RSE and PSHE: Key stage 1

Pupils learn about families and relationships, physical health and mental wellbeing, being safe online and first aid and safety


After the 'Introduction: Setting ground rules for RSE & PSHE' lesson, the units can be taught in any order.

Year 1

Y1 Introduction: Setting ground rules for RSE & PSHE

A stand-alone introductory lesson outlining RSE & PSHE as a subject and exploring how to create a successful learning environment for these lessons

Y1 Family and relationships

Exploring how families can be different, the characteristics and impact of positive friendships; learning that issues can be overcome, people show feelings differently and that stereotyping is unfair

Y1 Health and wellbeing

Exploring personal qualities, strategies to manage feelings, the impact of sleep and relaxation on wellbeing, the importance of hand washing and sun protection, identifying and dealing with allergic reactions, people in the community who keep us healthy

Y1 Safety and the changing body

Learning how to respond to adults in different situations; distinguishing appropriate and inappropriate physical contact; understanding what to do if lost and how to call the emergency services; identifying: hazards in the home and people in the community who keep us safe

Y1 Citizenship

Learning about: the importance of rules and consequences of not following them; caring for the needs of babies, young children and animals; exploring our similarities and differences and an introduction to democracy

Y1 Economic wellbeing

Learning about what money is and where it comes from, how to keep cash safe, the function of banks and building societies, spending and saving and some of jobs roles in schools

Y1 Transition lesson

Helping Year 1 pupils with the transition to a new year and the changes that come with it

Year 2

Y2 Introduction: Setting ground rules for RSE & PSHE lessons

A stand-alone introductory lesson outlining RSE & PSHE as a subject and exploring how to create a successful learning environment for these lessons

Y2 Families and relationships

Learning that families are composed of different people who offer each other care and support. Learning how other people show their feelings and how to respond to them. Looking at conventions of manners and developing an understanding of self-respect.

Y2 Health and wellbeing

Learning: about the benefits of exercise and relaxation on physical health and wellbeing; strategies to manage different emotions, setting goals and developing a growth mindset and understanding dental hygiene

Y2 Safety and the changing body

Lesson collection: Developing understanding of safety: roads, medicines and an introduction to online safety; distinguishing secrets from surprises; naming body parts and looking at the concept of privacy.

Y2 Citizenship

Lesson collection: learning about rules outside school; caring for the school and local environment; exploring the roles people have within the local community; learning how school council works; giving an opinion.

Y2 Economic wellbeing

Learning about where money comes from, how to look after money and why we use banks and building societies.

Year 2: Transition lesson

A lesson for Year 2 pupils to help them with their transition to Year 3, and the changes that may come with this move.


“The content and coverage provide reassurance to the teachers on covering difficult issues, and we can be sure that they meet statutory expectations.”

Caron Brown

“The planning was clear and helped staff who were perhaps a little nervous to teach this part of the curriculum. The resources provided were modern and sensitive, as well as being informative. We had been searching for while for informative and up-to-date resources to use alongside the delivery of the RSE curriculum and Kapow was the only programme that we felt met the children’s needs and our needs effectively.

The content of the video was informative and up-to-date to meets the needs of the children.”

Rhiannon Macdonald – Millfields Primary School

“The Kapow scheme has supported our school’s delivery in teaching pupils about puberty and sex education in a visual and age-appropriate way. The videos themselves are simple but informative and are supported by detailed lesson plans and resources. The Kapow scheme has supported our teachers’ brilliantly in developing both their subject knowledge and confidence when teaching the more sensitive areas of the RSE curriculum and has provided our subject leader with a fantastic basis upon which to develop a school-specific curriculum in this subject. Our pupils recognise the importance and value of learning RSE and Kapow has enabled us to do this in a way which meets their needs and answer their questions at an age-appropriate level.”

Lauren House

“We really like how the units develop and progress across the years to build on knowledge for the children. The videos are child appropriate, and we have had good feedback from parents when we have shared these with them. Parents feel informed from year group to year group as we share a termly update with them on coverage and vocabulary. Teachers feel confident as they are supported by the clear plans to teach.”

Mrs Nicky Metcalfe, The March CE Primary

I was able to watch the videos through with the children, and the diagrams were clearly presented and labelled, allowing me to stop the video to assess learning and field questions.”

Kerry Jones, St. Martin’s Preparatory School

“Detailed and clear.

Good quality resources that support our curriculum. Language used fits too.”

James Clay, Manston Primary School

Useful resources for teaching RSE and PSHE

Useful resources for teaching RSE and PSHE