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RSE Curriculum

                'I have come that you might have life and have it to the full'

                                                                                                                   John 10:10



Our RSE Vision (Intent)

Relationship and Sex Education aims to support all pupils through their physical, emotional and moral development. It is delivered as part of the National Curriculum, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship framework with cross curricular links to Science, Religion, Computing and PE. It forms the basis on which young people can learn to respect not only themselves, but also others, making the transition from childhood to adolescence as smooth and as positive as possible. It is vital that this should happen in consultation and partnership with parents and health professionals. At St Joseph’s School, the scheme, ‘Life to the Full’ is used, which is a relationship education programme for Catholic schools.

At St Joseph’s:

  1. We outline the characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults.

  2. We teach children about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them.

  3.  We show children how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.

  4.  We give clear, unbiased and appropriate information and knowledge.

  5.  We answer pupils’ questions openly and honestly but at the same time appropriately.

  6.  We promote positive attitudes and values in order to promote positive self-esteem and well-being of individuals.

  7.  We develop skills needed for effective communication to be able to form long and happy relationships and for promoting positive behaviour and development physically, morally and emotionally.

  8.  We challenge mis-informed beliefs.

  9.  We enourage responsibility so that pupils are able to make well informed decisions.

  10.  We create a climate which enables pupils to express themselves without embarrassment or  humiliation

  11.  We ensure that children are aware that these positive relationships also apply online through E-Safety and the Computing Curriculum.

Our RSE Practice (Implementation)

Throughout school we use the National Curriculum to plan objectives. We then use the 'Life to the Full' scheme to plan lessons and activities, as well as using a wide range of teaching and learning resources. :



At St Joseph’s we believe the teaching of RSE is effective when:


  1. We develop and practice skills of resilience and other attributes, including character traits such as helping pupils to believe they can achieve, persevere with tasks, work towards long-term rewards and continue despite setbacks.

  2. We develop confidence in talking, listening and reflecting about feelings and relationships including how friendships can support mental wellbeing.

  3. Children know the importance of relationships including healthy relationships with family and friends.

  4.  They are able to correctly name parts of their bodies and how they function.

  5. They can protect themselves and ask for support whenever necessary.

  6.  They are prepared for puberty including relationships and health.

  7. They can discuss and challenge the different examples they are presented with.

  8. They now where to seek advice.

Our RSE Outcomes (Impact)

The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.

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