Leigh Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

‘Live And Learn With Jesus’

Windermere Road, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1UX

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RSE Policy

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh

 

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

(RSE Policy)

 Live and Learn with Jesus.

 

We follow Jesus through fairness, kindness, love, friendship and happiness.

 

 

 

Rationale

I have come that you might have life and have it to the full’

(Jn.10.10))

 

We acknowledge that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship, as well as Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), are all underpinned by a theology of relationship and are all encompassed in the title ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ (RSE).

 

Our belief in the unique dignity of the human person as made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in our school. Our approach to relationship and sex education therefore is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person and is presented positively and prudently.

 

Stemming from this vision of what it means to be human, we seek to educate the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically towards our understanding of Christian maturity.

 

Following guidance from our own Bishop and Diocese, the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DFE, all relationship and sex education in our school will be firmly embedded in the Religious Education framework as it is concerned primarily with nurturing the human wholeness of our pupils.

 

All relationship and sex education 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 and support will be provided to help pupils deal with different sets of values.

  

Aims of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

 

  • To encourage pupils’ growth in self-respect, acknowledging we are all created in the image and likeness of God

 

  • To help pupils develop an understanding that love is the central basis of relationships

 

  • To help pupils to understand the nature of relationships and to encourage them to reflect on their own relationships and respect differences between people.

 

  • To develop pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.

 

  • To help pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.

 

  • To help pupils acquire the skills necessary to develop and sustain relationships

 

  • To offer sex education in the wider context of relationships.

 

  • To ensure that pupils protect themselves and ask for help and support when needed.

 

  • To ensure that pupils are prepared for puberty.

 

  • To help pupils to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle.
  • To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens and to understand the Catholic vision of what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom/reign of God.

  

Delivery of RSE

 

RSE is taught through our life style in school and through the subjects of Religious Education, Science and by way of a cross-curricular, integrated approach.

 

All elements of PSHE and Citizenship, whilst non-statutory at Key Stage 1 and 2, are covered. Significant aspects of sex and relationship education remain part of the National Curriculum for Science.  These will be taught to all pupils. (Parents are unable to withdraw pupils from such lessons.)

 

 Key Stage 1 (5-7)

 

  • That humans move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce;
  • To name the main external parts of the body;
  • That humans grow from babies into children and then into adults, and that adults can produce babies;
  • To recognise similarities and differences between themselves and other pupils

             

 Key Stage 2 (7 – 11)

 

  • That the life processes common to humans and all animals include nutrition, growth and reproduction
  • The main stages of the human life cycle.

 

We acknowledge that every area of school life can potentially contribute to RSE as the school, of its very nature operates through positive human relationships. We recognise value and greatly appreciate the contribution made by all members of staff in deepening the quality of our Christian community.

 

Teachers will use their professional judgement when addressing issues in RSE. Careful consideration will be given to the wide and varied experience and backgrounds of the pupils in their care.

 

While we operate a whole school approach to Relationship and Sex education through our RSE Programme, pupils in Year 5 will learn about the emotional and the physical changes of puberty.   For this particular part of the curriculum, children will be taught together. A similar approach will operate in the autumn term in Year 6.  

 

Resources

We acknowledge that parents and carers are the key persons for children learning about relationships and sex; the foremost educators. Our role and our programme simply complement their role in nurturing their children’s human wholeness. However, the role of parents and our day to day interactions in school are currently supported by the following curriculum resource: ‘A Journey in Love’.

  

Assessment Recording and Reporting

A record is kept in teacher’s planning of the delivery of RSE. The programme is assessed, monitored and evaluated by the co-ordinator in accordance with the school’s monitoring and evaluation policy.  Pupils are given the opportunity for self-evaluation at an appropriate level for each year group. Reporting is made in individual pupil’s reports.

 

Outside Agencies

The expertise of outside agencies will be used appropriately to support but not at the expense of the school’s delivery.  The school is particularly thankful of the help available from local diocesan agencies and charities such as Nugent Care.

 

Curriculum Continuity

The school has an ongoing dialogue with the PSHE Co-ordinator of Leigh Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School; RSE, RE, Spiritual, Moral and PSHE policies complement each other as appropriate.

