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Our Life Lessons PSHE and SMSC

At Birkdale Primary, we aim to ensure that our children spend their time in school experiencing a whole range of exciting and engaging curriculum lessons that continually ignite a love of learning for all subjects.


Our Life Lessons were created as a way to ensure that the children are also developing the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical choices, opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our Life Lessons can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and ensure that children are equipped with the skills and information they need to keep themselves safe, both physically and emotionally.


Life Lessons focus on the recommended outcomes for children as set out in the following government guidance:

  • The PSHE Curriculum
  • An understanding of, and tolerance for, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness (SMSC).
  • An understanding of British Values in modern Britain.


In order to achieve this throughout school, we have created a programme that is split into 6 key areas. These areas become a focus for each half-term. Alongside this, we base our assemblies and external visitors on 3 termly focuses. Please see the attached documents to see how we deliver our Life Lessons in school.

Please do contact us if you are a school and wish to use our scheme. Thank you.