Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
 Subject Leader - Catherine Cullen

At St Michael’s we place huge store in developing children’s personal wellbeing and self-esteem in order to help them develop as whole individuals. Through specific PSHE teaching and input via assemblies, social groups, and where necessary 1:1 work with specialist staff, children develop emotionally, socially and spiritually. We follow the nationally recommended SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme as a basis for teaching and learning as well as other discrete units of work. Children are given the opportunity to discuss and consider issues surrounding personal safety, health and hygiene, relationships and friendships (including bullying), financial responsibilities, the effects of alcohol and drugs and how to lead active and responsible lives as citizens both nationally and globally.


In the summer term, children also receive sex and relationships education, and parents have full access to the materials used prior to lessons taking place. The material used is taught at an appropriate level in all years and all teaching is carried out sensitively within the context of caring responsibility and with due regard to the value of family life. 


    Physical Education (PE)
Subject Leader - Chris Leeding

Sport & Games

Our children will be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Swimming and water safety

Our children will be taught to:

  • All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:
  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.