Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the Department for Education, RSHE will be firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils. It is centred on Christ’s vision of being human as good news and will be positive and prudent, showing the potential for development, while enabling the dangers and risks involved to be understood and appreciated.
All RSHE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching. It will emphasise the central importance of marriage and the family whilst acknowledging that all pupils have a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever household they come from. It will also prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.
At Holy Family, we provide a suitable programme that follows the statutory need to include RSHE into our curriculum and that meets the ethos of our Catholic identity and mission. To support the teaching of RSHE within Holy Family, we use Jigsaw and ‘A Journey in Love’.
‘A Journey in Love’ is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school. This resource has been recently revised to ensure it is up to date and links to DfE guidelines where appropriate.
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.
I am happy to welcome in parents at any time to discuss the content of our RSHE offer and to show you the resources.
It’s important to note that:
- Parents will not be able to withdraw their child from Relationships Education in primary school or secondary school.
- Parents will be able to withdraw their child from primary school classes which address sex education - i.e. those that do not sit within the Relationships Education curriculum.
- Maintained primary schools are required to teach National Curriculum science, which includes some elements of sex education. Parents do not have a right to withdraw from this.
The Jigsaw scheme of work includes:
Reception - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies.
Year One - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts.
Year Two - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
Year Three - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older. Introduction to puberty and menstruation.
Year Four - Internal and external reproductive body parts. Recap about puberty and menstruation. Conception explained in simple terms.
Year Five - Puberty for boys and girls in more detail including the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adolescent. Conception explained in simple biological terms.
Year Six - Puberty for boys and girls revisited. Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. Becoming a teenager. All lessons are taught using correct terminology, child-friendly language.
‘A Journey in Love’ includes:
Reception - God loves each of us in our uniqueness.
Year One - We meet God’s love in our family.
Year Two - We meet God’s love in the community.
Year Three - How we live in love.
Year Four - God loves us in our differences.
Year Five - God loves me in my changing and development.
Year Six - The wonder of God’s love in creating new life.
FULL DETAILS OF BOTH RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW, ALONG WITH LETTERS AND PARENT GUIDES ETC.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL THEN PLEASE CONTACT MR HARDING ON ADMIN@HOLYFAMILYPRIMARY.CO.UK, MESSAGE YOUR CHILD'S CLASS TEACHER ON DOJO OR PHONE THE SCHOOL ON 01454 866 786.