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Long Row Primary and Nursery School

Inspire, Respect, Belong


The importance of children's physical, emotional, social and mental health


PSHE is vital in a child's education. At Long Row, we aim to provide high quality PSHE through explicit lessons and 'in the moment' teaching and discussions as needs arise. Below, you will find lots of documents to provide you with information about what we're teaching and when. This includes: the PSHE unit cycles, the PSHE and RSE policies, unit overviews for the current unit being studied, Government and Long Row specific information on the statutory requirements of RSE, our RSE parent consultation results, a document on answering awkward questions, information on our lending library and our parent group. Plus, new activities to print off and do at home all around changes, emotions and relationships provided by the Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the NHS.


We hope you find this information useful and it answers most of your questions. If you have any questions or require further information about what your child will be learning, please contact their class teacher or the PSHE subject leader, Mrs North. Our school RSE, wellbeing and safeguarding governor is Emma Monkman. Please also look at: Staying safe online | Long Row Primary School where we have a huge range of advice for online safety, cyberbullying and guides and advice for all kinds of games and apps.


In January 2023, we achieved Derbyshire County Council's new BERT awards 'Building Effective Relationships Together.' We are currently looking at our next steps towards silver and gold!

Our Whole School Approach


The PSHE curriculum is based around the Derbyshire County Council’s ‘PSHE Matters’ framework and is implemented on a two year cycle A and B, with EYFS covering the same units each year with their new children.


This academic year 2023/2024 is cycle B.


We also include 'Special Days' to supplement the children's learning, including: Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Anti-Bullying Day and Internet Safety.



The units have been separated into half terms so each half term has a specific focus. 


The children are encouraged to engage in activities that promote an understanding of themselves as growing and changing individuals, and as members of a wider community, based on their own first-hand experiences. These activities also encourage pupils to understand how their choices and behaviours can affect others.


Our RSE curriculum runs through all our PSHE and our every-day school life. We teach specific elements throughout the units and we also ensure we are talking about child-on-child harassment, bullying, friendships and falling out and how to be safe and respectful in all areas of school subjects and discussions. 

Unit Overviews


Our PSHE unit for this half term is all about Being Responsible - linked to our school rules 'Safe' and 'Respectful' and a key unit for safeguarding children. Please click on the unit overviews below for the objectives and vocabulary being covered and some links to sites for children's activities and information. Included, are some useful links to supportive websites and a link to our Lending Library Book List. 




How it works

You or your child’s teacher may notice your child needs help with:

  • Behaviour

  • Social issues

  • Emotions

  • Anxiety or worries

  • Questions on puberty

  • Internet safety

  • Grief

  • Separation / divorce


We have started our collection of books, which aim to open up discussion with your child in a relaxed and informative way and/or give ideas and support. A synopsis of the books are available in the school office and online.


Teachers may offer a book or you can request one by speaking to your child’s teacher or the school office. The more books parents borrow; the more grant money we will receive to get more books for these and other categories.


Below is a link to the list and synopsis of books we have.


Parent Group


The Parent Group has a small number of parents across the year groups and meets to discuss how best to support parents in supporting their children. We have also discussed the information parents would like from school and this has developed our unit overviews.


The group will meet with Mrs North two - three times a year to:

  • Discuss PSHE and RSE

  • Help organise the parent lending library

  • Support the production of parent guidance

  • Put forward ideas and suggestions


We are always looking for new members to join our group. If you would like to join please contact us via email: putting 'Parent Support Group' in the subject box.

Please give:

-your child's name and class

-your name and email address


Looking forward to seeing more of you...

Mrs North

Guidance Documents and Links

Useful Websites:  - age-appropriate information, clear and accurate language, with many short videos that help explore various topics around puberty, body changes, periods, etc. - online resources including a range of free home-schooling lessons for different age ranges, to support parents to talk openly about bodies, body image and relationships. Subscribe to a free newsletter. - parents, carers and teachers can sign up to Brook Learn for free online modules on a range of RSE topics.


Autism and Puberty - The Place for Children with Autism - books on growing up for parents to share with children with learning disabilities

Visiting sites such as Family Lives is a good start point – there are lots of videos supporting various topics – you can access Parents TV through here as it splits it up into age ranges and topics for you. Click here to access the site: Family lives – Parent TV