 

Safeguarding Procedures

The school has procedures to deal with any sensitive issues or children thought to be vulnerable. Staff will pass on any concerns of this nature to the designated child protection officer in school.

 

The Governing Body

The Governing body and Foundation Governors in particular recognise their responsibility to ensure the RSE programme follows Diocesan principles and reflects the Church’s teaching

 

The role of Parents

The Church has always recognised that it is the privilege and the responsibility of parents to educate and inform their children in all matters pertaining to personal growth and development particularly in the sensitive area of their moral education and sexual development. The Church also recognises that many parents require help and support in this task from both schools and parishes.

  

The Governing body fully subscribes to the views expressed by the Bishops’ Conference and will always ensure that:

 

  • Parents are supported in their task.
  • Parents are consulted and kept informed of the RSE Programme; its contents, evaluation and review and any subsequent developments.

 

Right of Withdrawal

 

It is our hope that parents would wish their children to be involved in the schools positive and prudent programme of relationship and sex education, following annual consultation regarding the school’s approach. However, we recognise parents have the right to withdraw their children from such lessons (not included in National Curriculum Science) after discussion with the headteacher.

 

Monitoring and Review

 

This policy will be monitored annually by the RSE Co-ordinator and will be reviewed annually by the Governing Body.  Parents will be consulted before any proposed changes.

EARLY YEARS

Ongoing PSHE

-Appreciative of blessings

-Be grateful to others and to God

-Be patient when they do not always get what they want

-We all have individual gifts, talents and abilities

-How to maintain personal hygiene

-We should be friendly and able to make and keep friends; we should be caring and attentive to the needs of others and generous; we should be respectful of others, their uniqueness, their wants and their needs; we should be forgiving and not hold grudges against those who hurt us; we should use our manners and be honest

-We need to be just and fair in our treatment of other people – locally, nationally and globally

-Be active in their commitment to bring about change

Theme

Year Group Topic

Come and See Links

RSE

MYSELF

God knows and loves each one

 

Each one’s name is important

I am special and have a special name

I have a family name

Everyone is precious to God

*We are all made by God and are special

 

WELCOME

Baptism a  welcome to God’s family

How we are made to feel welcome

How do we show others that they are welcomed

How is a baby welcomed into a family

*We are all God’s children

 

BIRTHDAY

Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday

 

Why do we celebrate birthdays

What a birthday is

What people do while they wait for a birthday

Some of the ways  birthdays are celebrated

*The names of the external parts of the body

 

*We are part of God’s family

CELEBRATING

People celebrate in church

Why is celebrating important

What is good about celebrating together

What a celebration is

Different elements of celebration

Different ways of celebrating

 

*To identify special people (eg family, carers, friends) and what makes them special

GATHERING

The parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist

Why do we gather together

How we gather as a church/parish family

What are the things that are better done together and why

The importance of gathering

 

*Jesus teaching on who is my neighbour

 

GROWING

Looking forward to Easter

The ways in which we  grow

That spring is a time when things begin to grow

The ways in which  we can grow in love to be more like Jesus

*We are part of God’s family

GOOD NEWS

Passing on the Good News of Jesus

How they and others feel when they have good news.

The joy and happiness the good news brings

That everyone has good news to share

 

FRIENDS

Friends of Jesus

How friends make us feel happy, comfortable and glad

What breaks and mends friendships

It is good to have  friends

How we  can  change and say sorry and  forgive each other

 

OUR WORLD

God’s wonderful world

How wonderful our world is

How we could make God’s world even more wonderful

What would happen if we did not look after our world

What we love about our world.

