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RSE Relationship and sex education and health education 

From September 2020 all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Sex Education.  Relationships and Sex Education is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development.  It is designed to equip children with knowledge to make informed decision about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.  At Holy Innocents'  our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church.  


We believe that RSE is an integral part of the curriculum, as the skills and understanding will equip our children for their futures and become successful, happy members of society. We aim to provide a Catholic environment, which will enable each child to grow in understanding in order to reach their full potential; spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically and socially.



At Holy Innocents we have chosen to use the programme Life to the Full by Ten:Ten Resources is used throughout the school to deliver RSE curriculum through the prism of Catholic teaching.  The programme structure of Life to the Full is based on a ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education.  (See Statutory Guidance Mapping to see detailed information about where these DFE Statutory Objectives are met in the Life to the Full programme.)   Life to the Full programme focuses on using story as a means of encouraging children to reflect on their own experiences and experiences of others; to help them make more informed decisions about who they are and how they can relate to others.   


A range of teaching strategies and learning styles will be used in delivering this programme with an emphasis on story and drama.  These will include: · Circle time and class discussion · Role-play and drama · Visits and visitors when appropriate · Group work Pupils are supported in applying the skills they are learning, in real-life situations as they arise: eg resolving conflicts; working a part of a group on a project.


The programme pathway (Programme Pathway #2) delivers the programme over 3 terms on a 2 year cycle.  This means that the learning stages (EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2) are spread over 2 years and there is little repetition of content year-on-year.   These sessions are comfortably timetabled into the school curriculum with time and space for extended learning where necessary.  Pre-school, Year 1,3 and 5 undertake 'Module 2: Created to Love Others'.  Reception, Year 2, 4 and 6 undertake 'Module 1: Created and Loved by God'.  All years undertake sessions from 'Module 3: Created to Live in the Community'.


In Life to the Full we follow a four-stage structure which is repeated across four different learning stages: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.  Within each learning stage, there are three Modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum.  Each module is broken down into Units of Work.

Module 1

Created and Loved by God


Religious Understanding

Me, My Body, My Health

Emotional Well-being

Life Cycles

Module 2

Created to Love Others


Religious Understanding

Personal Relationships

Keeping Safe

Module 3

Created to Live in Community


Religious Understand

Living in the Wider World


This Programme Pathway requires class teachers to plan lessons a little more carefully by ensuring that the content is age appropriate and that it is differentiated from previous learning. Extended Activities are provided on every session page of the website. Sometimes, these Extended Activities provide suggestions for activities to undertake which can increase learning (this might be particularly useful for Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6). 


Assessments are carried out at the start and end of each unit.  Feedback is provided to children during sessions and at the end if needed.  Children are encouraged to ask questions and there are opportunities for further support if needed. 

The Role of the Parent

Parents are involved fully as we recognise the foundational role that families have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Parents have access to a Parent Portal where they can see resources linked to what is being taught in school but will also give them the opportunity to engage their child in discussion, activity and prayer.



By the end of their time at Holy Innocents, all children will:

  • Have a respect for God and each other through the ethos of the school community and the teaching of the Gospel
  • Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • Understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • Have respect for others regardless of race, gender and mental and physical disability
  • Be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • Demonstrate self-confidence and self-esteem and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • Develop good relationships
  • Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life.

Our learners will be equipped with tools to maintain healthy and positive lifestyles with regard to relationships and their own personal identity. The most significant impact that we want for our pupils is the development of respect for themselves and others that truly enables children to ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10).




The Role of the Parent: We recognise that parents are the first educators of their children. Ten Ten Resources understands the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on relationships and health matters. Within the programme, there is an Online Parental Portal to keep parents informed about what is being taught in school. This will give them the opportunity to engage with their children in discussion, activity and prayer.