At Kielder, we believe that PSHE and RSE enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in the School Council. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities. 

PSHE makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour, safety, well-being and ability to build healthy relationships with others.

In EYFS, we start to instil in our pupils a sense of self and the world around them through planning around the following Early Learning Goals:
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Understanding the World

For example, children will learn how to talk about their and other’s feelings and recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviours. They will be taught the importance of turn-taking, a healthy diet and physical exercise. In addition, children will talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members, as well as recognising and appreciating differences between people.

We participate in and promote national events such as: Fairtrade Fortnight, Mental Health Awareness Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Internet Safety Week.

The schemes of learning we teach and the activities outlined above ensure that we meet the statutory requirements set out in the new 2020 curriculum; Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.

We have adopted a scheme of work from Kapow: this is a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum, which meets the statutory requirements to teach Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. The scheme is divided into 7 different strands:

  • Families and Relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Safety and the Changing Body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic Wellbeing
  • Transition
  • Identity

Within each strand, we have designed age appropriate topics for the classes. One topic per half-term is taught to each class and these topics are explored in more detail as children move through school. Some content will be taught to only one year group within the mixed-age class. We will also adapt sessions to meet the particular needs of our own children, for example discussions around farm safety will be included in our work on keeping safe.

In addition to PSHE lessons, there are regular PSHE assemblies which  are adapted to cover areas we feel children in school need to focus on at a particular moment, or to cover the key values that we have identified as being part of The Kielder Way. 

We also use resources from the PSHE Association to supplement and enhance our pupils' learning experience.



Through our PSHE and Relationships Education curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.

We aim for our pupils to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition to the next phase of their learning journey.