows opportunities for our children to become happy, confident and well-rounded individuals who make meaningful contributions to society.


‘Character education is more than a subject: it’s learning to be a good person and a positive contributor to society,’ says Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Jubilee Centre.


Character Education is also entwined through a variety of curriculum subjects and can also delivered through activities such as Collective Worships, circle times, School Councils, ‘Buddy’ schemes, community projects, and after-school clubs.


Our Character Education Overview focuses, across the academic year, on the following areas:

  • Sport
  • Creativity
  • Volunteering
  • The world of work
  • Performing


Please see attached Character Education overview and British Values.



Cultural Capital


What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

Cultural capital promotes social mobility and gives a pupil power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and gives pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


Why do we have a Cultural Capital?

We recognise that for pupils to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital; the essential knowledge pupils need to be educated citizens through what we can introduce them too.


The school recognises, in our Cultural Plan Overview, that there are different areas which are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to the sum of a pupil’s cultural capital:

  • Community engagement
  • Whole school community
  • The arts
  • Residential trips
  • Educational visits
  • Visitors into school
  • Outdoor learning
  • Awards and celebrations
  • SEND and EAL
  • Charity support
  • Clubs
  • Career opportunities
  • PE and sport, competitions
  • Leadership


Each subject taught within the school day makes its own contribution to pupils’ cultural capital development.

PSHE+C EVENTS 2021-2022

Y5 Bikeability Training!

Our Y5 children will be taking part in the Bikeability workshop in July where they will learn all the skills they need to maintain their own bikes, correct safety wear, how to safely ride a bike in public, on and off the road.  The children will be carrying out the workshop in July where they will be provided a bike and helmet to learn to ride on!

Wrap Splat Hat!

What a year it has been! With the sun finally peeking around the corner and permission to spend more time outside, it’s really important to make sure young explorers are thinking about sun safety this summer and remember to Wrap Splat Hat!

L'oreal Wrap Splat Hat Campaign

' Wrap, Splat, Hat ' Campaign for L'oreal encouraging families to look after their skin in the summertime. For more information visit http://www.prismdigital...

Global Money Week 21st-27th March 2022

GMW is an annual global awareness-raising campaign on the importance of ensuring that young people, from an early age, are financially aware, and are gradually acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to make sound financial decisions and ultimately achieve financial well-being and financial resilience.


Within the whole school, the children will be carrying out a wide range of money activities to become financially aware and understand what money is and why we use it.

Red Nose Day - Comic Relief (Friday 18th March 2022)

Red Nose Day is coming! Through our £1 donation from each child, we can help people live free from poverty, violence and discrimination. We have the power to help change lives. This years theme is 'It’s All About You’. The people at home, in schools and on the ground.

All of our children can come into school in non-uniform or wear something red. Throughout the day, we will be carrying out a vast range of activities to help support this amazing charity. 


Check out Ted's story from County Durham - Meet Teddy | Red Nose Day 2022 - YouTube

Children's Mental Health Week February 2022

This week is Children's mental health week. The theme is 'Growing Together'.  Across the whole school, each class has taken part in a vast range of activities to support this amazing event. Take a look at our school gallery!


Children in Need 2021 takes place on Friday, November 19th 2021.  In school, we are celebrating by children donating £1 to wear their Pyjamas all day in school. They will all take part in an array of activities in the classroom and have a biscuit and juice as a snack. 


The TV spectacular will air on BBC One and BBC Two. Joe Wicks raised £2 million last year by doing a 24-hour workout (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) The show’s start time is yet to be announced, but it is expected to start at around 7.30pm – the same time as last year. Click the link for more information on celebrities and events on the BBC.

Together we can change young lives - BBC Children in Need





KS2 Parliament Week Activities.Monday 15th November 2021

Today, our KS2 children were visited by Gillian Bell to discuss our British law system.  Gillian was able to inform the children how an idea can be changed into a Bill then Law.  The children also found out that the Queen is only allowed to attend the House of Lords once a year and she is not permitted to attend the House of Commons at all!

UK Parliament Week (UKPW) is a celebration of people power, take action and make an impact on the issues people care about.  This event runs from the 1st - 7th November.


We have Gillian Bell Senior Education & Engagement Officer (North East of England) visiting us in the 15th November.  In grouped assemblies, Gillian will discuss “From Bill to Law”.   They will discuss how UK laws are made, why we need them and explains the group activity for KS2. The children will be given the task of working in small groups to design their own new law.

ECO-Team and LKS2 project (1st November 2021)

Once again we have our Eco-Team within school. We get together to discuss and suggest ideas on how to improve our school/local environment. 


