RSE and PSHE KS2 years 5 and 6

Further developing their understanding of families and relationships, pupils learn about stereotyping and conflict resolution. Learning to take greater responsibility for their physical and mental health and about puberty, including menstruation and about conception. Responsible digital citizenships is also explored further.

Useful resources for teaching RSE & PSHE


Units can be taught in any order but we recommend starting with the introductory lesson

Year 5

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

Y5 Families and relationships

Developing an understanding of families, including marriage and what to do if someone feels unsafe in their family; learning that dealing issues can strengthen a friendship; exploring the impact of bullying and what influences a bully’s behaviour; learning to appreciate our individual positive attributes.

Y5 Health and wellbeing

Learning to take greater responsibility for sleep, sun safety, healthy eating and managing feelings; setting goals and embracing failure; understanding the importance of rest and relaxation

Y5 Safety and the changing body

Exploring the emotional and physical changes of puberty, including menstruation; learning about online safety, influence, strategies to overcome potential dangers and how to administer first aid to someone who is bleeding.

Y5 Citizenship

An introduction to the justice system; how parliament works; and the role of pressure groups; learning about rights and responsibilities, the impact of energy on the planet and contributing to the community

Y5 Economic wellbeing

Developing understanding about income and expenditure, borrowing, risks with money and stereotypes in the workplace

Year 5: Transition lesson

Helping Year 5 pupils prepare for the transition to Year 6 and the opportunities and responsibilities this brings.

Year 6

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

Y6 Family and relationships

Learning: to resolve conflict, through negotiation and compromise; about respect, understanding that everyone deserves to be respected and about grief

Y6 Health and wellbeing

Learning about diet, oral hygiene, physical activity and the facts around immunisation. Exploring rest and relaxation and how they affect physical and mental health. Strategies for being resilient in challenging situations and planning for long-term goals

Y6 Safety and the changing body

Learning about: the reliability of online information, the changes experienced during puberty, how a baby is conceived and develops, the risks associated with alcohol and how to administer first aid to someone who is choking or unresponsive.

Y6 Citizenship

Learning about: human rights, food choices and the environment, caring for others, recognising discrimination, valuing diversity and national democracy

Y6 Economic wellbeing

Exploring: attitudes to money, how to keep money safe, career paths and the variety of different jobs available

Y6 Identity

Two lessons on the theme of personal identity and body image

Year 6: Transition lesson

Helping pupils prepare for the transition to secondary school, including exploring any worries or anxieties they may have


“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