Carr Junior School


A Welcome from our Headteacher - Mrs Kerr Welcome to Carr Junior School: a wonderful, vibrant school in the West of York. There are many special things about our school; however, without a doubt, the people are the stars of our school.

South Bank Multi Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 10067116 whose registered office is at Woodthorpe Primary School, Summerfield Rd, York YO24 2RU

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What is PSHCE and why is it important to us?


Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Emotional Education at Carr Junior School is designed to equip our pupils for their lives both now and in the future. Through a balanced, non-judgmental and explorative approach, our PSHCE curriculum enables children to engage thoughtfully with the range of concepts and how they fit into their life and world view. Through PSHCE, our children develop skills and strategies to manage key issues or concepts that will be a part of their lives, and build resilience and mindfulness in times of difficulty, transition or change. After experiencing four years of PSHCE at Carr, it is intended that our pupils will feel valued, equipped to deal with the challenges that life can present and able to articulate their views, values and beliefs as they shape their own identities.

Key Concepts


All PSHCE learning is linked to 9 key concepts which underpin the whole curriculum. By careful design, these concepts and underlying values and principles will continue to be applicable and useful for our young people regardless of how the world (or PSHCE curriculum) changes. The concepts are:


  • Identity

  • Relationships

  • A healthy, balanced lifestyle

  • Risk

  • Diversity and equality

  • Rights

  • Change

  • Power

  • Career


These themes are revisited many times throughout each academic year and run through the entire curriculum regardless of the termly focus. In addition, they are often covered and explored in other curriculum areas such as English, History or Geography. Thorough exploration of these ideas is intended to equip our pupils with the skills, language and strategies they will need to manage these concepts in their own lives and within the modern world.

How is PSHCE taught?


PSHCE is taught in all year groups and for the equivalent of an hour per week. Sessions are delivered in a variety of ways and activities could include:


  • A class discussion, using an agreed code of conduct and/or Philosophy for Children principles.

  • 'Living Newspapers'.

  • Creating posters, art work, songs or poems.

  • Collaborating on written or creative tasks, such as spider diagrams or mind maps.

  • Workshops with external visitors.

  • Research into relevant issues/concepts using technology. 

  • Drama and roleplay.

  • Engaging in community spirited tasks (eg Pensioners' Parcels).

  • Engaging in debate. 


In addition to dedicated PSHCE lessons, our pupils also have many other opportunities to explore concepts in other subjects, such as democracy in Ancient Greek history or mental health in relation to a guided reading book.