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At Marshfield, all our PHSE lessons are delivered in line with the "Connect" curriculum.

Connect is a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) wellbeing curriculum for primary school children. It is a fun, easy to use weekly programme that teaches children key skills to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience.

With 36 Lesson plans for each year group from Reception to Year 6, plus an Introductory Term, the Connect curriculum is forever evolving to suit the ever-changing needs of our children.

Some of our School Councillors have self-elected to be 'Connect Advisors'.  They will bring to life the 'Advisor' role from our Connect PSHE curriculum to be a friend to all in the school whoever may need one.  The Advisor skill is about weighing up the reasons for and against pursuing a particular course of action. 

What makes Connect really unique is that the termly themes are derived from the psychological wellbeing literature, and specifically the work of Dr Geetanjali Basarkod. Dr Basarkod’s PhD thesis expanded on the work of the New Economics Foundation by empirically showing that psychologically healthy people tend to engage in 6 behaviours, and our curriculum is built around them. They are…

  • Connecting with others – this involves having healthy social relationships.

  • Challenging oneself – this involves continually trying to improve via learning.

  • Giving to others – this involves spending time and resources helping our fellow human beings.

  • Exercising – this involves engaging in physical activity. 

  • Embracing the moment – this involves mindfully interacting with our thoughts and feelings.

  • Self-care – this involves looking after oneself, such as through healthy eating and improved sleep quality.

Connect is the only PSHE curriculum specifically designed to support children to engage in these six wellbeing behaviours.

We feel that PSHE goes hand in hand with our PE curriculum.  Please see our PE and Sports page for more information or visit: