Statement of RSHE
We understand and appreciate that our children are growing up in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world and here at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School we believe that along with Parents as the first educators we need to ensure that the children are prepared for the wider world by equipping them with the tools that they will need in order to be safe and healthy, to be able to build positive relationships and to understand how to manage their personal and social lives in a meaningful way. We are tasked with educating young people and children about healthy loving relationships. We understand that any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue.
We have worked hard to ensure that RSHE is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum along with linking closely with safeguarding, Religious Education, SMSC and British Values. Our intent through our delivery of RSHE is to ensure that our children understand that they are made in the image and likeness of God, through this understanding they will be at ease with themselves and deepen their self-knowledge of how to grow and flourish healthily and holistically towards developing successful relationships. Our RSHE curriculum promotes strong links and connections with Catholic teaching and gospel values, and we have sought to ensure that this is accessible to all. We want our children to become happy, healthy and responsible members of society who understand the necessary components to develop healthy and successful relationships within their own lives. They are actively encouraged to develop a positive sense of self-esteem and to have a healthy respect and love for their own bodies and minds.
The Governors of St. Bernadette’s have adopted the ‘Journey in Love’ programme to support the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) throughout the school. The programme of study is authentic to the teaching of the Catholic Church. Below is a brief outline of the content of the programme:
Reception: God loves each of us in our uniqueness
Year 1: We meet God’s love in our family
Year 2: We meet God’s love in the community
Year 3: How we live in love
Year 4: God loves us in our differences
Year 5: God loves me in my changing and development
Year 6: The wonder of God’s love in creating new life
As part of our commitment to parents, as the first educators of your children, we will hold a meeting annually for the parents and carers of children in years 5 and 6 to discuss the programme’s contents. You have the right to withdraw your child from certain aspects of the curriculum.
Please see our RSHE policy for more details.