What fills us with wonder about our world

Everyone shares God’s world

How we would feel if we did not work together to share God’s world

 

YEAR 1

Ongoing PSHE

-Appreciative of blessings

-Be grateful to others and to God

-Be patient when they do not always get what they want

-We all have individual gifts, talents and abilities

-How to maintain personal hygiene

-We should be friendly and able to make and keep friends; we should be caring and attentive to the needs of others and generous; we should be respectful of others, their uniqueness, their wants and their needs; we should be forgiving and not hold grudges against those who hurt us; we should use our manners and be honest

-We need to be just and fair in our treatment of other people – locally, nationally and globally

-Be active in their commitment to bring about change

Theme

Year group Topic

Come and See Links

RSE

FAMILIES

God’s love and care for every  family                                              

How families show love and care for each other

God’s love and care for them and their families.

How God shows love and care for individuals, families and all of creation

*Respectful of their own bodies and character

 

*About the sacrament of Baptism

BELONGING

Baptism an invitation to belong to God’s family            

 

What it feels like to belong

The experience of belonging to their family and the Church family

How babies are welcomed into the Church family

Parents are blessed

 

 

 

*We are all unique individuals

 

*The similarities between girls and boys

WAITING

Advent a time to look forward to Christmas

 

How we feel when we are waiting

Why waiting can be difficult at times

Others may help us as we wait

We can help others

 

*Jesus cared for others

 

*We should love other people in the same way Jesus loves us

SPECIAL PEOPLE

People in the parish family

 

Special people help us

What makes a person special

How we can love and serve each other

There are people who do special jobs at Mass when the parish family gathers

Some of ways in which these people help

 

*That God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

*How diseases are spread and be controlled and the responsibilities they have for their own health and that of others eg washing hands

MEALS

Mass; Jesus’ special meal

 

What important for a  happy meal

What makes a family meal special

Preparation for a meal

How we love and serve Jesus

How it is good to say thank you for our meals

CHANGE

Lent  a time for change

 

How the season change.

The ways we change and grow in love and kindness.

How we can change and make a new start in Lent.

 

HOLIDAYS AND HOLYDAYS

Pentecost: the feast of the Holy Spirit

 

Why are holidays different from ordinary days

What makes holidays happy times

How holidays are times to relax and do something different

We should thank God for holidays and our wonderful world

 

 

BEING SORRY

God helps us to choose well

 

Making choices that help us feel happy.

Making choices that make us feel unhappy.

What helps us to make good choices

How would it be if everyone followed Jesus’ new rule to ‘love one another’

Sometimes hard to say sorry and to forgive.

It is good to say sorry

The end of the day is a good time to reflect on the choices made and to ask God’s forgiveness

 

NEIGHBOURS

 

Neighbours share God’s world                

 

Who is our neighbour

What makes a good neighbour

How we can be a good neighbour

What  happens if someone is not a good neighbour

 

YEAR 2

Ongoing PSHE

-Appreciative of blessings

-Be grateful to others and to God

-Be patient when they do not always get what they want

-We all have individual gifts, talents and abilities

-How to maintain personal hygiene

-We should be friendly and able to make and keep friends; we should be caring and attentive to the needs of others and generous; we should be respectful of others, their uniqueness, their wants and their needs; we should be forgiving and not hold grudges against those who hurt us; we should use our manners and be honest

-We need to be just and fair in our treatment of other people – locally, nationally and globally

-Be active in their commitment to bring about change.

Theme

Year Group Topic

Come and See Links

 RSE

BEGINNINGS    

 

God is present in every beginning

 

How  you  feel when you begin anything new

Why some beginnings and easy and some are difficult

How we begin our day

How each day is a new beginning

God cares for everyone.

God being present in all new beginnings

Year 2

*Ways of expressing gratitude to God

 

*What constitutes a healthy life style, including physical activity, dental health and healthy eating

 

SIGNS & SYMBOLS

 

Signs and symbols used  in Baptism

 

The meaning and importance of some symbols in life.

The power of  symbols to convey meaning

Some of the signs and symbols in daily life

PREPARING

 

Advent; preparing to celebrate Christmas

 

Why is it necessary to prepare?

What would happen if you didn’t prepare?

How you feel when you are preparing for special times?

What is the best way to prepare for Jesus’ coming?

*We all have different likes and dislikes

 

*A language to describe feelings

 BOOKS

 

The books used in Church

 

The importance of books in our lives.

