Keston Church of England Primary School


"I feel confident to talk to my friends about my feelings and opinions in circle time. I know they will listen to me."

- Year 3 Pupil

At Keston CE Primary School, although students have one timetabled lesson of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) each week, we believe it underpins the entire curriculum. We currently use the curriculum framework from Coram life, called SCARF, this is supported by a yearly visit from the Life Bus.  SCARF provides the framework for a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values:

Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship

SCARF provides a whole-school teaching framework centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach – promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.  The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold the giraffe and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities.  As children get older, while they still cherish Harold, themes about wellbeing and relationships are explored in greater depth and resources are tailored to their age group. 

SCARF provides a strong foundation for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) and development; it is at the heart of the SCARF curriculum.  SCARF provides a robust framework for promoting a positive ethos and values cross the school community, contributing significantly to British Values education, both explicitly and implicitly. The focus across the three themes of:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

These themes help foster and develop children’s responsibility for their own actions; respect for the actions and beliefs of others; an understanding of how each individual is protected by the rule of law; and how everyone can make a positive contribution to society through the democratic process.

Throughout the course of the year the PHSE curriculum is enhanced through participation in:

  • Life Bus Workshops provided by Coram/Scarf (whole school)
  • Puberty and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Workshops (Y4,5,6)
  • Whole school awareness days/weeks, e.g. Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week etc.

Click here to view the whole-school Progression map for PSHE/RSE. 

Click here to view the whole-school Long Term Plan for PSHE/RSE.