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This is an important area of our curriculum which aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead healthy lives and be responsible citizens. We deliver this part of our curriculum primarily through our Virtues To Live By scheme.
It forms an integral part of a child’s development, and is brought into our cross-curricular activities and discussions in such a way as to ensure that knowledge and understanding of oneself and others is developed.
The children grow more confident about aspects of their own lives, their self-esteem, their health, their beliefs, their relationships with others, and their ability to express their feelings and to cope with life’s problems. We encourage pupils to participate in these discussions and activities, which lead to a greater awareness of their social and moral responsibilities.
SRE is also part of the curriculum and takes the form of a program called A Journey in Love which has a Catholic moral framework related to the age and maturity of the children taught.
The scheme forms a celebration of life, and seeks to develop in the children an understanding of the complexities of human relationships. Our own relationship with God sits at the heart of the scheme throughout, and the teachings of Christ underpin the way good relationships form. The scheme does not confront children with inappropriate material but it does contain opportunities for parents (and teachers) to open- up discussion on sensitive and challenging topics. Subjects which may be difficult to broach through normal conversation. Our advice is to use the worksheets as an opportunity to talk to your child and make the discussions as wide as you feel appropriate.
Journey in Love is a resource 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.
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.
A Journey in Love highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RSE lessons. We ask that this request is made in writing as soon as possible. Please contact your child’s class teacher, in first instance, if you wish to discuss any aspect of the program.