Personal Health, Social and Environmental Education

Although PSHE is no longer part of the national curriculum for primary schools we believe that a continuing focus is vital so in all aspects of school life we aim to promote the personal and social development of the children.

We aim to give the children a basic knowledge and understanding of health matters both as they affect themselves and as they affect others.

Sex Education

The Governors of Nonington C.E. Primary School believe that sex education should:-

  • Be an integral part of the learning process that begins in childhood and continues into adult life.
  • Be for all children, regardless of special needs relating to physical, learning or emotional difficulties;
  • Encourage the exploration of Christian values and moral issues so that children will develop the ability to make informed and responsible decisions;
  • Foster self-esteem, self-awareness, a sense of moral responsibility and respect for, and understanding of, the Christian principles of family life;
  • Provide a suitable vocabulary for discussing sexual matters and to enable this discussion to take place without embarrassment in an individual, group or class situation.

The school will provide relevant and appropriate sex education in science lessons, with due regard to the emotional and physical development and maturity of the children.  For younger children the settings will primarily be of an informal nature in group or class discussion as the occasion arises. Formal aspects will be covered as appropriate by material from either the National Curriculum or Health Education requirements or recommendations.  Specific sex education is provided for Year 6 children and is set firmly in the context of section (c) and (d) above. Specific information about physical development, particularly menstruation, is provided by the school nurse. It is expected that the children will take part in the on-going sex education which the school provides. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the activities relating specifically to sex education.

Multicultural Education
We believe it is essential that children should develop an understanding of a variety of cultures. We aim to help children grow into people who respect and care for all people.

Environmental Education
We aim to develop our pupils interest in the environment. Through various curriculum areas we introduce pupils to plants and animals and their habitats. Pupils use their immediate area to learn about the environment. They learn about the difficult decisions behind the development of land and are encouraged to think carefully about the problems of pollution and the use of resources.