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Congratulations to Lois in Penguin Class for achieving her Diamond Standard in presentation.


More from our fabulous Cultural Day event!


Thank you to all our parents who came into our Cultural Day event yesterday, it was great to share their learning with you and enjoy activities together.


It is wonderful seeing so many children in their traditional dress to end our fabulous Cultural Week!


Happy Birthday to Harrison, Harley, Jasmine, Monte, Alexandru and Evelyn celebrating their birthdays this week and next week, we hope you have fantastic day.


Penguin Class had a basketball tournament today!


Penguin Class enjoyed learning about Nigeria and Kenya as part of Cultural Week.


Year 5 really enjoyed tasting Nigerian Jollof Rice this week during Cultural Week.


Saiya spoke to the children about Canada and Pakistan this week as part of Cultural week, well done!


Mr Smith came in to speak to about Australia for our Cultural Week, thank you!


More from our fabulous Cultural Week, thank you to Arjan's Dad who came in to talk about Sikhism.


Keiva in Year 5 has painted this wonderful canvas, well done it is fantastic!


The start to our Cultural Week has been amazing!! Thank you to our parents who are giving up their time to speak to the children this week, we really appreciate it here is Mrs Okeleke talking to them about Nigeria.


RockSteady were enjoying their rehearsals yesterday.


Our School Council have been busy updating the child friendly safeguarding policy during their meeting today.


Space 2 Talk sessions. Please see the flyer for information. No formal diagnosis is required to access any of their services. To attend the sessions please follow this link to book:


Owl Class have been making life-size skeletons by drawing around their bodies and labelling the parts with scientific names.


Patrick Tootal has been speaking to Year 5 and 6 about his experiences as a child in World War 2.


The Governors enjoyed meeting with the School Council today.


A wonderful montage of artwork linked to Vincent van Gogh, a special thank you to Megan in Year 5 for creating beautiful canvases.


Poppy in Year 6 has written a fantastic final published piece of work on her evacuee learning.


Chloe with her fabulous Diamante poem.


Some wonderful examples of the final outcomes of what the children have learnt about the Amazon rainforest.


Kai and Arabella are showcasing their learning on the Amazon rainforest.


Astrid is busy completing her published work on her rainforest learning.


Our Governors have been visited school today with a focus on reading, they enjoyed hearing some of our pupils read to them.


Dolphin Class have been busy starting to make their Anderson Shelters linked to their WW2 learning.


We held a Rights Respecting Assembly today focusing on International Day for Disaster Reduction. The children learnt about the impact of disasters and the advances the world has made in making places safer from disasters.


Panda Class have been taking their first steps learning to ride a bike today, they have enjoyed a balanceability session on balance bikes. 🚴‍♀️


Happy Birthday to Daisy, Ava, Madison, CeCe and Lily-Ann who are celebrating their birthdays this week, have a fantastic day!


Well done to jasmine for her amazing maths learning!


Thank you for all your generous Harvest donations, we enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival on Friday and thank you to everyone who volunteered and came to the service.


We are celebrating World Mental Health Day on Sunday. Our website has great information and resources to support your wellbeing, follow this link to take a look:


Debate club are putting forward the debate 'It's good to be famous'. They are planning their arguments for and against.


Meet our new School Councilors who have been elected this week.


Happy Birthday to Raj, Chloe, Max and Krista celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day!


On Friday's in assembly we celebrate the children's commitment to the wider curriculum. This week we focused on musical talent, everyone enjoyed the performance! 🎼


Lily-Ann in Penguin Class has written this fabulous published version of a setting description from Goodnight Mr Tom!


We are taking bookings for our Open Morning tours for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. Please see the flyer for dates and details of how to book. We look forward to welcoming you into our school.


Happy Birthday to Hayden celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a great day!


At Holborough Lakes personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. Our aim is to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and to develop the skills they need to understand many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about their own rights, the importance of respecting the rights of others and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our PSHE curriculum by utilising first hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. Teachers use the PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: ie, drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Core PSHE lessons - more information.

Teaching of PSHE

The PSHE scheme of Work has three core learning themes: My Health, My Life, My Mind (See Appendix 1).  It also incorporates the RSE Scheme of Work and identifies links to British Values and our school’s six core values.  WE have developed our own curriculum using resources from PIXL Wellbeing, E-Safety and A Mind to be Kind and the Christopher Winter Project (RSE). We also draw on our own contextual knowledge of the children and their communities to ensure that lessons cover issues that are relevant and important to them (e.g. road and water safety, vaping, age appropriate viewing). Our Specialist Resource Provision provides additional bespoke lessons and activities to meet the individual needs of the children it supports.

