St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Relationships and Sex Education

 

The school's current primary RE/PSHE scheme for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is approved by the Diocese of Clifton and is called  “A Journey in Love”. It is taught throughout the school during the second half of the summer term. Each year group is taught at an appropriate level for understanding, and the whole theme is based on God’s love for us and the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God.

There are five areas included in our approach to teaching children about relationships and sex education. These aspects have specific relevance to children's development and growth through the following areas:

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • intellectual
  • spiritual

Many of the aspects are already within our RE curriculum, and all our themes include activities, reflections and prayers aimed at developing the children's understanding of relationships through these five areas.

 

The following outlines what each of our year groups will be covering through their RSE Curriculum. Parents are advised to visit class pages to view on line lessons for their child.

 

Reception – God loves each of us in our uniqueness

Children know and understand that God has made them unique and that although we are all different, we are all special to Him.

 

 

Year 1 – We meet God’s love in our family

Children know and understand that they are growing and developing as members of their own family and God’s family

 

 

Year 2 – We meet God’s love in the community

Children know and understand that they are growing and developing in a Godgiven community.

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Year 3 – How we live in love

Children know and understand the virtues essential to friendship, eg loyalty, responsibility…and experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven, and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.

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Year 4 – God loves us in our differences

Children know and understand that they are all different and celebrate these differences as they appreciate that God’s love accepts us as we are and as we change.

 

 

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Year 5 – God loves me in my changing and development

Children know and become aware of the physical and emotional changes that accompany puberty – sensitivity, mood swings, anger, boredom, etc. and grow further in their understanding of God’s presence in their daily lives.

 

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Year 6 – The wonder of God’s love in creating new life
 

Children develop, in an appropriate way for their age, an understanding of sexuality and grow further in their appreciation of their dignity and worth as children of God.