The need for books 

How books can help us

 

*A basic understanding that feelings and actions are two different things

 

*Simple strategies for managing feelings and behaviour

THANKSGIVING

 

Mass a special time for saying thank you to God for everything, especially Jesus

How  you feel when you thank others 

How you  feel when  you  are thanked

Why we thank God our Father

How the parish family can spread the message of thanksgiving and peace.

OPPORTUNITIES

 

Lent an opportunity  to start anew in order to celebrate Jesus’ new life

How each day offers opportunities for good   

What helps a person choose well

The opportunity Lent offers to make a new start.

*Choices have consequences

 

*Life stages from birth to death

SPREAD THE WORD

Pentecost a time to spread the Good News

The importance of messages in daily life

The responsibility of passing on messages

The new life of Jesus

How the  Holy Spirit helps Christians 

Jesus has promised us new life

*Saying sorry is important and can help mend broken friendships

 

*Consider scripture illustrating the importance of living in a community

 

*They belong to various communities

 

*Their behaviour has an impact on the communities they belong to

 

*People and other living things have needs and we have a responsibility to meet these

RULES

Reasons for rules in the Christian family

 

The importance for ourselves and others of keeping rules.

How rules are necessary  in  life

How it is sometimes hard to say sorry

How it is sometimes hard to forgive others

The good feeling when people make up 

The difference between doing something accidentally and on purpose.

The importance and helpfulness of examining your conscience every day.

A sorry prayer

TREASURES

 

God’s treasure; the world

 

What we treasure

What treasures we share

We are God’s treasure

How we thank God for the treasures of our world

How we should treat the treasures of this earth

 *Consider what harms and improves our world

Year 3

Ongoing PSHE

-Respectful of their own bodies character and giftedness

-Be appreciative of blessings

-Self-disciplined and able to delay or forego gratification for the sake of greater goods

-Be discerning in their decision making

-Be determined and resilient in the face of difficulty

-Be courageous in the face of new situations and in facing their fears

-We are special people made in the image and likeness of God

-Strategies to develop self-confidence and self esteem

-Each person has a purpose in the world

-Similarities and differences between people arise from different factors

-How to make informed choices that have an impact on their health

-Recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable, unhealthy or risky

-Christians belong to the church family which includes the school, parish and diocese

-Be aware of bullying (including cyber-bullying) and how to respond

-How to use technology safely

-To recognise their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe

-That not all images, language and behaviour are appropriate

-To judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and how to respond

-That there are a number of different organisations they can go to for help in different situations and how to contact them

-How to report and get help if they encounter inappropriate materials or messages

-Understanding the impact of their actions locally, nationally and globally

-Be self-giving able to put aside their own wants in order to serve others locally, nationally and globally

-Prophetic in their ability to identify injustice and speak out against it locally, nationally and globally

-God is Trinity – a communion of persons

-The key principles of Catholic Social Teaching

-The Church is the Body of Christ

-That there are some cultural practices that are against British law and universal rights

-That actions such as Female Genital Mutilation constitute abuse, are crimes and how to get support if they have fears for themselves or their peers

-That bacteria and viruses can affect health and that following simple routines can reduce their spread

-About the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK and beyond and the importance of living in right relationship with one another.

Theme

Topic for Year Group

Come and See

HOMES               

 

God’s vision for every family

 

What makes a house a home

What makes home a special place for you

What makes a house a home

Why is  family  important

The respect of parents and children for  one another

What do you like to do at home, on your own and as a family

What do people do for you at home, that makes you feel special

What  is sometimes difficult about sharing and being part of a group at home

God’s dream for every family

God is always there

 

PROMISES

 

The meaning of  the  commitment and promises made at Baptism                                                                

 

What is good about being in a group

Why  we  have rules

The importance of making  promises

How some promises are more difficult to keep than others

The link between the promises made the consequences of actions following the promise

The role of parents and godparents  in bringing up the child in the Faith

What it means to live a child of the Light

 

VISITORS

 

The coming of Jesus

 

How we welcome visitors

How  we feel as a visitor

The importance of preparing for visitors.

