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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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RSE and Health Education

We are delighted to announce that our school is participating in a brand new Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education programme for Catholic primary schools, titled "Life to the Full". 

 

As you may be aware, RSE and Health Education becomes statutory for all primary schools in Summer Term 2021. The "Life to the Full" programme is based on A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum by the Catholic Education Service. Therefore, we have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of your child.

 

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. 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.

Programme Structure

In Life to the Full, we will be following a three-stage structure which is repeated across three different learning stages:

 

EYFS is aimed at Nursery and Reception years

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.

 

Module 1

Created and Loved by God

Units

Religious Understanding

Me, My Body, My Health

Emotional Well-Being

Life Cycles

Module 2

Created to Love Others

Units

Religious Understanding

Personal Relationship

Keeping Safe

Module 3

Created to Live in Community

Units

Religious Understanding

Living in the Wider World

 

 

Programme Content

 

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

 

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.

 

In these sessions, we explore:

 

EYFS and Key Stage One – that we are uniquely made by a loving God, that we have differences and similarities (including physical differences between boys and girls), key information about staying physically healthy, understanding feelings and emotions, including strong feelings such as anger, and the cycle of life from birth to old age.

 

Lower Key Stage Two – understanding differences, respecting our bodies, puberty and changing bodies, strategies to support emotional wellbeing including practicing thankfulness, and the development of pupils understanding of life before birth.

 

Upper Key Stage Two – appreciation of physical and emotional differences, a

more complex understanding of physical changes in girl and boys bodies, body image, strong emotional feelings, the impact of the internet and social media on emotional well-being, a more nuanced and scientific understanding of life in the womb, and menstruation.

 

Module Two: Created to Love Others

 

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:

 

Key Stage One – In the Unit ‘Personal Relationships’, children are taught to identify the Special People in their lives who they love and can trust, how to cope with various social situations and dilemmas, and the importance of saying sorry and forgiveness within relationships. In the Unit ‘Keeping Safe’, we explore the risks of being online by incorporating the ‘Smartie the Penguin’ resources from Childnet, the difference between good and bad secrets, and teaching on physical boundaries (incorporating the PANTS resource the NSPCC).

 

Lower Key Stage Two – The sessions here help children to develop a more complex appreciation of different family structures and there are activities and strategies to help them develop healthy relationships with family and friends; here, they are also taught simplified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques for managing thoughts, feelings and actions.

 

Once again, 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.

 

Upper Key Stage Two – The sessions for UKS2 in the ‘Personal Relationships’ module aim to equip children with strategies for more complex experiences of relationships and conflict; this includes sessions that help children to identify and understand how to respond to spoken and unspoken pressure, the concept of consent and some practical demonstrations of this, and further teaching on how our thoughts and feelings have an impact on how we act.

 

Module Three: Created to Live in Community

 

Finally, 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. We know that you already do a fantastic job and we see our new programme, Life to the Full, as a means to further develop, support and enrich the partnership between home, school and church so that your child is fully supported.

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