Intent St Benedict’s teaches Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church. We are embracing “the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life” by giving pupils knowledge “that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships” from school age to adulthood.
We use the Diocesan approved Ten Ten Life to the Full programme – from Reception to Year 6. Lessons are taught with a ‘spiral’ approach to learning, in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life. The programme includes teaching about personal health, physical and emotional wellbeing, strong emotions, private parts of the body, personal relationships, family structures, trusted adults, growing bodies, puberty, periods, life-cycles, the dangers of social media, where babies come from, an understanding of the Common Good, and living in the wider world. The entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen, and loved by God. It is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.
The RSHE curriculum at St Benedict’s teaches our pupils how to manage their emotions and understand what happens to them as they grow up, how to handle this, and where to go if they need help. Working closely with parents we are equipping them with the knowledge and emotional intelligence needed to be a healthy, happy and productive member of society, in an ever changing and fast-paced world.