The joys and demands of visitors

 

JOURNEYS

 

Christian family’s journey with Jesus

 

Each year has its special times and seasons

Life is a journey

Who is with you on the journey

What makes it good

difficulties times in the life’s journey

What/who helps

How we  help  one another on the journey

LISTENING & SHARING

 

Jesus gives himself to us in a special way

 

The cost of sharing

The joys of sharing

The importance of listening well and sharing.                                                            

The joys and difficulties of  listening and sharing

How feelings affect our own and other

desire to listen and to share.

GIVING ALL

 

Lent a time to remember Jesus’ total giving

 

Why people are brave and give themselves to others

The demands of total giving  in terms of time and  giving up something you what to do

How people give themselves to others

Those in need and how we might help them.

 Lent - an opportunity for giving, growing in goodness

Jesus’ total giving

ENERGY

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

The energy of wind and of fire.

The best use of power of wind and fire

The inspiration of the Holy Spirit 

The power and energy  of the Holy Spirit

The prayer to the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit

Christians can use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help others

CHOICES

 

The importance of examination of conscience

 

The meaning of choice and consequence

The importance of making good choices

What helps in making good choices

Consequences of choices

What it means to examine your conscience

How God is always forgiving

SPECIAL PLACES

 

Special places for Jesus and the Christian community

 

How  places become special

What makes a place special

Special places for you and your family

Why is our heart a special place

Keeping our world a special place

Why do Christians want to keep the world a special pace

YEAR 4

Ongoing PSHE

-Respectful of their own bodies character and giftedness

-Be appreciative of blessings

-Self-disciplined and able to delay or forego gratification for the sake of greater goods

-Be discerning in their decision making

-Be determined and resilient in the face of difficulty

-Be courageous in the face of new situations and in facing their fears

-We are special people made in the image and likeness of God

-Strategies to develop self-confidence and self esteem

-Each person has a purpose in the world

-Similarities and differences between people arise from different factors

-How to make informed choices that have an impact on their health

-Recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable, unhealthy or risky

-Christians belong to the church family which includes the school, parish and diocese

-Be aware of bullying (including cyber-bullying) and how to respond

-How to use technology safely

-To recognise their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe

-That not all images, language and behaviour are appropriate

-To judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and how to respond

-That there are a number of different organisations they can go to for help in different situations and how to contact them

-How to report and get help if they encounter inappropriate materials or messages

-Understanding the impact of their actions locally, nationally and globally

-Be self-giving able to put aside their own wants in order to serve others locally, nationally and globally

-Prophetic in their ability to identify injustice and speak out against it locally, nationally and globally

-God is Trinity – a communion of persons

-The key principles of Catholic Social Teaching

-The Church is the Body of Christ

-That there are some cultural practices that are against British law and universal rights

-That actions such as Female Genital Mutilation constitute abuse, are crimes and how to get support if they have fears for themselves or their peers

-That bacteria and viruses can affect health and that following simple routines can reduce their spread

-About the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK and beyond and the importance of living in right relationship with one another

Theme

Topic for Year Group

Come and See Links

 RSA

PEOPLE

 

The family of God in Scripture

The importance of families

Family relationships

Respect for those who gave us life.

*Grateful to others and to God

CALLED

 

Confirmation a time to renew baptismal promises      

 

Our response to being chosen

What  it feels like to be chosen

Why it is difficult to make a response in some situations

Giving up something else when you are chosen.

What help do you need   to chose

The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives

The work of the Holy Spirit in  the lives of Christians

What it is to live in the light of Christ

The commitment of people who respond to the call of God

*Be forgiving and develop the skills to allow reconciliation in relationships

 

*Be courteous in their dealings with friends and strangers.

 

 

GIFT

 

God’s gift of love & friendship in Jesus

 

What  you value most about the gift of friendship

What  you offer others in your friendship

Why  the gift of love and friendship is  important

The joys and demands of  friendship

The commitment required by the gift of love and friendship

*The importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in relationships and some of Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness

 

COMMUNITY

 

life in the local Christian community: ministries in  the parish

 

The meaning of community

The advantages of being part of a community

What helps to build up community

The demands of being part of a community

Why  people give time and service in helping others in their community

The  causes of  a breakdown of a community

How the parish community celebrates together and supports one another

 

*How to maintain positive relationships and strategies to use when relationships go wrong

 

*How a baby grows and develops in its mother’s womb

GIVING & RECEIVING

 

Living in communion

 

Your experience of giving and receiving.

