Corpus Christi

Catholic Primary School

A Newman Partnership School within the Diocese of Portsmouth

Relationships and Health Education

Relationships Education


‘God is Love’ - 1 John 4:8 


As a Catholic school, the Church’s teaching is at the heart of our curriculum. We recognise our duty in forming children in the true meaning of human sexuality and personal relationships, according to the teaching of Christ and the Catholic Church, in full cooperation with parents. We believe that a loving relationship is at the very heart of God and brings lasting human happiness and fulfilment. 


We seek to give our children an opportunity to explore and understand the teachings of the Church, their meaning, wisdom and beauty. In doing this we aim to:


  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place

  • Enable the children to develop a Christian set of values about human dignity, self-worth, mutual respect and personal relationships.

  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships

  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene

  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy

  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

  • To develop well-informed children who are able to make good choices about keeping themselves safe.

  • To deepen the older children’s appreciation of sexual relationships within marriage in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic church.


Our Catholic approach to Relationships Education is delivered through ‘A Journey in Love’, a developmental programme which enables children to progress according to their own level of maturity and understanding: 


Year R:  God loves each of us in our uniqueness

Year 1:  We meet God’s love in our family

Year 2:  We meet God’s love in the community

Year 3:  How we live in love

Year 4:  God loves us in our differences

Year 5:  God loves me in my changing and development

Year 6:  The wonder of God’s love in creating new life  


Health Education


We are incredibly proud to have achieved the

Sandwell Charter Mark for Wellbeing.


Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School seeks to promote and support the health and well being of all pupils.  We recognise that the individual needs of every child, their health and welfare is paramount. We know that children who feel happy and secure are more able to achieve and thrive within school and the wider community. We deeply care about each individual, and recognise the uniqueness of every child. 


The school believes that children who are emotionally literate and are able to operate well within the social environment of school, will be happier and learn better, consequently making a positive impact on their academic attainment. Children are given regular learning opportunities to explore their emotions and feelings. This is currently supported through our delivery of a RHSE curriculum, as well as through Trick Box, a whole school programme to support children’s skills of emotional self-management.


Trick Box 


Our Trick Box programme is a whole school personal development and emotional management resource. Designed to fit alongside RHSE, the Trick Box programme is fun and highly effective, giving children the personal skills they need to be successfully autonomous and resilient. All children are provided with their own personal set of Trick Box cards containing the taught skills to assist them with managing their own emotional wellbeing. 



Statutory Curriculum for Relationships and Health Education from September 2020


Relationships Education:


  • Families and people who care for me

  • Caring friendships

  • Respectful relationships

  • Online relationships

  • Being safe


Health Education: 


  • Mental Wellbeing

  • Internet Safety and Harms

  • Physical health and fitness

  • Healthy Eating

  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

  • Health and Prevention

  • Basic First Aid

  • Changing Adolescent Body


Biological aspects of the subject are taught within the Science curriculum, including the changes experienced during puberty. Children in Year 5 are given Puberty Information Sessions, following full consultation with parents at our annual Puberty Information Evening. 


In addition to our distinctively Catholic ‘Journey in Love’ scheme of work, we also use a range of other resources, including Coram Life Education Wessex SCARF and our Trick Box Programme, to deliver the Relationships and Health Education Curriculum. 




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