Our LKS2 children have taken part in a range of presentations. They discussed their knowledge on recycling different materials such as glass, paper, plastic, food waste and metal.

Road Safety Workshop for Y3 children (1st November 2021)

This year, all the Y3 children are carrying out a six week road safety workshop! This workshop will help to make the children more road safety aware and learn how to cross a number of different roads within our community safely.

World Mental Health Day 8th October 2021

WMHD activities from around the school. How amazing are our boys and girls!

Walk to school Week (11th October 2021)

This year, our amazing Y1 children have taken part in the 'Walk to school week'. Each child walked into school and received a daily sticker to go onto their own chart.  At the end, the children were given a badge for taking part.  How amazing are they!

North East Bikers Against Bullies Visit (Friday 1st October 2021)

On the 1st October, we are so lucky to have the opportunity to be visited by Grant, Lynne and their team.  They will be coming to discuss their role within the community, anti-bullying and the importance of friendship.  The children will have separate assemblies and will also have the opportunity to view the visitors motorbikes afterwards!



Brighton Avenue Primary School Location Map!

Brighton Avenue Primary leaflet and map

Please take a look at our school's bespoke map and information on school starting times, travel information and park and ride information.


The Wrap Splat Hat programme features fun lessons and activities that have been designed and written by education experts that will help teach children to Wrap, Splat, Hat! This stands for WRAP up in a t-shirt (and wrap on some sunglasses), SPLAT on some sun cream (ideally SPF50), and of course wear a HAT!

Follow the link below to receive a family pack, competition details and how to stay safe in the sun.

Welcome to the Wrap Splat Hat! Sun Awareness Programme 2021 (


Wrap Splat Hat Family Pack

Wrap, Splat, Hat information.

Comic Relief 2021

This year for comic relief, we have asked parents to donate directly to the charity or purchase noses and other items directly from Sainsbury's and TK Max.  We still took part as a school in a range of activities and wore odd sock. Take a look at what some of the children got up to!

Children's Mental Health Week (WB 01.02.21) 

For CMHW we have been finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.  As a school, we have been focusing on our own mental health to help us support Children's Mental Health Week.  We have taken part in lots of activities where our focus was on ourselves both physically and mentally. We have been carrying out activities within school and via Teams to ensure all children were able to take part. Take a look at what we have been doing!


We did exercise to improve our mental health! Among others, we did a plank and step ups. Well done to everyone!


Y1J & Y1D


This morning we've had a spa morning- with fizzy pop, a foot spa, a meditation room and a mindfulness room. We've had lots of fun!

Y2B & Y2D

We have taken part in lots of activities where our focus was on ourselves both physically and mentally. We have been carrying out activities within school and via Teams to ensure all children were able to take part.



We watched a PowerPoint on all of the different ways in which we can express ourselves. We then discussed what makes us happy and we express ourselves in different ways, such as dancing, singing, drawing, colouring, making things etc.

Y5S & Y5M

Throughout the week, the children in our group suggested activities they would like to do for our wellbeing day, two of them being making a rocky road cake and also enjoying some hot chocolate whilst watching a film of choice!


We all had a fab day 🙂 

Year 6


We looked at how we could express ourselves and our feelings in positive ways. We recognised the things in life that are important to us and make us happy: spending time with family, friends or even some time on our own doing things we enjoy like listening to music. We also spent a bit of time focusing on what makes us uniquely amazing and why these qualities are important, we ended the session with some mindfulness colouring.



Friendship Friday 11.12.20

For Friendship Friday as a school we looked at what makes a good friend.  As a school we all took part in a range of activities catered for each Key Stage.  As a school, we have shown that friends can come from different families types, different abilities, disabilities and different religions.  Take a look!

Children In Need 2020!

For Children in need this year, we all wore odd socks! As a treat, every child received a Pudsey biscuit and juice for their very kind donations. They also took part in an array of activities!


Remembrance Day 11.11.2020

On the 11th November all the children in the school took part in the Nova Project to paint a pebble and place it within the school grounds to show our respect to all the men, women, children and animals who lost their lives during the war.  We all took part in a 2 minute silence to remember them.

All the KS1 children took part in the Five-Day walking challenge.  Everyday they collected a sticker and on day five, all the children who completed the challenge received a badge. Take a look at their efforts!
The KS2 children have been taking part in Road Safety training from Gateshead Council as part of their PSHE+C lessons.  They have worked their socks off!
As a whole school, we took part in World Mental Health day.  Each class used an array of activities to show the different ways to help their health and wellbeing in a positive way. Take a look!
The Y2 children discussing how they can stay healthy both physically and mentally. 
The Nursery children listening to a story about how everybody worries.
The Y3/4 children took part in activities to show how amazing they are!