The importance of giving and receiving

The joys and demands of giving and receiving

Why it is important to live in communion

Ways in which we live and grow in communion.

How the Eucharist challenges and enables living and growing in communion                 

*The names of the main parts of the body, including naming correctly genitalia

SELF DISCIPLINE

 

Celebrating growth to new life  

 

The experience of giving up something and be much disciplined for a good reason.

How  to be  self-disciplined

How self-discipline helps people to grow and make the best use of their potential

Lent; the opportunity   to make change and to prepare for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 

 

 

NEW LIFE

 

To hear & live the Easter message

 

What  you do when life is difficult

The experience of good news bringing life and happiness. 

How the power of the Holy Spirit helps Christians today

 

 

BUILDING BRIDGES

 

Admitting wrong, being reconciled with God and one another.

What makes friendships strong

How decisions about friendship are informed by beliefs and values.

How friendships are built

How friendships may be restored when they have been broken

Sin  and the importance of examining  of  your conscience

The greatest commandment, love of God and others

The meaning of contrition and of absolution

Forgiveness of others

GOD’S PEOPLE

 

Different saints show people what God is like.

 

What makes a person do extraordinary things

How ordinary people do extraordinary things.

The qualities you admire in others

How true happiness can be found

How you can do extraordinary things

 

 

YEAR 5

Ongoing

-Respectful of their own bodies character and giftedness

-Be appreciative of blessings

-Self-disciplined and able to delay or forego gratification for the sake of greater goods

-Be discerning in their decision making

-Be determined and resilient in the face of difficulty

-Be courageous in the face of new situations and in facing their fears

-We are special people made in the image and likeness of God

-Strategies to develop self-confidence and self esteem

-Each person has a purpose in the world

-Similarities and differences between people arise from different factors

-How to make informed choices that have an impact on their health

-Recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable, unhealthy or risky

-Christians belong to the church family which includes the school, parish and diocese

-Be aware of bullying (including cyber-bullying) and how to respond

-How to use technology safely

-To recognise their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe

-That not all images, language and behaviour are appropriate

-To judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and how to respond

-That there are a number of different organisations they can go to for help in different situations and how to contact them

-How to report and get help if they encounter inappropriate materials or messages

-Understanding the impact of their actions locally, nationally and globally

-Be self-giving able to put aside their own wants in order to serve others locally, nationally and globally

-Prophetic in their ability to identify injustice and speak out against it locally, nationally and globally

-God is Trinity – a communion of persons

-The key principles of Catholic Social Teaching

-The Church is the Body of Christ

-That there are some cultural practices that are against British law and universal rights

-That actions such as Female Genital Mutilation constitute abuse, are crimes and how to get support if they have fears for themselves or their peers

-That bacteria and viruses can affect health and that following simple routines can reduce their spread

-About the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK and beyond and the importance of living in right relationship with one another

Theme

Topic for Year group

Come and see Links

RSE

OURSELVES

 

Created in the image and likeness of God

 

Talents and  qualities you admire in others

Your own  talents and qualities  and how you use them

Identify qualities in anyone else

How talents and qualities are developed.

We are made in the likeness of God

What being unique means

God’s love for us

How Christians are called to live in peace.

How people are made in God’s image and likeness might  live

*Prayer and worship are ways of nourishing their relationship with God

 

*Extend their vocabulary to deepen their understanding of the range and intensity of their feelings

 

*What positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health

 

*To recognise how images in the media do not always reflect reality and can affect how people view themselves

 

LIFE CHOICES

 

Marriage, commitment and service

 

The ingredients of a good friendship

What fidelity means - how it applies to friendship

Responsibilities friends have for  one another

Difficulties and joys of friendships

What is important for friendship to thrive

What  it feels like to have faithful friend

Jesus’ advice about relationship

The importance of fidelity, loyalty and commitment in maintaining a friendship

The importance of commitment and responsibility in relationships.

