Burton Leonard Church of England Primary School

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Personal, Social & Health Education and Relationships, Health & Sex Education 


At Burton Leonard C of E Primary School we recognise the value that a high quality Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) curriculum prepares children for the next part of their lives. We also recognise the importance of educating pupils with regards to Relationships & Health Education and have a developed a curriculum that combines both vital aspects of learning. Ensuring our pupils develop into well-rounded individuals is essential and therefore Citizenship is an important thread that runs through the curriculum.  When taught well, PSHE helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with the skills they will need throughout later life.

We use the Kapow PSHE & RSE Schemes of Learning, which aims are:

  • to keep children safe and healthy
  • to build respectful and safe relationships
  • to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
  • to be self-aware
  • to be compassionate with others
  • to be ambitious and confident
  • to be resilient
  • to operate safely in a digital world
  • to prepare children for changes
  • to prepare children for good economic well-being.

‘The scheme aims to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to effectively navigate the complexities of the 21st Century. The curriculum covers key areas which will support children to make informed choices now and in the future around their health, safety, wellbeing, relationships, and financial matters and will support them in becoming confident individuals and active members of society’ (Kapow 2022)

Woven in to this are our bespoke, curriculum ribbons:

  • community & heritage
  • spirituality
  • diversity
  • wellbeing
  • dreams and aspirations
  • enterprise.

Themes that are important to the children within our community are also threaded through, along with carefully curated key texts, specifically taught vocabulary and links to British Values alongside our chosen school values of  courage, love and service. 

Our curriculum is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, preparing children for adult life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.


Our curriculum is shaped by our school vision to

Love our neighbour    

Shine and make a difference in the world

'Love your neighbour as yourself''

Luke 10:27

Our vision, values and curriculum ribbons weave through the PSHE curriculum, adding a carefully contextual and bespoke element to each area taught. Using carefully selected texts and carefully considered links to British Values and Protected Characteristics we teach children skills within lessons which children can implement in other areas of learning. There are meaningful opportunities for cross curricular links, for example online safety, science and economics.  Using the framework of Kapow a carefully crafted and bespoke curriculum is in place for our pupils.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Each area is revisited every year to allow children to build upon prior learning.  Opportunities for children to reflect on prior learning are built into each lesson, with retrieval points mapped throughout to ensure that learning is retained.

Key principles of the curriculum:

EYFS: Our reception learning has been designed to support pupils in meeting the Early learning goals which come under the Personal, Social and Emotional development prime area.

Cyclical: Pupils revisit the five key areas throughout KS1 and KS2

Increasing depth: Each time a key area is revisited, it is covered with greater depth and increasing maturity.

Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build on previous foundations, rather than starting again.

There are single aged curriculums for the following year groups:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Our Year 3&4 and 5&6 classes following a two year rolling programme.

In KS2 some lessons will be delivered to single year groups.

Consideration is given to the emotional maturity of the children in each class and the appropriate age to introduce topics such as puberty. We have planned for an introduction to puberty to begin in Year 4, but will always consider the cohort before facilitating learning.

In some areas it is important that pupils have the opportunity to develop their understanding each year, rather than once in a two-year period, so the lessons have been rewritten, with clear guidance, activities, differentiation and assessment information for each year group. In these instances, teachers teach the same lesson each year, but pupils will have a different experience in the lesson depending on whether they are the younger or older cohort. Even with a two-year cycle, pupils are progressing year-on-year as they develop in emotional maturity.

The Kapow scheme is a whole school approach that consists of five areas of learning:

  • Families and relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic Wellbeing

All classes receive a transition programme in the final half term of the academic year, as we value the importance of being ready (one of our 3Rs)

There is an additional unit of Identity for Y6.

The following skills and knowledge are taught

  • Valuing different family structures
  • Creating and maintaining positive friendships
  • Developing safe and respectful relationships
  • Understanding the changes that take place during puberty
  • Promoting good health and carrying out first aid
  • Learning to make independent choices and not be influenced by others
  • Operating safely in a digital world

Our curriculum also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school. Children are provided with stories, scenarios and video clips which allow them to engage in real life and current topics in a safe and structured way.


By the time children leave Burton Leonard they will: 

  • Have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
  • Have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships.
  • Have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
  • Be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • Be  able to understand and manage their emotions
  • Recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty

 When the full scheme has been taught, children will have met objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education Statutory guidance and can then utilise their learning within daily lives. 

Relationships Education at Burton Leonard C of E Primary 

As a maintained primary school we must provide relationships education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.

However, we are not required to provide sex education but we do need to teach the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum pertaining to human development including puberty and the changing body. 

In teaching Relationships Education, we must have regard to guidance issued by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.

At Burton Leonard Primary School we teach Relationships Education as set out in our PSHE/Relationship Education policy.

You can access our bespoke curriculum map and Kapow progression document below. 






burton leonard curriculum map pshe website.pdf


pshe rse progression map .pdf