At Altmore Infant School we follow a PSHE scheme called SCARF.

SCARF (which stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) provides a whole-school approach to help us teach children about these essential elements – all of which play a key role in preparing children to achieve their best, academically and socially.

SCARF is closely aligned with the DfE requirements for statutory Relationships and Health Education, and mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study. Staff at Altmore and Lathom Federation use SCARF as a framework to provide resources to support their teaching. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing.

SCARF PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Years 1 and 2 through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.

Me and My Relationships Explores feelings and emotions, develops skills to manage conflict, helps identify our special people and equips children to recognise the qualities of healthy friendships and how to manage them.

Valuing Difference Includes a strong focus on British Values, supports children to develop respectful relationships with others, recognise bullying and know their responsibilities as a bystander. Younger children will also be thinking about how listening skills can help us and older children we’ll be thinking about the importance of being kind and safe online.

Keeping Myself Safe Covers a number of safety aspects from statutory Relationships Education including being able to identify trusted adults in their lives, what to do when faced with a dilemma and recognising appropriate and inappropriate touch.

Rights and Responsibilities Explores broader topics including looking after the environment, economic education and the changing rights and responsibilities children have as they grow older.
Being My Best Includes a focus on keeping physically healthy, developing a growth mindset to facilitate resiliency, setting goals and ways to achieve them.

Growing and Changing has age-appropriate plans to cover the physical and emotional changes that happen as children as they grow older, including changes at puberty and how to approach this with confidence. Age-appropriate lessons on relationships and sex education are also included.


In Nursery and Reception this term we have been focussing on settling into a new environment and learning where things are. We have also been looking at what makes us special and people who are close to us.

In KS1

In Year 1 we have been working collaboratively talking about friendships and what constitutes a good or bad friendship and how we can be a good friend to others. The children also daily do a chart where they speak about their wellbeing and have a chance to change it throughout the day. Children in Year 1 in term 1 are talking about themselves and who is in their families. Their first lesson was about why we have classroom rules where the children had to think very hard about what a rule is and why we have them. This is then built across the whole federation. They also have a topic on Superheroes who also include everyday ones such as doctors.

In Year 2 we have been looking at what are rules, but this time how they are used throughout the school. We have also been looking at what makes you a good friend and how we can be a good friend to others. Again we have the emotions chart which daily we move our names to show the teacher whether we are settled and how we are feeling. This has linked well to the lessons on feelings and emotions.

Useful Links

BBC Bitesize
NHS – Let’s talk about it
CAMHS Resources
Place 2 Be
Young Minds

Useful texts

But Why Can’t I?- Sue Graves
Elmer and the Big Bird- David McGee
Tyrannosaurus Drip- Julia Donaldson
Errol’s Garden- Gillian Hibbs
Along Came a Different- Tom McLaughlin
Super Duper You- Sophy Henn


We consider enrichment activities to be an important part of our children’s learning, providing children with stimulating and engaging practical experiences that support the curriculum and create a love for learning. Throughout the school year, children take part in a variety of enrichment activities. These include: visitors in school, visits from authors, educational visits, competitions, performances and celebrating our ‘Altmore Achievers’ in a weekly assembly.

Inspiring a love of learning in the resilient and confident leaders of tomorrow.