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St Joseph's Academy

St. Joseph's
Catholic Academy


PSHE is an opportunity for children to develop their personal, social, health and emotional skills and understanding.  It gives children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives with a full awareness of how to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy in an ever-changing world.   

As a school, we follow the PSHE Association Curriculum to ensure a spiral curriculum enabling children to revisit topics in greater depth at an age appropriate level. 


The importance of mental health:

  • Emotional Literacy – understanding what your emotions are and identifying them – knowing that it is okay to go through several emotions in a day/hour/week etc. 

  • Anxiety is a medical disorder that is ever-increasing in young people as well as adults.  

  • If we give children strategies to deal with their worries when they are young, they will be able to use these strategies as they get older and be more equipped to deal with them before it turns into anxiety.


Please follow this link, to find a variety of short films covering a range of topics that you can discuss at home with your children:




Recommended Reads:

Adoption and fostering themes:

What We'll Build by Oliver JeffersWho's Your Real Mum by Bernadette Green and Anna ZobelThe Blanket Bears by Samuel Langley-Swain

Who's In My Family? by Robie HarrisTell Me Again about the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee CurtisI Don't Have Your Eyes by Carrie A. KitzeI Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

We Belong Together by Todd ParrThe Day We Met You by Phoebe KoehlerAdoption by Anita GaneriSputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Love Makes a Family by Sophie BeerAnd Tango Makes Three by Julie Richardson

Resilience/Growth Mindset and Anxiety themes:

Anna Liza and the Happy Practice (4u2read) by Eoin ColferLOUD! by Rose RobbinsThe Missing Trick by Robin JacobsBartholomew and the Morning Monsters by Sophie Berger and Ruan Van VlietButterfly Brain by Laura Dockrill and Gwen MillwordThe Longest Strongest Thread by Inbal Leitner

The Greatest Showpenguin by Lucy FreegardThe Orangutan Who Sang by Jay Vincent and Stew Wrigh

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkSurvivors by David LongThe Dot by Peter H Reynolds

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William KamkwambaWay Home by Libby Hawthorn and Gregory RogersEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Black Dog by Levi PinfoldYou Are Awesome by Matthew SyedBeautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg

I Can't Do That, YET by Esther Pia CordovaFly Flies by Ziggy Hanaor and Alice Bowsher

Sponsored Ad – My Body Sends a Signal: Helping Kids Recognize Emotions and Express FeelingsWhat's Going On Inside My Head?: Starting conversations with your child about positive mental healthLucy's Blue Day: Children's Mental Health Book

RSE themed books:

If you want to support the teaching of Relationships the Sex Education with your children at home, Babette Cole's books are a wonderful place to start.  The cover a range of different parts of RSE in a fun and humorous way, so even if you feel uncomfortable discussing this with your child, they make you feel comfortable to discuss the content.  These books can be purchased from many placed, but her website with all her books can be found on the following link: