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RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) and RHE (Relationship and Health Education) together are known as RSHE. 

RSHE is an integral aspect of our school curriculum and one that encompasses all that we aim to achieve through our mission statement and core values; to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be caring people, responsible citizens and to lead healthy lives.

Matthew’s Gospel (22:37-40) says

'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.’

As such, we must treat ourselves as vessels of God’s love, and treat others with the same love and respect. These principles perfectly match with the central values of the RSHE curriculum- we learn how to respect and take care of ourselves in both our bodies and in our relationships.

Therefore, RE and RSHE are often integrated when taught, for example through:

  • the use of themes such as Baptism and Confirmation as a way to understand friendship, belonging, supporting others;
  • the parables and scripture as ways to lie our lives by and
  • Catholic Social Teaching to understand themes such as stewardship, global citizenship, human dignity or poverty.

RSHE also complements the teaching in Science, Online Safety, Design and Technology (cooking and nutrition) and Physical Education.  When we formed our curriculum, the St Dunstan’s drivers were incorporated into the curriculum.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

We use ‘Journey In Love’, a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is one of the Diocesan recommended programmes of study for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, RSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.

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

RSHE Overview of Learning

Journey In Love Curriculum Overview