RSE - Relationship and Sex Education
In alignment with the 2020 statutory RSE requirements, we at St Mary’s have been developing and growing our RSE programme of study. We use Journey in Love – a developmental Catholic programme for children in the primary years - as the main structure for our teaching of Relationship Education. This programme sits within our wider provision for RSE and PSHE across our school. We do not teach any Sex Education lessons at St Mary of the Angels.
Journey in Love has been written by Sr Jude Groden and is fully endorsed as an appropriate resource for SRE provision by the Bishop of Shrewsbury. In each unit, children explore the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of each theme and within a wider provision of resources, support our delivery of a broad, inclusive and age appropriate SRE curriculum that is fully compliant with DfE and CES guidance. Parents can see more about our programme by clicking on the links below.
Our teachers use Journey in Love as the foundation resource and they follow the teaching guidance set out in the programme. The enriching resources that we have selected from other publications, compliment these learning themes further, and are used as part of our wider delivery model for RSE and PSHE. This including learning through P4C (Philosophy for Children), story time, English lessons, class and group discussions, the arts, and many other curriculum and non-curriculum areas.
When delivering our school model, the core religious beliefs of our Catholic school remain a protected characteristic of our delivery, as our agreed general principles, set by the Catholic Church, are shared with pastoral application. This strong delivery model will ensure that our protective characteristics as a Catholic school will be maintained whilst we empower our children in developing an informed conscience to facilitate discernment as they grow in God’s love.