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A 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.

 

As children progress through school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. This thirst for learning new things in all aspects of life is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe, stimulating environment for learning; supporting all children in their development. Our mission statement which drives the school, attempts to achieve this goal following the Gospel values of truth and respect, understanding our journey as children of God, both special and unique.

 

Central to our work within the school is learning about our faith, including understanding ourselves, our position in our community and how we develop as human beings - our spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. This is how A Journey in Love fits in to the school’s curriculum. The scheme permeates through all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality; a guide to the children’s development as young Catholics.

 

As you would expect, not all issues related to personal development are covered by the end of Year 6. The content is age appropriate and is taught with sensitivity, taking into account the children’s level of maturity in regard to the delivery of the lessons.

 

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.

 

Below is more detailed information of the course content.

Nursery

WONDER AT GOD’S LOVE

-The children will begin to know and understand that they are part of the wonder of God’s love and creation.

 

Reception

GOD LOVES EACH OF US IN OUR UNIQUENESS

-The children will know and understand that God has made them unique and that although we are all different we are all special to him.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.

 

Year 1

WE MEET GOD’S LOVE IN OUR FAMILY

-The children will know and understand that they are growing and developing as members of their own family and God’s family.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.

 

Year 2

WE MEET GOD’S LOVE IN THE COMMUNITY

-The children know and understand that they are growing and developing in a God-given community.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.

 

Year 3

HOW WE LIVE IN LOVE

-The children know and understand the virtues essential to friendship e.g loyalty, responsibility… and experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.

 

Year 4

GOD LOVES US IN OUR DIFFERENCES

-The children will know and understand that they are all different and celebrate these differences as they appreciate that God’s love accepts us as we are and as we change.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual. The children will also look at the physical differences between boys and girls, men and women. They will also look at the growth of a baby from conception – 20 weeks.

 

Year 5

GOD LOVES ME IN MY CHANGING AND DEVELOPMENT

-The children will know and become aware of the physical and emotional changes that accompany puberty – sensitively, mood swings, anger, boredom, etc. And grow further in their understanding of God’s presence in their daily lives.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual. The children will also look at the physical differences between a boy and a man’s body parts (Same for girl and women). They will also learn about menstruation.

 

Year 6

THE WONDER OF GOD’S LOVE IN CREATING NEW LIFE

-The children will develop, in an appropriate way for their age, an understanding of sexuality and grow further in their appreciation of their dignity and worth as children of God.

-The children will explore the above learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual. The children will also look at the physical differences between men and women in more detail. They will also learn about the act of sexual intercourse within a loving relationship, conception and the process of having a baby.

 

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