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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Trust

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RSHE Curriculum

We use a blended approach to teaching RSHE at St. Joseph's by using ‘Life to the Full’ as our main programme of study and supplementing it with additional teaching and learning

from ‘A Journey in Love’.



Life to the Full is a fully resourced Scheme of Work in Relationships and Health Education (RHE) for Catholic primary schools which embraces and fulfils the new statutory curriculum.


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, life cycles, the dangers of social media, 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. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.

A Journey in Love




A Journey in Love is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools Relationship and Sex 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 the school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. The thirst for learning new things is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe and stimulating environment for learning and supporting all children in their development.


A Journey in Love supports children in growing and developing healthy and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, for this is happen children must be at ease with themselves and grow in self knowledge.


Throughout ‘A Journey In Love’ an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each 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 suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically toward an understanding of successful future relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self-knowledge.


The following is an outline of what each class covers:


RECEPTION - God loves each of us in our uniqueness

YEAR 1- We meet God's love in our family

YEAR 2- We meet God's love in the community

YEAR 3- How we live in love

YEAR 4 - God loves us in our differences

YEAR 5 - Gods loves me in my changing and development

YEAR 6 - The wonder of God's love in creating new life


RSHE Parents Meeting - Autumn 2021

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RSHE Parent Meeting Autumn 2021



St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Trust

The Broadway, Barking. IG11 7AR