At St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, our intent for our HRSE (Human Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum is to educate the complete human person, to ensure that children gain the knowledge and understanding of intellectual, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, eschatological (our eternal destiny) and moral developments they will encounter throughout their childhood and into adult life. We wish for children to have: a positive attitude about their own bodies, which have been created in God’s image; deepen a loving relationship with God; foster an understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church about how to live a full life, a life of virtue and the place of human sexuality in living a full life, marriage and parenthood; understand how to show respect to others and be able to sustain healthy relationships with all people they meet. We encourage children to have their own voice, to think deeply and reflect on their life choices and how these choices may affect others around them.
‘Together with parents we aim to create a safe and positive learning environment where the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church are fundamental to the whole life of the school. A place where we value the uniqueness of all members of the school community and there are opportunities for all to realise their full potential.’
At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, we are inspired by Jesus to be the very best we can be. We look after one another and show respect and love through our relationships with one another. Jesus is invited into our hearts. In the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us to lead a full life with him by explaining what makes people blessed or happy. This is about understanding how loving our neighbour enables us to be happy too. Therefore, having a good relationship with ourselves and the other people in our lives makes us grow and flourish and we respect that everyone is a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. We are all children of God, called to grow in love for him through the person of Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News through the action of the Holy Spirit.
At St. Anthony’s we follow the Ten:Ten resources scheme, ‘Life to the Full’. This is a programme that is supported by the Diocese of Lancaster and ensures all National Curriculum, statutory content is covered. The entire scheme is underpinned with a Christian faith 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. 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 well-being, 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. It is envisaged that this programme will be taught in discrete lessons weekly, in cross curricular lessons, particularly R.E. and Science and fundamentally embedded in the ethos of the school through assemblies, classroom discussions and the centring of all relationships in school on the person of Jesus Christ. It should be taught as part of a broad and balanced curriculum and allow children to express alternative beliefs and viewpoints where they hold such views. HRSE will be taught at an appropriate level in each age range using a wide range of teaching strategies and resources.
Along with the head teacher and governing body, the co-ordinator will monitor that HRSE is being taught in each year group, evaluate how well it is being taught and notice the well-being of the students. This will be done through observation, sampling work and collecting evidence through photographs, display work etc.
Through our HRSE curriculum, we hope that our children at St. Anthony’s will become respectful, responsible, caring children, who have a loving relationship with God, themselves and others around them. We aim to ensure all children have a full understanding of how to live a full life, maintain healthy relationships and the place of human sexuality in living a full life, marriage and parenthood. We wish for all children to adopt these teachings and those of the Gospel into their lives outside of the classroom and into their lives through to adult life. When children are ready to leave St. Anthony’s to continue their education, we hope that they have gained a deep understanding of their own bodies, relationships and the love God has for them.
The Church recognises parents as the first educators of their children, this view is fully supported by school and our HRSE scheme ‘Life to the Full’.
The parent consultation period is now closed. Thank you to those parents/carers who responded for your positive replies and support.
Any parents/carers of new students who have recently joined our school, can still access the parent consultation tool online by following this link. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HRSE Lead, Miss Quarmby or the Head Teacher, Mrs Ballard.
All parents can follow the link below to find information about what your child is learning in their year group and how you can support this learning at home with some suggested home learning activities.
Access the Parent Consultation Tool here: www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-consultation-primary
You will need the following login credentials for our school: