PSHCE – Challenge Friday!

At Wilsden, we would like to provide our children with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face now and in the future.


PSHCE Lessons

Years 1-6 have a discrete PSHCE lesson every week which lasts between 30mins and 1 hour.

Our curriculum is grouped into three core themes/termly topics:

Autumn – Health and Wellbeing

Spring – Relationships

Summer – Living in the Wider World

Each theme is broken down into Learning Challenges which have been specifically allocated to each year group. The aim is to provide a ‘spiral curriculum’, meaning that the specific learning builds for pupils as they move through the school, gradually expanding and deepening their knowledge, skills and attributes. Each class has their own class book which they record any PSHCE in.

In Reception the children are demonstrating their PSED skills every day through play. Every week there is a ‘celebration circle’. This is where the children can share something or a ‘wow’ (something they are proud of) with the rest of the class.

Throughout the year the children will be learning to:

  • Try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They will be confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They will say when they do or don’t need help.
  • Talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They will learn how to take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They will show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Challenge Fridays

Each week, every teacher will pick one child who has displayed star quality this could be for academic reasons, social or emotional. Every Friday, each key stage will have their own Celebration Assembly in the main hall (R&KS1-1.30pm and KS2-2.30pm). Stars of the week will be presented with a certificate, house point results will be announced and we will celebrate children’s achievements from outside of school.

Every child is allocated to a Challenge Time! group (mixed group of children from their key stage) which they will remain with throughout their key stage. During the session, the children will each share their weekly challenge colours and be given the opportunity to support each other by providing advice and encouragement and also celebrate each other’s successes. There will also be a weekly challenge linked to the week’s assembly themes or current affairs. The challenges are intended to provide a basis for discussion amongst the children and be very much child-led.

During the last session of each half term, the group leader will present each child in their group with a report showing the colours they have achieved in the half termly challenge and, for those who have achieved it, their Challenge Time! badge.