Our RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) curriculum across the school seeks to prepare our pupils for the exciting, diverse, and sometimes challenging situations that they experience, and will go on to experience in their future lives. Our curriculum is designed to equip the children with the skills they need in an ever-changing world by covering both the personal skills needed to develop healthy relationships that are vital, within the broader context of citizenship and the values of democracy and community. We believe that by showing children what these healthy relationships look like, of the rights of the child and how to gauge their own mental health and wellbeing we are equipping them to navigate the modern and sometimes uncertain world with its social media, unrealistic expectations and other potentially harmful external influences.
As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and culture development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which the parents are the first educators of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.
Our programme of study:
In the academic year 2020/21, Relationships Education and Health Education became statutory in all primary schools in England. This new subject builds on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in RSE.
As a school we have researched various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten:Ten resources. Ten:Ten is an award winning Catholic education organization that is well respected and very experienced in this field. We have previously used this in conjunction with E4S (Education For Safeguarding), but will be replacing this with 'Life to the Full Plus' in September 2023, as this is a comprehensive programme aligned to our Catholic values.
Life to the Full has been approved by our Diocese. Furthermore, Ten:Ten have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Diocese for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. We are confident that the programme is a very good fit for our children at English Martyrs school, and we can see the positive impact it is having on our children.
Throughout their programme, Ten:Ten understand the foundational role that in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer.
The PDF below gives information about the three core themes or 'modules' of Life to the Full Plus and details of what the children will be learning about in Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. Please do contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding this.