St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith, Love and Learning


You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.  When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother’s womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there—you saw me before I was born.” (
Psalms 139: 13-18)


  • Enable children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.
  • Continue to develop children’s spiritual learning alongside their PSHE development through our whole school ethos which is drawn from Gospel values and form the core purpose of our school.
  • Develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, successful, and productive individuals, family members and members of society.
  • Prepare children for life to manage opportunities, challenges and responsibilities well, taking these management skills into adulthood.
  • RSHE and PSHE will foster pupils’ wellbeing and confidence, helping them to connect their skills and understanding to all subjects and to practical, real-life situations. 
  • Ensure children feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
  • Provide children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.


  • All our year groups have timetabled RSHE and PSHE lessons.
  • Interesting RSHE and PSHE lessons using the Ten:Ten resource scheme of work ensures progression, development and consolidation of the knowledge, understanding and skills our pupils need.
  • Through assemblies, trips and visitors to school provide plenty of opportunities for skills to be consolidated across the school day to support children.
  • Follow the Archdiocese recommended programme ‘Journey In Love’ to support our delivery of Sex Education.
  • Enrich each child’s learning journey at St Bernadette’s through additional opportunities.
  • Promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.
  • Build an aware community, Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures.
  • Enable children to affect peaceful change within society and with each other understanding British democratic process.
  • Progress in RSHE and PSHE is monitored through the year to identify further areas of development.
  • PSHE assessment is measured against the pupil’s own starting points.
  • Children also reflect on their own RSHE and PSHE learning to further their own progress and development.


  • Children will be caring, respectful, responsible, and confident individuals and citizens through PSHE and RSHE learning. 
  • Children will have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions.
  • They will be able to make sense of their own personal and social experiences and will be able to understand and manage their own feelings.
  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty 
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school.
  • Children will demonstrate understanding of how to keep themselves healthy.
  • Children will understand how to keep themselves safe at school, in the community and locality and wider world (including online)
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with peers, both now and in the future
  • Children will understand the physical and emotional aspects involved in RSHE at an age-appropriate level.
  • Children will have respect for themselves.
  • Children will have positive body images.




RSE – A Journey in Love

‘Growing Together in Faith, Love & Learning’

At St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that as parents you are the first educators of your children, and in doing so have primary responsibility in teaching your children how to build healthy, loving relationships. Our catholic school also plays a vital part in supporting you in doing this. 

The Governors of St Bernadette’s have adopted the ‘Journey in Love’ programme to support Relationships and Sex Education throughout the school (Reception to Year 6)as one part of our RSHE curriculum offer.

The programme is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Journey of Life

For each of us, life is like a journey

Birth is the beginning of this journey,

And death is not the end; but the destination.

It is a journey that takes us

From youth to age,

From innocence to awareness,

From ignorance to knowledge,

From foolishness to wisdom,

From weakness to strength and often back again,

From offence to forgiveness

From pain to compassion,

From fear to faith,

From defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,

Until, looking backward or ahead,

We see that victory does not lie

At some high point along the way,

But in having made the journey,

Stage by stage.

Adapted from an Old Hebrew Prayer

Love is an art to be learned. 

It is a giving experience, a selfless act.

Every experience of love gives us yet another glimpse of the meaning of love in God himself. 

Human love is the instrument we can use to explore the mystery of love which God is’ 

Cardinal Basil Hume

A Journey In Love is a resources created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.

As children progress through the school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. The thirst for learning new things is fostered by the school, as we create a safe and stimulating environment for learning and supporting all children in their development.

A Journey in Love supports children in growing and developing healthy and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, for this is happen children must be at ease with themselves and grow in self-knowledge.

Throughout ‘A Journey In Love’ an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each group, children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary Years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.

Below, is a brief outline of the content of the programme: 

Reception: God loves each of us in our uniqueness

Y1: We meet God’s love in our family

Y2: We meet God’s love in the community

Y3: How we live in love

Y4: God loves us in our differences

Y5: God loves me in my changing and development

Y6: The wonder of God’s love in creating new life