Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)

Statement of Intent for Personal Social Health Education and Relationships Education (PSHE), including spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and British Values


Personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society and play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.

Click here to read the PSHE Protocol (including Relationships and Health Education.

We will follow the ‘Kapow’ scheme for our taught PSHE curriculum. This will include the following units each year:

Families and relationships

Health and wellbeing

Safety and the changing body


Economic wellbeing

From September 2020 Relationships (primary) and Health Education became statutory aspects of the school curriculum. Sex education in all primary settings remains recommended but non-statutory. We believe that sex education should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings. We have chosen to teach this aspect of PHSE through our science lessons and therefore you cannot withdraw your child from this curriculum content. The science aspect includes:

  • In Years 1/2, children learn that animals, including humans, have offspring that grow into adults. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.
  • In Years 5/6, children are taught about the life cycles of humans and animals, including reproduction. They also learn about the changes that happen in humans from birth to old age. This includes learning what happens in puberty, including periods. 

The Kapow scheme provides a progressive and planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships between themselves and others.

Some PSHE content could be covered alongside other curriculum areas. The teacher will make these choices and to arrange these objectives so that they fit in well, for example, teaching money in maths and financial education in PHSE at the same time as internet skills in computing. 

Skill Progression 2023-24

Teaching children to stay safe

We have added some additional content to our curriculum to help children stay safe  within our local context. 

Click here to read the Teaching Children Stay Safe overview.