RSE (A Journey in Love)
At St Vincent'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 however also plays a vital part in supporting you in doing this. The Governors of St Vincent's have adopted the 'Journey in Love' programme to support Relationships and Sex Education throughout the school (Reception to Year 6).
The programme is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church. 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
At the heart of the programme is the belief that we are all 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.
An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in an age appropriate way for each year 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 progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
You have the right to withdraw your child from this aspect of the curriculum however, this does not apply to any aspect which is part of the statutory Science curriculum.