Relationships and Sex Education
The Governors at St James' Catholic Primary School have adopted the ‘Journey in Love’ programme to support the non-statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) throughout the school. The programme of study is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
You have the right to withdraw your child from any part of the school’s programme for Relationship and Sex Education, except those elements which are required by the National Curriculum for Science. Parents who may consider this will need to make an appointment with our Headteacher to discuss what such a decision may involve.
If you require any further clarification regarding this aspect of the curriculum please speak to Mrs Blacoe (Headteacher and RE Coordinator), Mrs Bell (Deputy headteacher and Collective Worship Coordinator).
A Journey in Love
‘Made in the image and likeness of God’
A Journey in Love has as its foundation the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty and share in the divine creativity.
In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self- knowledge.
A different aspect of the mystery of love is explored in each year group; children 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, through a series of lessons with progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
YR: 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
‘Love is the light – and in the end, the only light – that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God.’
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