As a school we recognise that parents have the prime responsibility in teaching your children how to build healthy, loving relationships, but our catholic school also plays a vital part in supporting you as the first educators of your children. The Governors at Our Lady and St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School have adopted the programme to support the relationships and sex education throughout the school (Nursery to Year 6). The programme of study is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Below, there is a brief outline of the content of the programme which is also available on our school website.
A Journey in Love has as its foundational premise the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty and share in the divine creativity.
In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self- knowledge.
An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in an age appropriate way for each year group; children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary years through a series of progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
NURSERY: Wonder of God’s love
REC: God loves each of us in our uniqueness
Y1: We meet God’s love in our family
Y2: We meet God’s love in the community
Y3: How we live in love
Y4: God loves us in our differences
Y5: God loves me in my changing and development
Y6: The wonder of God’s love in creating new life.
If you require any further clarification regarding this aspect of the curriculum please contact the school.
Thank you for your continued support.