Sex and Relationship Education
We recognise that it is the privilege of parents to inform and educate their children in all matters concerning sexual development. We also recognise that parents need the support of the Catholic community in this sensitive task.
At school we teach the facts of human development in accordance with the age of the children, the demands of the National Curriculum and in light of Christ's teaching on love, marriage and the sanctity of life. To teach this aspect of the curriculum the school follows the Journey in Love programme.
We provide a context in which respectful, warm relationships are fostered between staff and pupils so that children's attitudes are strengthened by their experiences of life in school.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education provided - but not from teaching the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that is necessary under National Curriculum science.
Nursery - Wonder at God's Love
Children begin to know and understand that they are part of the wonder of God’s love and creation.
- We are part of God’s love and creation
- The wonder of God’s world
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.
- We are all unique
- Jesus is our friend
Year One - 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.
- My family
- Babies change and grow
- Happy & sad times
- We are members of God’s family
Year Two - We meet God’s love in the community
Children know and understand that they are growing and developing in a God-given community.
- The importance of communities
- Communities we belong to
- Happy & sad times in the community
- We are children of God
Year Three - How we live in love
Children know and understand the virtues essential to friendship, e.g. loyalty, responsibility. They experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.
- People who look after me
- How I keep myself safe
- How I can be a supportive friend
- Difference between being alone and being lonely
- Jesus is a friend to everyone
Year Four - 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.
- We celebrate our differences
- The development of the baby in the womb
- Accepting and celebrating who I am
- Appreciating my own gifts and those of others
- Understanding feelings
- St Paul’s teaching on love
Year Five - 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. They grow further in their understanding of God’s presence in their daily lives.
- Liking yourself and friendships
- Physical changes in boys and girls in puberty
- Menstruation and menstrual cycle
- Keeping clean and looking after ourselves
- Our bodies are the work of God
- Coping with difficulties in life
- Spiritual growth – the wonder of change
Year Six - 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.
- Physical and emotional changes in boys & girls at puberty.
- Male & female reproductive system
- Menstruation and menstrual cycle
- How human life is conceived
- Personal behaviour in a range of situations
- Responsibility, self-confidence and life skills
- God’s creative love