Relationships and Sex Education
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is continuing with our Relationship and Health Education Programme, written for Catholic schools, entitled ‘Life to the Full’. It has been written by Ten Ten, an educational organisation, which uses story and drama to speak to hearts and minds, and whose name was born out of the Gospel verse John 10:10, where Jesus said: ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’
A brief overview of ‘Life to the Full’
Relationship Education became statutory for all Primary schools in 2021 (originally September 2020 pre-Covid 19 lockdown). The ‘Life to the Full’ programme is based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service (CES), which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department for Education. The RSHE Curriculum within ‘Life to the Full’ Programme is taught within the context of a Christian understanding of sexuality, with Gospel values at its heart, especially that RSHE is about the whole person: spiritual, moral, social and cultural.
‘Life to the Full’ is much more than a series of lessons. It is an entire platform of creative resources that will engage, inform and inspire our children and, indeed, you as parents. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities, employing a wide range of teaching tools, original worship music and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers.
In addition, there is an online parent platform so that you, as parent and carers, can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for your child. Here, you can view some of the materials your child will be studying in class, and there are supplementary home activities and prayers.
To access the online parent platform please contact Miss Hallahan firstname.lastname@example.org
In Life to the Full, we will be following a three-stage structure which is repeated across four different learning stages:
- Key Stage One is aimed at Years 1 and 2
- Lower Key Stage Two is aimed at Years 3 and 4
- Upper Key Stage Two is aimed at Years 5 and 6
Within each learning stage, there are three modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum:
- Created and Loved by God
- Created to Love Others
- Created to Live in Community
Each Module is then broken down into Units of Work.
The Programme adopts a spiral curriculum approach so that as your child goes through the Programme year-after-year, the learning will develop and grow, with each stage building on the last.
Module One: Created and Loved by God - explores the individual.
Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships. This module also briefly discusses, in an age-appropriate way, that private parts are private.
Module Two: Created to Love Others -explores the individual’s relationship with others.
Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this unit explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing heathy relationships and keeping safe. This religious understanding is then applied to real-world situations relevant to the age and stage of the children. For the ‘Keeping Safe’ unit, there are some excellent NSPCC resources, as well as teaching on bullying and abuse through a series of animated stories.
Module Three: Created to Live in Community - explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world.
Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good. In the first Unit, Religious Understanding, the story sessions help children to develop a concept of the Trinity. In subsequent sessions, we apply this religious understanding to real-world situations, such as the community we live in, and through exploring the work of charities which work for the Common Good. Life to the Full is intended to be partnership between home, school and Church.