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PSHE - Personal, social and health education.

RSE - Relationship and sex education

At St. Nicholas we help children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.  

For both our PSHE and RSE, we follow the Church of England's Goodness and Mercy programme of learning and supplement this with activities from other sources. 

At St Nicholas CE VA Primary School we teach…


  • New Beginnings

  • Getting on and falling out

  • Goals

  • Good to be me

  • Relationships

  • Changes

Key Stage 1 

  • Relationships – families, friendship, bullying

  • Goals

  • Our wonderful bodies – how we love and care for ourselves

  • E-safety

  • Talking about our feelings

  • Changes


Lower KS2

  • Relationships – friendships, getting on and falling out, bullying

  • Goals

  • My body worth keeping safe – how we love and care for ourselves

  • E-safety

  • Talking about feelings

  • Changes

Upper KS2

  • Relationships – families, getting on and falling out, bullying, marriage

  • Goals

  • Making boundaries

  • Managing your feelings – mental health

  • Looking after your body – drugs and alcohol

  • Puberty

  • Year 6 only - Sex Education –  intercourse, making babies

We also have a trained ELSA( Emotional Learning Support Assistant) Mrs Corbett , who supports children to both recognise and manage their emotions .

We are acutely aware of the importance of teaching the children how to look after their own mental health.  Each class has a daily mindfulness session where we use various resources to give the children opportunity to 'take time out' and learn new ways to this. Ash class have been trialling Stormbreaks which combines movement and mindfulness focussing on resilience, hope and optimism, relationships, self-care and self-worth.  We hope to roll this out across the school next year.