At St Nicholas CE Primary Academy we believe that Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) should play a vital role in the life of our school family. Our vision statement from Matthew 5:14-16, "Let your light shine before others", is rooted in the premise of having 'good relationships' at its heart: with good relationships, all people are able to flouirsh and enjoy "life in all its fulness".
We believe fully in delivering a PSHE education that covers health and relationships in order to fully prepare every child for life's challenges and opportunities. We promote healthy, individual and responsible members of society and encourage all children to play a role in contributing to school life in a range of ways including through: fund raising, supporting charities , organising events and helping peers and others.
We facilitate children in expressing their opinions and by remaining open-minded, willing to consider new ideas.
Children will be taught the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults. Our teaching will enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who are well equipped for succeeding in their next phase of education.
Implementation - How does Goodness and Mercy approach RSHE?
Used in conjunction with the PSHE Association materials published by Twinkl, Goodness and Mercy offers an opportunity to ground the RSHE curriculum in an acknowledgment of the worth and dignity of all people, rooted in the Christian belief that all are divinely created and eternally loved. This offers an ethos that supports our sense of individual and communitarian value, affirms that relationships (including intimate relationships) should and can be life-giving and offers resounding reasons for looking after ourselves and others.
Does it fit with our school?
Goodness and Mercy is written particularly with Church of England and Methodist schools and academies in mind. For Church of England and Methodist schools it is important that RSHE is informed both by the national vision and values for education and by our school’s vision from Matthew 5: 14-16, "Let your light shine before others".
What is the Church’s ‘Vision for Education’?
'Goodness and Mercy' aims to fully support the Church of England vision for education: “I come that they may have life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). This scripture grounds us in the recognition that having a positive relationship with ourselves and with others is foundational for a complete and fulfilled life and in order to fulfil our vision of enabling all to flouirsh by "Letting their light shine".