Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay





We believe that our children must feel safe and happy in order to learn and achieve. Our PSHE Curriculum is designed to allow our children to develop the knowledge and skills they need to live confidently in an ever-changing world. It is tailored to meet the current and future needs of our youngest citizens, carefully considers our surroundings and is shaped around our Christian ethos. 


From the moment our children come through the doors in reception, that are given experiences that:

  • Allow them to acquire knowledge and skills to live happy, healthy and safe lives, in an ever-changing world
  • Equip them to play active, positive and successful parts in today’s diverse society.   
  • Enable them to critically and better understand the world around them
  • Encourage them to manage moral, social and cultural issues respectfully and empathetically.
  • Realise the importance of British Values. 
  • Ensure they have the confidence to develop positive relationships now and in the future. 
  • Excite them into having high aspirations, self-belief and the realisation that anything is possible.


Our curriculum is guided by the following academic finger prints.

Children will:

  • Approach and manage a range of real life situations safely, confidently and respectfully.
  • Discuss and express their ideas and opinions about relevant and topical issues.
  • Appreciate and celebrate differences and diversity in society.
  • Manage their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Develop positive, healthy relationships with themselves and others.
  • Have respect and tolerance for themselves and others.
  • Understand the physical, social and emotional aspects of RSE at an age appropriate level


How PSHE and RSE are taught:

  • Through an effective and progressive PSHE Curriculum that allows pupils to develop our children into the 'whole child' physically, socially and emotionally. They develop knowledge and understanding about themselves, others and the wider community, as they progress from EYFS to Year 6. These areas include: relationships, feelings, safety, online safety and physical and mental health. 
  • In EYFS, PSHE is taught through the PSED curriculum: Building Relationships, Managing Self and Self-Regulation. Children are supported through their play by highly skilled adults who intervene and support children to resolve problems, care for one another and manage their risks. Discrete lessons also take place in response to the children's needs. 
  • In Year 1 to Year 6, lessons will be delivered during weekly 30 minute sessions, that begin with an exciting stimulus to generate thoughts, discussions and questions. All children are encouraged to participate and 
  • Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions will be used in all classes to provide pupils with the opportunity to critically discuss and debate topical issues, in a safe yet thought-provoking environment.
  • Daily mindfulness, linked to the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', to allow children to regulate, check in with an adult and prepare for the day.
  • RSE is taught to Year 5 and Year 6 in the Summer Term.


To read our 'Nurture at Knayton'  booklet click here 


To view our RSE & PSHE Policy please click here

Please click here for our knowledge and skills progression documents for PSHE / RSE:




Here's what our children say:

"PSHE helps me to make better choices"

"I know that I need to work hard at school to reach my full potential."

"We get to learn about our feelings and how we can make other people feel. Knowing this makes me a better person."

"I can talk to my teachers and friends about my worries."

"Mindfulness time makes me feel calm and sets me up for a positive day."