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All the pupils in the DBCPS community, including SEN and disadvantaged pupils, will participate and learn the following concepts and themes through their journey here.

They will study different PSHE topics throughout their time at DBCPS that will build on previous learning, help them in the future and always engage and excite their learning in the present.

At DBCPS we aim:

  1. To develop all children’s ability to become active citizens, responsibly participating in the diverse society around them.
  2. To teach all children to understand how to stay safe and healthy and to build and maintain healthy relationships.

We do this through the following key concepts:

  1. Well being
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world

Our curriculum teaches key PSHE skills including:

  1. Understanding their own well-being needs and being able to articulate their thoughts and feelings.
  2. Building their confidence and ability to be resilient in a variety of different environments.
  3. Building the children’s ability to understand that people may hold a different viewpoint from their own and learning to be tolerant of this and develop mutual respect for each other.
  4. Developing compassionate skills to enable pupils to empathise with citizens within and beyond their direct community.


In every year group across the school, we teach PSHE weekly. This means that skills and knowledge are regularly practised which builds fluency.


In EYFS we teach children to communicate their feelings and be aware of the feelings of others. We help them to understand that their actions have impact on others. We emphasise the importance of taking turns, asking questions and listening to the answers and learning that the answers may differ from their own experiences. We teach the children how to stay safe in school and in their community and to tell an adult if they are worried about anything. Children learn about their bodies; the importance of healthy eating and that humans and animals grow and change.

In Year 1 we teach children the importance of teamwork and to be able to work together to solve problems. We focus on the importance of building a positive self-esteem, being able to express their emotions, reflect on their choices and self-regulate their behaviour. They are encouraged to explore aiming high in relation to aspirations and developing resilience and a growth mindset. We help them to understand British values, exploring neighbourhoods and communities and respecting their diversity. They explore the role of money in the wider world including saving and spending and the importance of keeping it safe. Children learn about their bodies and the importance of looking after it and keeping themselves safe including the NSPCC pants rule. They learn the importance of healthy lifestyles and making healthy choices.

In Year 2 we teach children about the importance of positive relationships with friends and family in our VIP unit. In Growing Up we learn how we grow and change including how to keep our bodies safe by revisiting the “pants rule” and naming the body parts covered by these. We also explore wider safety including how to stay safe whilst online and people who can help us. In think positive we explore emotions and the importance of our own and others well-being. One World teaches about Global Citizenship the similarities and differences with other cultures and caring for the environment. It also explores how we can ensure our rights and the rights of others are met.

In Year 3 we consolidate children’s knowledge of teamwork, getting on well with others and help them develop skills such as conflict resolution and compromise. Children are taught the skills of resilience and growth mindset and how to aim high for their careers, personal goals and aspirations. Pupils’ knowledge of living in a wider world is deepened by learning about the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. They learn about the impact of sleep, exercise and healthy eating upon their body and how the choices they make can affect their bodies positively and negatively. We teach children the importance of money and the advertising techniques and strategies that are used in wider society to help them have healthy relationships with their future finances. In Be Yourself we help children to recognise and express their feelings, teaching them how to be assertive but also how to make amends.

In Year 4 we teach friendships and relationships including making friends, falling out and bullying.  In Growing Up we teach the children how girls and boys bodies change as they approach puberty.  We teach the children the importance of having a positive growth mindset, being resilience and understanding self-care.  They extend their knowledge of online safety, road safety, the risk of dares as well as learning how to assess dangers and knowing when to seek help.  In Respecting Rights, we explore global citizenship topics including human rights, inequality, climate change, sustainability and charity.

In Year 5 we extend our understanding of the importance of Team work and our responsibilities towards others. We explore the importance of Aiming High and setting goals with equal opportunities being key to this. We find out more about the changes to our bodies during puberty and the importance of personal hygiene, healthy choices and having a positive body image. Our knowledge of our place in the wider world is extended through exploring Local and National Government and learning how to make a positive contribution to this. We think about understanding the value of money in the world, budgeting and being critical consumers.

In Year 6 we teach how to recognise healthy relationships covering kindness, conflict, peer pressure as well as how to manage secrets and dares.  We also teach in more detail the parts of the body, human reproduction, puberty, body image and emotional changes. We teach the children about mindfulness and how a growth mindset develops a positive attitude, resilience and self-regulation.  We re-explore online safety in greater depth including behaving responsibly, assessing risk and what to do in an emergency.  In One World we teach human rights, climate change, water conservation, biodiversity and protecting the environment. We also cover how being rights respecting people protects human rights around the world.