Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

As we at Renishaw are a mainly Mono-Cultured Community it is essential that we do all that we can to promote an understanding of the wider world community in which our children are to become citizens in the future. With this in mind it is vital that all of the children at Renishaw Primary School leave us with the understanding to allow them to become effective, positive and happy members in a Modern British Society.

These elements are essential in allowing children to develop into first class citizens in our community

Religious Education & Collective Worship

We aim to provide a caring atmosphere in the school and encourage each child to become aware of him/herself as an individual and to understand the needs and feelings of others. A key aim is to uphold a thorough understanding of Christianity whilst developing an appreciation of other faiths.

The RE Curriculum in our school provides ways of promoting pupils’ moral, spiritual and cultural development. This is achieved through encouraging the consideration of others and developing pupils’ awareness of other people’s beliefs and actions. The school has adopted the Local Authority’s 2014 Religious Education Scheme of Work.

Alongside Christianity, first taught in Foundation Stage, children also have the opportunity to learn about Hinduism and Islam. Children experience this through stories, assemblies, class discussions, drama and visits to places of worship.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (P.S.H.C.E.)

We aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community in accordance with ‘Every Child Matters’ government guidelines. Our children are given opportunities in P.S.H.C.E. lessons to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

The P.S.H.C.E. curriculum is taught both discretely through the delivery of the S.E.A.L. (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) units of work and in a variety of other ways: through other subjects such as literacy or history, as part of RE, through ‘circle times’, science topics and outdoor educational visits and activities.

We have several initiatives in school to improve children’s self-esteem and confidence. One example of this is our Nurture Group which takes place four afternoons weekly.

We celebrate children’s achievements both inside and outside school, promote anti-bullying with our Y6 Ambassadors and have mini Play Leaders and peer mentors. The school invests into the Community Nursing Service to deliver other aspects of the PSHCE curriculum also comes into school to develop PSCHE skills.

During KS1 children begin to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and people. In KS2 children learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities.

Sex and Relationship Education

As a school, teaching Sex Education and Drug Education will be given through a caring, sensitive approach stressing the value of family life. Sessions are led by the Community School Nurse and aimed at pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Our children are given opportunities to consider and reflect the wide variety of different relationships they have with others. Aspects of sex education are taught in accordance with the government guidelines and despite not being part of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, our school staff, governors and parents believe this is still a vital part of children’s understanding at the Primary Level which delivered by our school nurse.