What is means to be committed

The work of Christian service

The Sacrament of Marriage

The symbols of the promises and the  blessing of rings

All are called to live in love and service

HOPE

 

Advent; waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; the promised one

 

Your experience of waiting

How people wait in different ways, for different things

Why waiting is a mystery

How   you can best use the time you spend waiting and what might help you

What  you think about when you are waiting for something exciting

How you behave when you are waiting

The difference between hope and expect

Why people wait with hope

The coming of Jesus at the end of time

Advent is a time of waiting hopefully

*The nature and role of menstruation in the fertility cycle

 

*Growth and development of humans and the changes that happen at puberty

 

MISSION

 

Continuing Jesus’ mission in diocese. [ecumenism]

 

The demands and joys  being dedicated in your mission

Discovering your mission

What inspires people in their mission

The joys and demands of   engaging in a mission

The reasons why people what to help others.

How people carry out Jesus’ mission today

Jesus’ prayer for unity

 

MEMORIAL SACRIFICE

 

The Eucharist; the living memorial of Jesus

 

Why  memories  are important

How it is possible to keep important memories alive

About sacrifice in daily life

 

SACRIFICE

 

Lent a time of giving in order to celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus

 

How  you feel when you give

How you feel when you refuse to give.

The cost of giving.

How people decide whether or not to give

How those decisions are informed by beliefs and values

The costs or rewards of giving can be

That Lent is a season of giving to prepare for the Easter

 

TRANSFORM-   ATION

 

Celebration of the Spirit’s transforming power

 

How people can use the energy of their minds for the good of others.

How people can use time and physical energy for the wellbeing of others and why they should.

How energy can transform

How we can use our energy to transform ourselves

How we can use the energy from the earth’s resources in a fair and sustainable way.

How the power of the Holy Spirit helps Christians today

 

FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY

 

Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsible

 

What freedom parents have a right to

What freedom children have a right to

What is responsible and irresponsible behaviour

How rules can bring freedom

How people know the boundaries that their personal freedom gives them

How freedom and responsibility are linked.

How people’s perception of what their freedom allows may conflict with the expectation of others

The importance of the Ten Commandments for Christians today

How the Beatitudes show us a positive way of life

Jesus teaching on the greatest commandments, love of God and others

 

STEWARDSHIP

 

The Church is called to stewardship of Creation

 

What  I really care about

Showing  concern for what I care for

The meaning of stewardship

Understanding the wonders of God’s creation

People are made in the image and likeness of God

Christians can be good stewards.

The Christian’s responsibility to take care of, to be a steward of the earth

The importance of ecology

 

YEAR 6

Ongoing

-Respectful of their own bodies character and giftedness

-Be appreciative of blessings

-Self-disciplined and able to delay or forego gratification for the sake of greater goods

-Be discerning in their decision making

-Be determined and resilient in the face of difficulty

-Be courageous in the face of new situations and in facing their fears

-We are special people made in the image and likeness of God

-Strategies to develop self-confidence and self esteem

-Each person has a purpose in the world

-Similarities and differences between people arise from different factors

-How to make informed choices that have an impact on their health

-Recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable, unhealthy or risky

-Christians belong to the church family which includes the school, parish and diocese

-Be aware of bullying (including cyber-bullying) and how to respond

-How to use technology safely

-To recognise their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe

-That not all images, language and behaviour are appropriate

-To judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and how to respond

-That there are a number of different organisations they can go to for help in different situations and how to contact them

-How to report and get help if they encounter inappropriate materials or messages

-Understanding the impact of their actions locally, nationally and globally

-Be self-giving able to put aside their own wants in order to serve others locally, nationally and globally

-Prophetic in their ability to identify injustice and speak out against it locally, nationally and globally

-God is Trinity – a communion of persons

-The key principles of Catholic Social Teaching

-The Church is the Body of Christ

-That there are some cultural practices that are against British law and universal rights

