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‘I HAVE COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL’ – (Jn.10.10)
We are involved in Relationship, Sex and Education (RSE) precisely because of our Christian beliefs about God and about the human person. The belief in the unique dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in a Catholic school. Our approach to RSE therefore is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian ideals.
At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity; Father, Son and Spirit in communion, united in loving relationship and embracing all people and all creation. As a consequence of the Christian belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, gender and sexuality are seen as God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty, and share in the divine creativity. RSE, therefore, will be placed firmly within the context of relationship as it is there that sexuality grows and develops.
Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DFE (and the Welsh Assembly Government) RSE will be firmly embedded in the PSHE/RSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils. It is centred on Christ’s vision of being human as good news and will be positive and prudent, showing the potential for development, while enabling the dangers and risks involved to be understood and appreciated.
All Relationship, Sex and Health Education RSHE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching. It will emphasise the central importance of marriage and the family whilst acknowledging that all pupils have a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever household they come from. It will also prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide a suitable programme that follows the statutory need to include RSHE into their curriculum from September 2021 which meets the ethos of its Catholic identity and mission.
The purpose of this Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) policy is to set out the ways in which the school’s provision supports pupils through their spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life growing up in today’s world.
Our School’s mission embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people, and through an agreed approach to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) using the Archdiocesan recommended resource ‘Journey In’ Love 2020 we believe that we can promote the development of the whole child, so that children can grow in virtue, wisdom and stature, understanding both the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing spiritually, as well as moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life.
The other aspects of the Statutory curriculum intent will be met by carefully following a mix of strategies to ensure that the children in St Anne’s Catholic Primary School receive an RSHE curriculum that is tailored towards their needs. (See Appendix 7)
The aims of Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School are to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.
- Help pupils develop feelings of dignity, self-worth, self-respect, confidence and empathy.
- Prepare pupils for puberty and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
From September 2020, all primary schools in England are required to teach relationship education.
At St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, all of our lessons are taken from Journey in Love the approved Catholic Scheme (which fulfils the government guidelines). These are core lessons that are taught age appropriately to our pupils. For sex education lessons, we focus on some of the changes the human body experiences, which is cross-curricular to the Science curriculum. This will prepare and support children as they develop through their education and be well equipped for further RSE lessons as they progress through their education. Our priority as a school, is to ensure that through the teaching of the RSE curriculum, our pupils know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. However, we would ask families to speak to the headteacher before making this decision.
Protected Characteristics – Equalities Act
It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people. These will not be taught in every year group. Children should be able to demonstrate an understanding that we respect those who have protected characteristics.
The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as:
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
- marriage or civil partnership
At St. Anne’s, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
Jigsaw Curriculum Mapping
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Overview Map [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 01 – BM [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 02 – CD [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 03 – DG [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 04 – HM [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 05 – RL [PDF]
Download: Jigsaw RSHE – Puzzle Map 06 – CM [PDF]