RH(S)E

‘But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.’
James 3:17

Intent

At St Joseph’s our aim is to build a strong PSHE/RSHE curriculum that enables to build positive, respectful relationships with other people, assume greater responsibility and manage their own safety. The curriculum should also provide appropriate subject knowledge to support students in their understanding as they change and grow. Staff will endeavour to nurture their knowledge of the wider world to enable our children to thrive as their grow and make an active contribution to their communities.

Implementation

At St. Joseph’s, we use Ten Ten Resources, ‘Life to the Full.’ These resources are specifically made for Catholic Schools and align with our virtues and values as a school community.

As you may be aware, Relationship Education became statutory for all primary schools from September 2020. The Life to the Full programme is based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. Therefore, we have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of your child.

Implementation – Life to the Full Pathway

Parent Portal

Parents in our school can access the ‘Parent Portal’ to provide you with information, guidance and follow-on tasks to complete or discuss at home with your children. This is a fantastic tool to allow you to have a real insight in the topics your child/ren are being taught.

The parent portal can be found here: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/life-to-the-full-plus/

Programme Structure

In Life to the Full, we will be following a three-stage structure which will be repeated twice in each key stage:

There are three modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum:

Each Module is then broken down into Units of Work.

Module 1: Created and Loved by God

Module 2: Created to Love Others

Module 3: Created to Live in Community

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. The reasons for this are because children change and grow; their level of engagement and understanding will increase. The learning will be embedded as children build upon what they have previously learned – a truly spiral curriculum. If we feel some sessions can be omitted one year then the scheme has the flexibility for us to accommodate this. 

Module One: Created and Loved by God

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:

Module Two: Created to Love Others

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 healthy relationships and keeping safe.

This religious understanding is then applied to real-world situations relevant to the age and stage of the children:

Module Three: Created to Live in Community

Finally, 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.

Please click on the link below to access the Ten:Ten Platform

ten ten parent consultation letter

The parent consultation survey questions

Diocesan model relationships and health education primary June 2021

Right of Withdrawal from RE and Collective Worship

Voluntary aided schools in England and Wales must ensure that religious education is provided as part of the school’s basic curriculum. In Catholic schools this is done in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and norms of the Catholic Church. Academies in England are required by their funding agreement and Articles of Association to comply with similar requirements.

Similarly, in state funded schools England and Wales are required by law to take part in an act of collective worship on each school day. In Catholic schools this is dome in accordance with the rites, practices, disciplines and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.

Parents of pupils in VA schools and voluntary academies are permitted to request that their child is withdrawn from receiving all or part of religious education and/or collective worship given at the school and any such request shall stand until such time that the parent’s request is withdrawn.

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