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PSHRE Curriculum


Welcome to our PSHRE curriculum page, please have a look at our subject rationale.

PSHRE Policy 


After consultation with our parents, staff and governors, please find below our PSHRE policy.

PSHRE Subject Rationale

From September 2020 a new curriculum for PSHE and RSE became statutory.

See document below for a parent guide to this.

As well as using some of existing PSHRE and Citizenship Programmes to tie in with class  Learning Journey Work, to comply with as a school we are also following a whole new scheme in KS1 and KS2.


Our school is using the Talking Points schemes of work to deliver the government guidance on Health and Relationships education. It uses picture books as a starting point to get children talking about their own health and mental wellbeing as well as addressing other issues such as managing money and understanding democracy. Its aim is to develop children’s understanding of themselves, their emotions and how to deal with others. It also teaches children how to stay safe in many situations and who to speak to if they are ever worried or concerned.


See below for information for each year group.

Stories are subject to change if correct books cannot be sourced.

In Early Years PSHRE will continue to be taught in the same way; through provision and focus times.

The content is formed from two main areas of Development Matters: Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Health and Self-Care. 

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)


After extensive research, we have invested in the Christopher Winter Project resources to support our delivery of the RSE curriculum. Something that came from the parent consultation that was carried out earlier in the academic year was that parent's wanted to see the schemes of work that we follow and exactly what their children will be learning about. Attached below are the overviews for Years 1 through to 6.

DARE in Year 6 (Life Skills Education)


Why choose Life Skills Primary?

Priestsic Primary has a responsibility to ensure our children leave fully equipped for transition to secondary school and all that entails and to ensure that they will be able to make safe and healthy choices.

The Life Skills programme helps Priestsic to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, in particular elements included in PSHE from 2020.

Children are extremely vulnerable to peer pressure, have little understanding of the facts about drugs and alcohol, or about the law and the consequences of carrying a knife or of treating others differently; they often do not communicate effectively, or manage risky situations successfully.

Knife crime has increased in recent years and incidents of hate crime are on the rise; the impact of drug and alcohol use is evident on the individual, family, community and society and can include low academic achievement, poor physical and mental health, crime and antisocial behaviour and domestic abuse. Early intervention using a programme which is proven to work can lessen the risks and can only be a benefit to all.


The DARE programme utilises the unique SKILL DECISION MAKING MODEL which teaches young people to make safe and healthy choices, working through problems and issues one step at a time.

Teaching young people to consider a range of options, balance risk and consequences, be responsible, manage stress and resist pressure are all key to ensuring they develop into positive and proactive young adults who can adapt to life’s challenges and minimise the risky behaviour inherent in daily life.


Parental involvement

We encourage parents to be involved in the DARE programme by attending a parent/carer information briefing at the beginning of the course, by encouraging and working with children on their course homework and by providing feedback on the course and attending the graduation. 



Life Skills Education is committed to safeguarding children and young people and operate a safer recruitment policy. All of the staff have regular DBS checks and receive initial and ongoing safeguarding training. DAaRT Officers work with individual schools to ensure that all students are safeguarded and Life Skills Education will take any action required in order to fulfil this responsibility.


DARE also adhere to the principles of effective drug education as set out by the PSHE association, for example:

Take a positive approach which does not attempt to induce shock or guilt but focuses on what children and young people can do to keep themselves and others healthy and safe and to lead happy and fulfilling lives – the Life Skills Primary Programme uses facts which are up to date and relevant, and places strong emphasis on the concept of personal responsibility and making safe and healthy choices.

Encourage young people to reflect on their learning and the progress they have made, and to transfer what they have learned to say and to do from one school subject to another, and from school to their lives in the wider community –  Life Skills see their programme very much as a part of the national curriculum, not as a ‘bolt on’.

DARE Poems


As we came to the end of our DARE learning, Year 6 children were set the task of writing a poem to showcase what they had learnt during the 11 week programme. They could write any style of poem they liked and it could focus on one aspect of DARE or on several areas of their learning. We have been really impressed with the independent work they have produced. Here are a few for you to look at.

PSHRE in Action at Priestsic...


The photos below highlight the progression of our PSHRE curriculum as children move through the school; continually revisiting and recall on previously taught themes and learning and building on them in an age appropriate way. 

PSHRE in Action at Priestsic

Curriculum Purpose PSHRE

Developing PSED Skills in F2

What our children say...

What our children think about what they are learning is incredibly important to us; they are at the heart of our curriculum. Pupil voice activities are carried out numerous times throughout the course of the year to ascertain what is working well and how things can be improved. The children's opinions, along with staff's inform the PSHRE subject action plan. 

What our children have to say about their PSHRE learning at Priestsic...