-That actions such as Female Genital Mutilation constitute abuse, are crimes and how to get support if they have fears for themselves or their peers

-That bacteria and viruses can affect health and that following simple routines can reduce their spread

-About the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK and beyond and the importance of living in right relationship with one another

 

Theme

Topic for Year group

Come and See links

RSE

LOVING

 

God who never stops loving

 

What unconditional love means

How love is shown

How you are  loved and cared for  

What  members of your family do for each other

How  you show love to others

How people have inspired and influenced you to show unconditional love to others

What it means to be truly loving

How  people show unconditional love to others 

The beliefs and values which have inspired and influenced you to be loving

The scripture text that demonstrate God’s unconditional love for everyone even when times are hard

The challenge these passages present to Christians

The Beatitudes and their meaning for today.

God’s unconditional love and what this means

By living in God’s way, as Jesus showed us, we can grow in love

*We are children of God with an innate dignity

Sacraments often coincide with different natural stages in life eg Baptism near birth

God created us for a purpose

 

*Life is precious and their body is God’s gift to them

 

*Emotions can change as they grow and move through puberty

 

*Be honest and committed to living truthfully with integrity

 

VOCATION AND COMMITMENT

 

The vocation of priesthood and religious life

 

What it means to be committed

Why people are committed

The implications of lack of commitment

Whom shows commitment

How commitment affects the level of job satisfaction

Responding to the call of Jesus

Our mission in living out our baptismal vows

EXPECTATIONS

 

Jesus born to show God to the world

 

The expectations you have  of yourself

Having high expectations of others

Trusting and believing  in one another

What happens if you let people down or others let you down

Patience is important in expectations

The difference between wishing and   expecting

The meaning of Advent

 

*The sacrament of marriage involves commitment and self-giving

 

*There are different types of relationships including those between acquaintances, friends, relatives and family

 

 

SOURCES

 

The Bible, the special book for the Church     

 

The kind of books  which are the most helpful

Our lives are enriched by books

The wonder of books and how they  take a person beyond themselves

The presence of God in the words of Scripture

The care and reverence with which the Word of God is treated

UNITY

 

Eucharist enables people to live in communion. 

Why friendships are important

The most important value in friendship

What helps a friendship to flourish

The kinds of behaviour that  break a friendship

Those affected when a friendship is broken

Mending  broken friendships

Becoming  one with Christ and one another in  Holy Communion

The unity which Holy Communion brings

 

*How to make informed choices in relationships and that choices have positive, neutral and negative consequences

 

*Learn about harassment and exploitation in relationships including physical, emotional and sexual abuse and how to respond

 

DEATH & NEW LIFE

    

 

Celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection

The affect of loss in everyday life

The change it brought

What remained the same

What is the best way to cope with loss

How  people cope with loss and death

How  death brings new life

Lent, a time to remember the suffering and death of Jesus

 

WITNESSES

 

The Holy Spirit enables people  to become witnesses

 

When to be a witness

How  to be  a witness  

Why it sometimes needs courage to be a witness

Examples of modern witnesses  

The witness of a local charity                                  

*To recognise and manage risk, to develop resilience and learn how to cope with ‘dares’ and other ways in which people can be pressurised

 

*About changes that can happen in life eg bereavement, divorce and the emotions that can accompany these changes

 

*How human life is conceived in the womb including the language of sperm and ova

HEALING

 

Sacrament of the Sick

 

Showing compassion and care for those who are ill

Our attitude towards those people are ill in their minds

Helping, caring and understanding those with a learning disability.

What gives a person comfort when they are very ill

Why   people give time and commitment to  caring for others

Why  we care for the sick

The Sacrament of Anointing brings comfort to those who are sick

The Christian responsibility  for caring for  these in  need

COMMON GOOD

 

Work of  Christians for the good of all

 

* How  we build a fair and just world

* The difference between fairness and justice, unfairness and injustice

* Helping  to promote the dignity and common good of one another

* Beatitudes; a guide from Jesus about how to live life

* The ways  we can act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God

* How Christians can work for the common good

* Something about Catholic Social Teaching