Relationships and Health 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
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.
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
Families and people who care for me
Internet Safety and Harms
Physical health and fitness
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.