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Great Kimble Church of England School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


SMSC, Learning for Life and RSE

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Emotional Development) and British Values

Please see the document below which details our SMSC provision.


At Great Kimble we ensure that Learning for Life (PSHE), alongside our Christian Values (Respect, Thankfulness, Endurance, Forgiveness, Love and Hope), creates the backbone to the whole curriculum. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of responsibility by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We provide a programme of study which helps develop our children’s health and wellbeing, relationships and their ability to make positive contributions to the wider world. The aim of our PSHE is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society, who understand how they are developing personally and socially. It will give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social, spiritual and cultural issues that are part of growing up and are essential for all stages of their lives.  We recognise the importance of developing awareness of mental wellbeing and empathy across the school and in their community.  We develop our children’s emotional intelligence and the ability to articulate their feelings in order to maintain good mental health as well as understanding the importance of their physical health and being healthy. At Great Kimble we promote a growth mindset strategy which enables our children to become resilient, flexible learners who develop a love for knowledge and a positive attitude towards the future. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community, now and throughout their lives.



At Great Kimble School our Learning for Life programme of study is based upon the Kapow Schemes of Learning. At GKS we refer to PSHE as 'Learning for Life'. The Kapow Primary scheme is a whole school approach that consists of three areas of learning in EYFS: Reception (to match the EYFS Personal, social and emotional development prime area) and five areas of learning across Key stages 1 and 2. 

EYFS (Reception)

  • Self-regulation
  • Building relationships
  • Managing self

Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 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. The lessons also provide a progressive programme. The lessons are based upon the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health education, but where our lessons go beyond these requirements (primarily in the Citizenship and Economic wellbeing areas) they refer to the PSHE Association Programme of Study which is recommended by the DfE.

A range of teaching and learning activities are used and are based on good practice in teaching RSE/PSHE education to ensure that all children can access learning and make progress. In key stage 1 and 2, there is an introductory lesson at the start of each year group which provides the opportunity for children and teachers to negotiate ground rules for the lessons. These introductory lessons can then be referred to throughout the year to help create a safe environment. All lessons include ideas for differentiation to stretch the most able learners and give additional support to those who need it. Many lessons, stories, scenarios, and video clips provide the opportunity for children to engage in real life and current topics in a safe and structured way. Role-play activities are also included to help children play out scenarios that they may find themselves in. There are meaningful opportunities for cross-curricular learning, in particular with Computing for online safety and Science for growing, nutrition, teeth, diet and lifestyle. The scheme provides consistent messages throughout the age ranges including how and where to access help.


Each lesson within Kapow Primary’s scheme features assessment guidance, helping teachers to identify whether pupils have met, exceeded, or failed to meet the desired learning intentions for that lesson. Each unit of lessons comes with an Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. The quiz contains 10 questions, nine of which are multiple-choice and can be used either at the end of the unit or at both the start and the end to help measure progress and identify any gaps in learning. The Knowledge catchers list some of the lesson titles in mind-map or table format and can be used at the start of a unit to see what the children already know and to inform planning, and then pupils can revisit the same version of the Knowledge catcher at the end of the unit to add what else they now know, further demonstrating their progression in learning. Once taught the full scheme, children will have met the objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance and can 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.




RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

The new curriculum includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).  Although the Relationship Education is now statutory, aspects of the Sex Education remain non-statutory. These lessons will be delivered sensitively and professionally, with the view to splitting boys and girls into separate groups once children reach Years 5 and 6.

We will write to you and inform you of what will be taught during these sessions for each year group. Parents will not be able to withdraw their children from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education. Parents will be able to withdraw their children from any aspects of Sex Education other than those which are part of the Science Curriculum.

If you wish to withdraw your child from these sessions (If it is not within the Relationships or Science Curriculum) You must give a written request to the Head Teacher. Information on this can be found in the RSE Policy


We aim to deliver a set of three RSE (Sex Education) lessons within the Spring or Summer Term. A letter will be sent home with details of what each set of lessons for your child’s year will look like. The RSE Parent Information Evening slides along with the RSE Policy and an overview of the RSE lessons can be found under the RSE part of the curriculum on the school website.


RSE Schemes of Work

The following documents give you information on the overview for each year group. These will give you clarity over what is covered in each year group, more information on specific lessons and vocabulary will be sent out before the lessons are delivered.