Personal Development Learning



Charlotte Stephenson  

 PDL Leader

Pearl Wheeler

PDL Governor


The PDL (Personal Development Learning) schemes of work have been developed using Hampshire County Council guidelines and advice from the PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) Association. The planned PDL programme is taught weekly by the class teacher through a range of curriculum areas (eg Science, Literacy and ICT) and within the whole school ethos.  PDL is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include:

* circle time

* whole school assemblies

* drama

* problem solving

* stories

The aims of PDL are to enable children to:

* know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle (eg the benefits of physical

activity, rest, healthy eating and dental health)

* be aware of safety issues (including road safety, the correct use of medicines and online safety)

* understand what makes for good relationships with others

* be respectful to others

* be an independent and responsible member of our school community

* develop self-confidence and self-esteem to enable them to make informed choices

* be positive and active members of the wider community (eg know what improves and harms their

local environment)

Staff have been trained in ‘The Prevent Duty.’ This enables them to identify children who may be at risk of radicalisation, and know what measures to take if that should arise.

The children also learn about ‘British Values’ through whole school assemblies. The British Values Charter is in each classroom:




In our school we have elected a school council so that we make sure every child has a voice.

The Rule of Law

We know that we must have rules to follow in school. There are also rules of law beyond our school that keep us all safe.

Individual Freedom

We encourage the children to make their own choices in a safe and happy environment.

Mutual Respect

Everyone is special. Everyone is different. We listen, respect and value what everyone says.

We wanted to create our own British Values poster that the children had designed. Each year group was given one to illustrate. The school councilors voted for the best one. A poster was then made which is on display in the school hall.


PDL at  Petersfield Infant School

PDL is about promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

PDL is a non-statutory part of the curriculum, but many schools choose to teach it because they find their pupils benefit from learning how to lead healthy lifestyles, manage their feelings and build positive relationships, PDL promotes positive behaviour, mutual respect and self-awareness.

Reception Year In the foundation stage there is area of learning called ‘Personal, social and emotional development’. In Year R children might:

  • identify and name feelings

  • begin to understand why it is important to keep clean

  • begin to show awareness of differences and similarities between people

  • consider the consequences of their words and actions on others and recognise that bullying is wrong.

Years 1 and 2 Pupils learn about:

  • themselves as individuals and as members of their communities

  • the basic rules and skills for keeping healthy and safe

  • their feelings, views, needs and rights. They learn to recognise those of others

  • taking responsibility for themselves and their environments

  • social skills such as sharing, taking turns, playing, helping others, resolving conflict, as well as recognising and resisting bullying.

Throughout our school children are encouraged and taught about the core values of

  • democracy

  • the rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Petersfield Infant School SMSC Map

At Petersfield Infant School, we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC), plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. The promotion of SMSC development is important because it develops the whole child, equipping them with a moral compass and a positive set of values in order to thrive in a rapidly changing society. We therefore aim to provide a curriculum that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • their own values and beliefs

  • their own spiritual awareness

  • their own high standards of personal behaviour

  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people

  • an understanding of their social and cultural traditions

  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their cultures.

  • an understanding of the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We believe in fostering lifelong learning through providing an environment that values mutual trust and respect, honesty and equality and seeks to develop everyone’s potential. We provide excellent learning opportunities for all and celebrate the successes of individuals and the whole community. At Petersfield Infant School we promote SMSC through a wide range of exciting, interactive and fun ways.

A range of examples are detailed below:


Our social development is how we learn to play together, to co-operate and work together in groups, in our classes, our year groups and in the whole school community.


Our moral development is how we learn to understand what is right and wrong.

