Primary School

Ready, Respectful and Safe


Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poor countries to provide this.

Intent: What we are trying to achieve in our curriculum?

Our curriculum is designed to meet and address the needs of the children who attend our school. It is ambitious, inclusive, broad and balanced. It is designed to provide a progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with clear end points, at the end of key phases in school. The threads ‘Be ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe’ provide the intent of our curriculum design and are implemented throughout PSHE and RSE.


What do we want to develop in our children at Kirklevington?

What does this look like in our School?

Be Ready

Be Ambitious – aim high, exposure to experts and role models, challenge provided in teaching knowledge, skills and vocabulary

  • All children are encouraged to have high aspirations through the theme of ‘Being my Best’
  • Vocabulary is progressive and discussed throughout the PSHE curriculum – appropriate to the year group the children are taught within.
  • Children are introduced to a range of vocabulary for different emotions and feelings. They are encouraged to explore these through discussion.


Be Independent – Prepared for now, the next steps and for life

  • Personal hygiene is taught to children and encouraged- beginning in EYFS
  • In KS2, and within RSE puberty lessons, children learn about how to care for themselves and develop independent life skills.
  • Children learn about understanding the value of money/items and the responsibility which comes with this, including beginning to manage their own finances.  


Be Resilient – confident, develop self-regulation, well-being strategies and be problem solvers

  • From EYFS the PSHE curriculum focuses on the theme of self- regulation allowing children to build a solid foundation from the start of their learning journey.
  • Children learn about developing emotionally throughout school including through ‘the zones of regulation’.


Be Respectful

Respectful behaviours – towards ourselves, our peers and others

  • Children are taught about respectful relationships with others and the core theme of relationships runs throughout the PSHE curriculum.
  • Children are taught the importance of kindness and how to be a good friend to others.



Respect rights -RRSA – Understand our rights, how they affect our lives and rights of children globally, celebrating differences

  • Rights charters are set up in each class at the beginning of each school year, as part of PSHE lessons.
  • Children’s rights is at the heart of our curriculum and all lessons taught within PSHE are linked to rights.
  • Children are prepared for the wider world through the theme of valuing difference and identity, society and equality.  


Respect the environment – our school, the community and the wider world

  • Children are taught the skills to be a good local citizen and are given the change to complete projects within the community.



Be Safe

Keep ourselves safe – know how to report concerns and worries, including with friendships

  • Children are taught about anti- bullying with each year group building on previous learning. 
  • Health and wellbeing is a progressive core curriculum theme.
  • The RSE curriculum provides children with information at an appropriate level of how to keep their bodies safe, e.g. through using NSPCC resources and assembly visits.
  • PSHE lessons are taught in a trusted environment, where teachers set ground rules and ensure children feel confident and safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings.
  • Question boxes and worry boxes are set up for areas of the PSHE and RSE curriculum, where children may be worried to share or ask things, such as Y6 RSE.


Being safe in the school and community – Knowledge about, our families, the school, the local context and wider world

  • Children are taught the skills they need to stay safe within school and their own community, in situations which are appropriate for their age.
  • Children learn about the importance of keeping safe from medication and drugs- including from household medication at KS1 and drugs, smoking and alcohol by the end of Year 6.
  • Children are taught about emergency services and how to get help from different services if they feel unwell or unsafe.


Being safe online –Using technology for the right reasons and knowing its limitations

  • Online safety has a strong focus in the PSHE curriculum and is taught progressively throughout.
  • Children are taught the skills to make responsible choices as well as considering the consequence of actions to be safe internet users.
  • Cyber bullying is covered within the PSHE curriculum at an appropriate level for each phase group.


Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, and to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.

Throughout school, our PSHE and RSE is taught through the delivery of the PSHE 3D scheme. Sometimes this is taught weekly and at other times is taught in weekly blocks at the discretion of the class teacher. PSHE and citizenship is taught to all children to ensure they receive a broad and balanced curriculum.

Lessons taught within classes use a range of teaching and learning styles. We place an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, investigations and completing work from real life situations and scenarios. We encourage the children to initiate and take part in a range of activities that promote active citizenship, for example: charity fundraising, planning and involvement in school events such as assemblies, themed activity days/weeks and the school Summer Fete.

Our children are encouraged to participate in discussions to resolve conflicts and problems as they rise and each class sets their own class right’s charter at the beginning of the school year. We offer the children opportunities to visit or be visited by speakers who play a role in creating a positive and supportive local community. For example: health workers, the police, the fire service, St Martin’s Church.

We teach PSHE and citizenship in a variety of ways. In some instances, sessions are also delivered by outside agencies. For example: NSPCC workshops, the local church.

Some of the time we address PSHE and citizenship issues through other subjects, e.g. health through Science and lots of issues through our delivery of the RE curriculum, as well as our school themed weeks. We have previously covered Anti-Bullying week, Campaign Week and Water Week.

We also develop PSHE and citizenship by addressing relevant issues and themes within whole school assemblies each week as well as activities and whole school events where pupil voice is encouraged. For example: School Parliament and Rights Respecting Schools’ meetings have a positive impact in school and allow children to make positive changes to their learning and wider school community. Our KS2 children take part in an annual residential visit. These visits focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills. Our Year 6 children also take part in Crucial Crew, which establishes a fundamental importance in keeping safe as citizens in real life situations.

PSHE Knowledge and Skills Map
Whole School Topics PSHE/RSE
PSHE Vocabulary Map


The impact of PSHE will be seen through our pupils who will be able to explain what they are personally focusing on to become better citizens in our school community and the world beyond. They will provide informed arguments to back their reasons for their choice in life decisions and be able to engage in thoughtful, possibly provoking discussions on important topics. They will know how to keep themselves safe and have an age appropriate understanding of themselves and others.

The Head of School and the PSHE and RSE subject leader are responsible for monitoring the standards of teaching and learning in school. The subject leader is responsible for supporting colleagues and informing them about current developments and resources. Lessons are recorded within class ‘floor books’. Teachers assess the children’s work in PSHE and citizenship by making informal judgements as they observe during lessons. We have clear expectations of what the children will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each key stage.

Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens – with the relevant skills needed for life.