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Welcome to the St Marie's RSHE page:


" I have come that you might have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)


"A journey in Love" in the RSHE scheme that we use at St Marie's Catholic Primary School. It is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study of Catholic schools for RSHE, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE, Science curricula taught within school. 


As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Each lesson is taught with sensitivity and takes into account the children's level of maturity. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of each lesson and again these are treated with care and understanding. 'A Journey in Love' highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss lessons at home. 


As a parent you have the right to withdraw you child from Sex Education at any time if you wish to do so. However, this is not to be confused with the topics around Relationships, PSHE and Science which is now a statutory requirements. 


Thank you so much for all your contributions to the parental questionnaires sent out in October 2021. Your feedback is invaluable, has been reviewed and actioned. See below for summary. 


Many thanks, 


RE Coordinator.  

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide RSHE

“God created man in the image of himself. And so it was that God saw all he had made and indeed it was very good” Genesis 1: 27


The national curriculum for RSHE aims to ensure that all pupils are able:

St Marie’s is a Catholic school and our teaching is based on the knowledge that God is present in each member of our school community. We demonstrate respect for each person created by God. Our approach to relationship and sex education therefore is rooted in the Catholic Church's teaching of the human person and is presented positively and prudently.


At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit in communion, united in loving relationship and embracing all people and all creation.

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide a suitable programme that follows the statutory need to include RSHE into their curriculum from September 2020 which meets the ethos of its Catholic identity and mission.


The purpose of this Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) policy is to set out the ways in which the school’s provision supports pupils through their spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life growing up in today’s world.

Our School’s mission embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people, and through an agreed approach to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) using the Archdiocesan recommended resource ‘Journey In’ Love 2020 we believe that we can promote the development of the whole child, so that children can grow in virtue, wisdom and stature, understanding both the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing spiritually, as well as moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life.

We aim:

  • To encourage pupils’ growth in self-respect, acknowledging, we are all created in the image and likeness of God
  • To help pupils develop an understanding that love is the basis of relationships
  • To help pupils understand the nature of the relationship and to encourage them to reflect on their own relationships and respect differences between people
  • To develop pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships
  • To help acquire the skills necessary to develop and sustain relationships
  • To offer sex education in the wider context of relationships
  • To ensure that pupils protect themselves and ask for help and support when needed
  • To ensure that pupils are prepared for puberty
  • To help pupils to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle

To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens and to understand the Catholic vision of what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom/ reign of God.


Relationship and Sex Education (RSHE) is taught both discretely and within the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum lessons.  Some aspects of the RSHE curriculum may be touched upon in other lessons as it shares links with Religious Education, Science and Physical Education.

Our implementation of RSHE will ensure that content is relevant to the age, experience and maturity of pupils. The new statutory guidance for Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:


  • Families and people who care for me.
  • Caring friendships.
  • Respectful relationships.
  • Online relationships.
  • Being safe.


These areas of learning are taught within the context of ‘family life’ and could include married or single parent families, same sex parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures, along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a support structure around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).

As a school, we promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations. Our school environment uniformly applies values of inclusion and respect to all pupils and their families.  All staff are proactive in promoting positive relationships and receive regular training.

We ask that the children are recording one/two high quality pieces of work throughout the teaching of Journey in Love.  We feel that these pieces should be taken from the suggested activities from the JIL book or a reflection of the children’s learning (taking the form of a prayer or thought)


We are dedicated to ensuring that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum so that they feel ready for the challenges ahead at each next stage in life. The impact of implementing our RSHE curriculum in the way that we do allows the children to know that they are supported, have a voice, are listened to and loved by God.

A record is kept in teachers’ planning of the delivery of RSHE. The programme is assessed, monitored and evaluated by the subject leaders in accordance with the school’s monitoring and evaluation policy. Pupils are given the opportunity, at an appropriate level, to self-evaluate. Our PSHE books are passed up each year so the children can see their own progression through the subject. We hope that the children come away from each lesson prepared and supported as they grow.