  • School council

  • School trips

  • Talk partners

  • Playground Pals & New Arrival Ambassadors

  • Lunchtime Clubs (French, Choir, Recorder etc)

  • Productions & performances

  • Community events throughout the year

  • Charity fundraising events

  • Transition with local pre-schools and the juniors

  • PDL curriculum

  • Sunshine groups (Nurture)

  • ELSA sessions

  • Special Visitors & volunteers

  • Whole Sports Day & Inter-School Sports sessions

  • Swimming lessons (Year 2)

  • End of the year disco (Year 2)

  • Christmas/Summer fairs

  • Curriculum events e.g. Science home project, Art exhibition

  • Father’s day(KS1)/ New Year R dads breakfast

  • Parents eating lunch with children

  • Home Visits

  • Year R transition events and visits

  • RE – value of different cultures and beliefs

  • Assemblies

  • Wider community – vicar/church visits/the Heath/Physic Garden

  • British Values

  • Respecting different viewpoints/cultures/religions

  • Circle time – PDL curriculum

  • Debates explored through History and other subjects

  • Children have a keen sense of right and wrong

  • Mutual respect embedded throughout the school

  • School reward system – rocket, star etc

  • Rights & Respects charters/ Class Codes

  • Recycling initiatives

  • BLP

  • Playground Pals

  • Library Monitors

  • School Councilors


Our spiritual development is having a sense of awe and wonder of our amazing world. We also reflect on what we do and think about how we can improve


Our cultural development is finding out about and celebrating how other people lived their lives now and in the past. It is also how we do things in our school, our community and our world.

  • RE – Living Difference 3 curriculum

  • Science – awe and wonder – Living eggs, caterpillars

  • Children are reflective about learning, respond to feedback

  • Class story time – opportunity for reflection/discussion

  • Drama workshops – exploring and reflecting key themes and emotions

  • Inspirational visitors e.g. authors

  • Assembly – reflection time

  • Follow children’s interests in EYFS provision

  • Year group and whole school trips/enrichment opportunities – awe and wonder moments

  • Focus weeks – World book week, World Week

  • Weekly whole school singing assembly

  • Remembrance Day – poppies

  • Building Learning Power (BLP)

  • Year group performances – Y2 Christingle/Year 1 Show/Year R Nativity

  • Topical themed days

  • Events covered in the curriculum e.g Great fire of London, Kings and queens, Gunpowder Plot, Sukkot, Judaism

  • British Values promoted through curriculum, topics and assemblies

  • A range of clubs which promote an interest in many areas – art/dance/drama/football/choir/multi sports

  • E-safety

  • School trips

  • Traditions celebrated e.g. St Georges day, Easter, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Eid

  • Celebration of events such as Royal weddings, Olympics

  • Stories from different cultures

  • Visitors

  • Links to other cultures in our community – parents, staff, pupils

  • Persona dolls training YR

  • Persona dolls in Y1 & Y2

  • International club

  • Language of the week

  • ‘Where in the world?’ displays

  • World week

  • Languages on the door

  • New Arrival Ambassadors

  • Class teddy visiting homes


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 Rights and Respects

The children are introduced to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This provides universal principles of the need to promote and protect the rights of all children.

By beginning to know their rights the children start to understand that the adults around them and they themselves have a responsibility to ensure that these rights are respected.

Children begin to understand that they are citizens in the school, in the local community and in the wider world. This supports them in thinking about and forming moral judgements.

They develop a sense of being connected with other children globally and this helps them to develop the sense of being a global citizen.

Article 28 of the United Nations (UN) convention on the rights of the child states that all children and young people have the right to a primary education, and that young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education they are capable of.

What do we do to develop R and R at Petersfield Infant School?

  • The children develop class codes

  • They hear and are encouraged to use the vocabulary of rights and respect

  • We link with schools abroad

  • There is planned curriculum time every half term to investigate and understand R and R concepts and ideas

  • We teach the children about their rights

  • We connect with different local community groups

  • We support local and global charities

  • Children’s work is displayed

  • We have an active School Council who communicate pupil voice to the Senior Leadership

Fairtrade School Status – We are a Fair-Aware School

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 We celebrate children at our school who have English as an additional language (EAL) or who have families living in other countries around the world! Have a look at the slideshow below to see some of things we do.

EAL presentation 2019