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SPHE Primary Resources & Books

The Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum (SPHE) is for Irish pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and helps children develop a sense of wellbeing and self-confidence, along with a feeling of belonging.

At Prim-Ed Publishing, we are committed to providing high-quality resources to support the needs of all pupils and teachers in the important learning area of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). Our extensive range of primary SPHE resources includes photocopiable books, ebooks, posters and teacher guides, which are all designed to help teachers deliver engaging and effective lessons on the primary SPHE curriculum.

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Whether you're teaching children about healthy relationships, personal safety or responsible citizenship, we have the perfect resource to suit your needs. So why not browse our collection today and find the perfect SPHE resource for your school.


Why is Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) important?

SPHE is important as it helps children to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to manage their lives now and into the future.

SPHE looks at helping a child’s health, wellbeing and personal development, encouraging healthy relationships with their family, friends and peers, and provides guidance on being a responsible member of society.

Children will be encouraged to be more aware of their actions and how it affects both themselves and their friends around them.


Introducing the Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum in primary schools

The primary SPHE curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive programme of learning experiences that will enable children to develop a positive sense of self-identity and self-esteem. It will also help them to form positive relationships with others and to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to live healthy, safe and fulfilled lives.

SPHE curriculum is presented in three key strands:

  • Myself
  • Myself and others
  • Myself and the wider world

With a carefully structured SPHE curriculum, a child can develop a stronger idea of values and attitudes toward those around them, as well as the skills to make well-informed decisions now and into their teenage and adult life.


Benefits of children learning SPHE

The early stages of a child’s life will have an impact on their health, wellbeing and attitude towards those around them for years to come. A well thought out SPHE programme helps children identify the positive contributions made by different groups in society, enabling pupils to understand equality and fairness, when forced to deal with issues regarding prejudice and discrimination they see in their day-to-day lives.

The benefits of an SPHE curriculum are seen most in an environment where its teachings are shared by teachers, the school, family and other members of the community. Having a close network of people who encourage the teachings of SPHE will help a child through a consistent experience across their school and home life.


Teaching and learning SPHE in the classroom

The topics covered in SPHE lessons can be wide-ranging, from developing a positive self-image and managing emotions, to learning how to stay safe online or developing healthy relationships.

SPHE provides an opportunity for teachers to create lessons that are relevant to the lives of their pupils and helps equip them with the skills they need to manage both present and future challenges.

Health and wellbeing

  • Movement and physical activity
  • Being healthy, safe and active
  • Contributing to healthy and active communities
  • Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle choices, nutrition and developing healthy habits

Personal development

  • Mindfulness
  • Mental health, reducing stress and anxiety
  • Personal responsibility for your own behaviour and own feelings
  • Relaxation techniques

Social, personal and cultural development

  • Self-esteem, self-worth and resilience
  • Teaching values, being kind to yourself, the community and the environment
  • Behaviour management, good manners, social skills
  • Bullying in a cyber world
  • Identifying, coping with, and preventing bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Transition coping strategies for personal and social issues


SPHE resources for pupils and teachers

Primary SPHE has a variety of photocopiable activities, covering a wide range of objectives from all strand and strand units of the curriculum.

Each unit of work contains a teacher page, in lesson plan format, and a variety of supporting activity pages. The aim of the activities is to help and encourage pupils to lead happy and healthy lives.

  • Physical Education and Development – Movement and Physical Activity: one of our newest releases, this is the ideal resource for all early years teachers looking for physical education activity inspiration.
  • Primary SPHE: One of our most popular SPHE resources, this seven-book series is written to support the teaching and learning of the social, personal and health education subject areas of the Irish curriculum

Prim-Ed Publishing is dedicated to helping teachers develop important life skills in their pupils. Our SPHE resources are designed to promote healthy living and positive relationships, ensuring that young people grow up to be happy and well-rounded adults.

Prim-Ed Publishing also offers a range of primary resources, including worksheets, posters and teacher guides. Place an order online or contact us today for more information.

Request the new 2022 Workbook Catalogue or check out our new releases to see the latest products for your school.


Frequently asked questions


In SPHE lessons, pupils learn about a range of topics related to physical and mental health, personal relationships and responsible citizenship. The SPHE curriculum is designed to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to manage their lives, now and into the future.

In Ireland, the SPHE curriculum is delivered to Junior Infants to Sixth Class. SPHE stands for Social, Personal and Health Education. The main purpose of the SPHE curriculum is to help pupils develop their personal and social skills and to foster a sense of self-confidence and belonging.

The SPHE curriculum was introduced in primary schools in 1999.

There are many benefits to learning SPHE. SPHE helps pupils to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. It also helps them to recognise, manage and respond to the challenges and opportunities they face throughout their lives. SPHE also teaches pupils about managing their own emotions, setting boundaries and respecting the personal space of others.

SPHE is taught using an inquiry-based approach. This means that pupils are actively involved in their own learning and that they have the opportunity to explore SPHE topics in a safe and supportive environment. SPHE is typically taught through class discussions, role-playing, games and other fun activities.