Explicit opportunities to promote pupils' development in these are provided in religious education and the non-statutory framework for personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship.
A significant contribution is also made by school ethos, effective relationships throughout the school and collective worship.
Coaley Primary is proud of its Church of England School status and heritage. A daily act of worship is at the heart of our community, and these follow Christian principles, although sometimes stories and ideas from other cultures and backgrounds are introduced.
On several occasions throughout the year the school community worship together at St. Bartholomew’s, the local Church.
Religious Education is intended to help children in their search for meaning, purpose and value in life and to encourage fair minded enquiry towards the whole range of religious convictions. As a Church School, Christian principles are drawn out through the themes of caring, thought for others, the community, the natural world, honesty etc; as well as through the Bible, the Life of Jesus and the Festivals of the Christian Year. The school uses the Gloucestershire syllabus for RE. Our aim is to take children to the 'threshold of spirituality' from where they can go on to explore for themselves. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and are asked to contact the Head so that alternative provision may be made.
Health education takes place within other areas of the curriculum, for example science and P.E. Often specialists are invited to help deliver the health education program – for example a nutritionist might advise on healthy eating or a dentist on looking after our teeth.
Children in the oldest class receive an element of formal sex and relationship education. The subject is dealt with sensitively as a response to the children's questions. When such discussion arises pupils are encouraged to have regard for moral considerations and to the value of family life, and to view it as a natural step in each individual’s development. We offer our parents the opportunity to view the videos and other materials used prior to children seeing them and to discuss related issues with members of staff. The school’s Sex Education Policy is available for parents to view. Parents have the right to withdraw children from this aspect of their child’s education. Please enquire at the school office.