Life Skills at Carden (PHSE and RSE)

Curriculum Intent

At Carden Nursery and Primary School we recognise the importance of equipping our children with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their own lives now and in the future.  Our curriculum is designed to explicitly teach children about the importance of positive relationships and how to foster and maintain them, how to better understand and plan for our mental and physical welfare and to equip ourselves with a range of skills to support us both now and in the future.  We teach respect and support children to gain a positive sense of self, to value diversity and promote equality.  Our aim is to empower children; giving them the confidence to make positive, informed decisions about their own personal well-being.  Together we identify ways to support ourselves, our peers and work together to generate a collective understanding of what it means to be a responsible, proactive member of a community.

Our PSHE 'life skills' lessons are purposeful, interactive and inclusive; designed to teach the fundamental building blocks and characteristics which cultivate positive personal attributes and virtues in our students.  Learning is tailored to ensure all pupils are able to access the curriculum in a way pertinent to their individual needs and understanding.  Each child’s stage of development, level of understanding, protected characteristics and family circumstances are considered when planning to ensure an inclusive curriculum is provided to all.   

We underpin our taught curriculum in our daily practice through our whole school Core Values, Learning Journey skills, our weekly PSHE and celebration assemblies and our consistent expectation of respectful, considerate behaviour from staff and children alike. 

 Please click on the link below to see  our curriculum overview for each year group.  Key themes are built upon year on year, giving the children many opportunities to  revisit prior knowledge and understanding and to develop links across the different subject areas.  

Click here for:    Carden PSHE / RSE Curriculum Maps for all Year Groups  

Click here for:      PSHE / RSE Policy (Life Skills) 


Parental Support 


 Health and Mental Wellbeing including Online Safety 

If you would like to know more about supporting your child's or your own wellbeing, click the blue link below which will take you directly to our physical and mental wellbeing page.  There is a wealth of information, ideas, resources, service provider contact details and more around all aspects of health and wellbeing.   This page is regularly reviewed and updated so please do check in regularly to see what's new.  

Click here for: Health and Mental Wellbeing info for you and your child 

On-line safety and advice for parents 

The safer internet centre is a website that offers parents and carers advice and some useful resources to help support their child to learn how to keep themselves safe online.  The site provides ways to helps children make the internet a positive place by teaching them how to use it responsibly.

The NSPCC have a website that offers information about setting parental controls as well a wealth of advise about a range of online safety concerns.  It is also a great site for keeping up to date with the latest internet safety news.


Helps people affected by domestic abuse by offering practical solutions, shelter and support.   

Brighton, Hove and Sussex.


Allsorts Youth Project

Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Please click on the flyer below if you need to contact a member of the Primary Mental Health Team about your child's mental wellbeing. 

Primary Mental Health Team