Story themes Story themes and target year groups at a glance

The stories and lesson plans in The Curiosity Library have been created to bring the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum to life in a fun and original way.

Below is a quick overview of the topics we cover, to assist teaching staff with planning for each year group and help your understanding of how The Curiosity Library can be used to enhance children’s PSHE knowledge and learning.

Browse our story themes

Wellbeing

Squashing the worry monster

KS2. The story helps kids recognise when they’re feeling down and suggests ways of doing something about it. Good behaviours to instil and take into adulthood

  • recognising and dealing with anxiety
  • sharing our worries with someone we trust
  • wellbeing
  • healthy body and mind
  • understanding emotions

I really hate spaghetti

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2. Starting to take responsibility for our own physical health and what we eat inc. recommended daily balance across the 5 food groups.

  • healthy eating
  • food types
  • nutrition
  • trying new things
  • wellbeing

The art of sleeping

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2. Starting to take responsibility for our own physical health - the importance of getting good sleep as a part of our wellbeing

  • the benefits of good sleep
  • healthy body and mind
  • mental wellbeing
  • exercise
  • rest
  • healing

Dentists - they're demons, you know

Works very well with KS1 and KS2.

  • dental health
  • dental hygiene
  • overcoming anxiety
  • wellbeing

We sometimes have to say goodbye

Written to help kids going through loss. Deliberately non-specific about the type of loss. Designed to help individuals / small groups within the KS1 and KS2 range at teacher’s discretion.

  • dealing with loss
  • saying goodbye
  • missing someone
  • grief
  • resilience
  • positivity
  • understanding emotions
  • relationships

Bullying and Respect

As easy as ABC - Luna's story

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2. Consistent messaging about bullying, how to tackle it, teaching the school’s charter/rules/values.

  • bullying
  • friendships
  • relationships
  • recognising and dealing with unkind behaviour
  • respect
  • resilience
  • resisting pressure from others

As easy as ABC - Martin's story

KS2. Only to be read after ‘As easy as ABC, Luna’s story’. It’s the same story, but through the eyes of the bully. Designed to shift kids to a position of empathy. Older readers

  • bullying
  • friendships
  • relationships
  • recognising and dealing with unkind behaviour
  • being respectful
  • resilience
  • compassion
  • empathy

Numeracy

The wonderful thing about numbers

KS2. Giving kids a sense of just how valuable numbers are, and how much we will need them throughout our lives.

  • numeracy
  • numbers
  • maths
  • shapes
  • sizes
  • counting
  • comparing
  • estimating
  • life skills
  • financial literacy

It's ok to be different

Fender and Fang's fabulous family

KS2. Focusing on our differences, different family set-ups, racism. The vocabulary in this story is more challenging.

  • we are all different but have similarities too
  • families
  • love
  • support
  • respect
  • discrimination and stereotyping
  • understanding others

Fang and the changing seasons

  • changing (feelings / emotions / physically)
  • we are all different but have similarities too
  • self- confidence
  • resilience
  • self-image
  • emotional awareness
  • being your true self
  • respect

Finding Fang

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 (e.g. introducing the idea that we are all different and that’s wonderful) and KS2 (e.g. a lesson focusing on racism).

  • we are all different but have similarities too
  • self-confidence
  • self-image
  • courage
  • celebrating things you're good at
  • respect

Fender and Fang - What's in the box?

KS2. Written as a result of seeing so many news stories about desperate people risking their lives to reach the UK. How do you frame that news for kids?

  • refugees
  • human rights
  • asylum
  • people trafficking

Online safety

Mo's birthday present

KS1 and KS2 online safety. The scenarios that arise (e.g. online gaming and chat with friends, or using the internet safely) are typical for primary school kids.

  • online safety
  • kindness
  • respect
  • awareness of internet risks
  • sharing concerns with people we trust

Two Tubes of Toothpaste - Mo's big mistake

KS2. Part of the (spiral / revisited regularly) ‘online safety’ curriculum.

  • the impact of spreading rumours
  • how behaviour impacts ourselves and others
  • gossip
  • respect
  • truth
  • online safety

Think before you post - Ella's story

KS2 - written for a Year 6 audience, preparing for secondary school (and mobile phone ownership / social media use). The story’s main character, Ella, is about 13.

  • staying safe online
  • stranger danger
  • online friendships
  • being kind
  • recognising and being aware of internet risks
  • digital wellbeing

Coronavirus

Rona the virus

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2. Reinforces the behaviours we are all being advised to continue during the pandemic, to keep each other safe.

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • staying safe
  • optimism
  • positive and considerate behaviour

The year when the big virus hit

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2. Reinforces good behaviours and enables teaching about vaccines and immunisations.

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • medicines and immunisations
  • staying safe
  • optimism
  • positive and considerate behaviour

A short rude poem about wearing masks

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • staying safe
  • optimism
  • positive and considerate behaviour

The way we wash our hands these days

Appropriate for all year groups across KS1 and KS2 as part of a 'coronavirus pack / lesson' Reinforces the importance of hand washing as a means by which to keep each other safe.

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • staying safe
  • optimism
  • positive and considerate behaviour