PSHE is taught in discreet 30 minute lessons across all year groups, which are also supported through whole class and key stage assemblies that explore our school core values, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Rights Respecting programme) and promote a healthy body and mind (Wellbeing Wednesdays).  PSHE learning is recorded in PSHE class books: these books contain a range of evidence of the children’s learning, which may include children’s verbal or written comments or photographic evidence of activities and experiences.  Where possible we make cross-curricula links between PSHE and other subjects; this is particularly true and relevant in English, Religious Education, Physical Education, History and Geography, with other content also linking to Maths, Science and Computing.

Teachers use a range of teaching and learning techniques such as discussion, role-play, games, investigations, circle-time, problem solving activities and outdoor learning. Pupil voice is actively sought in a variety of contexts; each class is represented by 2 school councillors who seek the opinions of their class mates on a variety of issues. The School Council meets regularly to discuss and plan for school improvements and share their work with the Governing Body.  All subject leaders complete pupil conferencing to discover the children’s opinions about their subject and a suggestion box is available for further ideas. 

For further information, please click here.

Progression in Skills - PSHE

Progression in Vocabulary - PSHE

Care, Aspire, Achieve

The children at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes are learning to build resilience and understand that 'mistakes are proof that you are trying.' This video, Austin's butterfly, helps us to understand what this looks like.

The Learning Pit

We can also use the analogy of a learning pit to help understand that new learning is hard and that we need to work to gain understanding and knowledge to get out of 'the pit'. This is based on the thinking of James Nottingham and develops the children's resilience when tackling something new. Many children are now using this terminology to explain how they are feeling about their learning and recognising deep learning occurs when challenges are faced.

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Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 1

Intention 1:

To build a PSHE curriculum that enables the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enable our children to develop personally and socially, access the wider curriculum and have the confidence to understand and respond to modern social, moral and cultural issues. 

Our Curriculum will deliver appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum which states that schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  


Scheme of work:

Children consider a key statement or question linked to that value and return and reflect on this throughout the terms learning, both in PSHE and other subjects. Each value is represented by a symbol (designed by our children), that that right from the start in Reception, children learn to identify with and relate our values to all aspects of school life.

The PSHE scheme of work has three core learning themes: My Mind, My Health, My Life. Each year groups learning builds on the knowledge, themes and vocabulary of the previous years. We have developed our own curriculum using resources from PiXL Wellbeing, E-safety and A mind to be kind and the Christopher Winter Project (RSE). We also draw on our own contextual knowledge of the children and their communities to ensure that lessons cover issues that are relevant and important to them (e.g. road and water safety, vaping, age appropriate viewing) and set personal safety challenges for each year group.


Each term begins with an assembly and subsequent PSHE lesson focusing on one of our school values. The 3 key learning themes are taught in blocks over the Autumn, Spring and Summer, with E-safety and RSE lessons interwoven throughout the year. We also use whole school events to develop ideas and skills further, such as Cultural Week and Careers Enterprise Week on a biennial basis.


We plan opportunities for children to learn from outside agencies e.g police, fire service, anti-crime talks, nutrituional advice frok our scghool meal provider, and real life opportubnities e.g Bikeability and local walks for road safety. 


Children will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty. 

Children will demonstrate a positive, healthy attitude to school, show determination and resilience in their learning and feel well supported by adults and thier peers.

Behaviour and cooperation will be good throughout the school.

Most children will achieve age related expectations accross the wider curriculum and in core subjects.

This will be measured by the:

  • Progress from a child's starting point or from the last point of statutory assessment.
  • Attainment at each point of statutory assessment. 


Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 2

Intention 2:

To develop children’s understanding of RSE so that they know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships now and in the future.

To deliver a scheme of work in line with the new recommendations for SRE teaching in the National Curriculum (Feb 2019)



A clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work guides the progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school.

Teaching of RSE is planned and resourced explicitly within each year group so that children become more aware of RSE and the purpose of each sequence of lessons. Vocabulary is explicitly taught and used appropriately at all times.

Parental Engagement:

Parents are informed of the content of the RSE programme during class transition meetings and information sent home prior to lessons. Further support and clarification is given when required.


Children will know more and remember more about RSE so that they develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.

Children will understand the physical aspects of RSE at an age appropriate level.

Children will have positive body images and respect for themselves and each other.