PSHE Progression of Skills and Knowledge

PSHE Progression of Skills and Knowledge

At Derwent Vale Primary and Nursery School our PSHE/RSE curriculum forms the foundation of our pupil’s personal development. We aim to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to effectively navigate the complexities of life in the 21st Century.


At Derwent Vale Primary and Nursery school, we intend that our children are supported, through our PSHE curriculum, to make informed choices now and in the future around their, health, safety, wellbeing, relationships and financial matters. As a school our priority is our pupils becoming confident individuals and active members of society. In addition, the curriculum also promotes the four fundamental British values which reflect life in modern Britain: democracy; rule of law; respect and tolerance and individual liberty.

We also acknowledge the important role quality PSHE/RSE plays us carry out our duty of care with regards to safeguarding. In response to the latest guidance from Keeping Children Safe in Education, our curriculum introduces and revisits ideas of personal boundaries, consent and communicating our boundaries to others. This prepares our pupils for future challenges and responsibilities they will face.


Our PSHE/RSE curriculum consists of three areas of learning in EYFS and five areas of learning across key stages 1 and 2.

Our speaking and listening curriculum is broad, balanced and is utilised and promoted within each lesson and across all subjects. We ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop and learn spoken language as outlined in the National Curriculum and the Early Years framework. Oracy involves engaging with ideas, reasoning together, listening to understand, changing people’s minds, telling compelling stories, developing arguments, expressing yourself and speaking up for what you believe in. Our children are taught to:


  • Self-regulation
  • Building relationships
  • Managing self

Key stage 1 and 2:

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

Each area is revisited to allow children to build on prior learning. Lessons ae based upon the statutory requirements for Relationship and Health education and are reflective of the PSHE Association Programme of Study, which is recommended by the DfE. The curriculum also meets the requirements of the Equality Act – children learn about different families, the effects of negative stereotypes and celebrate differences. Our PSHE/RSE curriculum strives to create meaningful opportunities for cross-curricular learning, in particular with Computing for online safety and Science for growing, nutrition, teeth, diet and lifestyle.


Once taught the full PSHE/RSE curriculum, our children will have met the objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance. We aim for our children to utilise their learning within their daily lives, from dealing with friendship issues to resilience to making healthy choices and knowing where and how to get help when needed.