RSE / PSHE
As a Catholic School, Christ is at the centre of all that we do. We intend to deliver a fully-integrated and holistic programme in Relationship Education that truly enables children to ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10).
We use ‘Life to the Full’ by Ten:Ten, it 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. The programme adopts a spiral curriculum approach so that as a child goes through the programme year-after-year, the learning will develop and grow, with each stage building on the last.
We follow a four-stage structure which is repeated and developed across four different learning stages:
- Early Years Foundation Stage is aimed at Preschool and Reception
- 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. These units of work are spread out across the year. Each unit of work has individual session plans which includes a section called Age and Stage Differentiation. This offers specific suggestions of how to level up or level down the content according to the needs of the class, as well as various extension options.
We use interactive video content, story-based activities and original worship music to broaden, enhance and support the wide-ranging discussion opportunities across the units of work.
Assessment and feedback:
- Teachers run a simple assessment activity BEFORE the class undertake the lessons, and then teachers repeat the activity again AFTER the series of lessons to assess whether learning has taken place. The activities take into account the Learning Objectives of the sessions within the unit.
- A class book is kept to reflect the learning that has taken place across the year. This may include post-it notes showing the voice of their children, examples of group or paired activities as well as samples of the assessment activities undertaken.
- Collaborative working with SLT to ensure RSE provision meets statutory requirements and supports the Catholic Life of the school.
- RSE class books are monitored termly and any questions or issues arising are dealt with in consultation with the member of staff.
- Provision and progress of all learners is discussed and actions agreed at PDMs.
- A child will appreciate that they are created and loved by God, that they are created to love others and that they are created to live in community with one another.
- A child will develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships.
- A child will respect their bodies, understand puberty and recognise how bodies change during this period. They will develop their understanding of life before birth.
- A child will develop strategies to support emotional wellbeing including practicing thankfulness.
- A child will develop a more complex appreciation of different family structures and be able to develop healthy relationships with family and friends.
- A child will develop a range of strategies for dealing with more complex experiences of relationships and conflict; this includes identifying and understanding how to respond to spoken and unspoken pressure (including being safe online).
- A child will know how drugs, alcohol and tobacco can negatively affect people’s lifestyles and the body’s natural functioning. They can discuss how to make good choices even in pressured situations, and know essential First Aid such as DR ABC and the recovery position.
- A child understands 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.