Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 2NU

01709 361502

St Mary's Catholic Primary School


Here at St Mary’s we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.  This Safeguarding in the Curriculum document highlights how we teach children about safeguarding issues.  We are committed to ‘ensuring that children are taught about safeguarding, including online safety. We consider this as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum’. 


We aim to equip children with essential skills for life. We are committed to developing the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. 


Pupils are taught safeguarding lessons through a variety of approaches. This includes our RE, PSHE and RSE lessons as well as special weeks, events and home learning throughout the school year.


Our scheme of work provides pupils with an effective curriculum for wellbeing. Children are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when and how they can seek the support of others.


What’s Covered


·        Why are we special?

o   Religious understanding

·        Kindness and friendships

·        Me, My Body, My Health - Self-care

o   Boy and girl body similarities, differences and names of the parts

o   Healthy lifestyles, exercise, diet, sleep and personal hygiene

·        Emotional Well-being/ Understanding feelings and emotions

o   Natural to relate and trust each other

o   Use language to describe feelings

o   Simple strategies for managing feelings, emotions and behaviour

·        Lifecycles

o   Natural stages of life from birth to death

·        Personal relationships

o   Special people

o   Wider family

o   Trusting ‘special people’

o   Positive and negative relationships

o   Recognising teasing and that all bullying is wrong

·        Keeping safe

o   Indoor and outdoor safety inc. online

o   Bodily privacy

o   Medicines should only be taken when a parent or doctor gives them to us

o   Medicines are not sweets

o   Paramedics help us in a medical emergency

o   First-aid can be used in non-emergency situations as well as waiting for an ambulance

·        Living in the wider world

o   Belonging to various communities such as home, parish, the wider local area, nation and global community

o   Duty of care others and for the world we live in (charity work, recycling)

o   What harms and what improves the world in which we live


·        Fire safety inc. Bonfire Fire Night Safety

·        Water safety (Summer term under the sea)

·        Safe and unsafe situations – including online, Cyber bullying

·        All about our bodies inc Body privacy

·        Girls and boys similarities and differences

·        Healthy lifestyles and physical activity, dental health and healthy eating, personal hygiene

·        Our likes, dislikes and needs & emotional language

·        Managing our feelings, how our behaviour affects others

·        Choices have consequences

·        Different types of families, Healthy family life, Trusted adults

·        Positive and negative relationships

·        Bullying and teasing, Responsibilities of bystanders

·        Difference between good secrets and bad secrets

·        Resisting pressure when feeling unsafe

·        Isolation and loneliness

·        Appropriate friendships

·        Self-respect

·        How to make emergency calls

·        Sun safety

·        Harmful substances

·        Basic first aid

Lower KS2

·        RSE

o   Similarities and difference between people, Self Confidence, Respecting our bodies- healthy bodies, healthy eating, feelings and emotions, emotional wellbeing, healthy minds, talking to trusted people helps emotional wellbeing, ways to maintain good, positive, healthy relationships. Different types of relationships, anti-bullying (including cyber-bullying) exploitation and harassment in relationships including physical and emotional abuse. Responsibilities to look after themselves and keep themselves safe. Online safety. Medicines are drugs, but not all drugs are good
(substance awareness). First aid knowledge.

·        PSHE

o   Importance of respecting others (physically or in character)

o   Self-respect

o   Behaving differently online (online safety, online friendships)

o   Where to get advice (family or school)

o   Clear & efficient calls in emergencies

o   Legal & illegal substances

o   Concept of privacy

·        Other

o   Swimming Lessons

o   Road Safety

o   Stranger Danger


o   Black History Month

·        Science

o   Electricity, Gas, Body Parts

·        Topic

o   Mountains, Rivers & Coasts – water safety

Upper KS2

·        History

o   Neglect                                                      

o   Child criminal exploitation

o   Physical abuse

o   Bullying

·        Geography

o   Inclusion

o   Racism

o   Poverty

·        Art

o   Child abuse

o   Neglect

o   Bullying

·        PE

o   Healthy eating

o   Fitness in relation to health and heart

·        Science

o   Animals and other living things including humans

o   Environmental factors and respect.

·        RE

o   Respecting ourselves and others.

o   Bullying (bystanders)

o   Inclusion and respect.

o   Crucial crew - road safety, fire safety, online safety, CCE, knife crime, first aid.

·        RSE

o   online safety, pornography, girls/boys bodies, healthy relationships, emotional well-being, keeping safe. 

·        PSHE

o   online safety, world of drugs, emotions 

·        Curriculum

o   racism, equality