In Reception the children learn God loving each of us in our uniqueness. The children will know and understand that God has made them unique and that although we are all different, we are special to him.
In Year One the children learn about meeting God’s love in our family. The children know and understand that they are growing and developing as members of their own family and God’s family.
In Year Two the children learn about meeting God’s love in the community. The children will know and understand that they are growing and developing in a God-given community.
In Year Three the children learn about how we live in love. The children will know and understand the virtues essential to friendship e.g. loyalty, responsibility etc. and experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.
In Year 4 the children learn about how God loves us in our differences. The children will 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.
In Year Five the children learn about God loving them in their changing and development. The children will 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.
In Year Six the children learn about the wonder of God’s love in creating new life. The 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.
As parents you are the first educators of your children. It is your right and responsibility to inform and educate your children in matters relating to human growth and development, particularly sexual development. Therefore, as a school we will always seek to work in partnership with you and the teaching offered by us as a school should complement and not replace your primary role. The Church has a special duty and right to educate as part of its mission, and a Catholic school is the principal means by which it assists you as parents in your duties.
During the Pentecost Term of Year 5 the first phase of the programme will be delivered. This focuses upon body changes in puberty, boy’s changes, menstruation, health and hygiene and ‘what kind of person do I want to be?’
Parents continue to have the right to withdraw their children from Sex Education except in those elements which are required by the National Curriculum science orders. Should parents wish to withdraw their children they are asked to notify the school by contacting the Headteacher. The school will provide support by providing material for parents to help the children with their learning.
Journey in Love accompanying resources are available in school if you would like to discuss them
A Journey in Love Guide for Parents
RSHE Parent Pocket Guide
RSE Primary Leaflet for Parents