Our SMSC curriculum will encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. We believe that children are all individuals and this will be promoted through discussion and encouragement of tolerance. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and to realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.

Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within the global community. It promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our relationships and sex education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.

When children leave Capel they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in society.


Pupils at Capel Primary School are taught using the ‘SCARF’ scheme of learning which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work. This learning takes place alongside our day to day classroom provision which supports children in knowing and valuing who they are and helps them to understand how they relate to other people. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. As a school we use the ‘zones of regulation’ as support for this in every classroom. We monitor every child’s wellbeing and involvement regularly using the ‘Leuven Scale’ and follow our wellbeing tier system, as found in our wellbeing policy.

PSHE is taught through SCARF’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time, at their own level.

Our topics are:

Autumn 1: Me and my relationships

Autumn 2: Valuing difference

Spring 1: Keeping safe

Spring 2: Rights and respect

Summer 1: Being my best

Summer 2: Growing and changing

Please see the PSHE progression map on the ‘Curriculum’ page on our school website to find out more about progression within these areas across the school.

It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values and ethos of the school.

At Capel, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education. For further information on our RSE curriculum please see below. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world that they live in and be prepared for modern life in Britain. The sex education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the SCARF programme of study.


By the time our children leave Capel they will:

  • Know tools and skills to support their own and other’s health and wellbeing
  • Be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • Recognise and apply British values
  • Appreciate difference and diversity
  • Be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • Be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • Understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • Have respect for themselves and others
  • Have a positive self-esteem
  • Be able to develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future