Here at Saint Catherine of Siena, we regard PSHE (personal, social, health and economical education) as an integral part of our curriculum. We inspire to make it an ambitious, knowledgeable, and inclusive subject that equips all children, no matter their ability or background, with the skills they require to be an active global citizen. As a school, we seek to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to excite our pupils to learn about how they can contribute to society and encourage child-led discussions.
In relation to the National Curriculum and our mission statement (we live, learn and grow in God’s love), we aim to provide a curriculum that celebrates the Catholic life of the school, which will enable each child to grow in their understanding so that they can reach their full potential: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically and socially. PSHE is thoroughly important in allowing children to succeed in many different areas of our school curriculum, as well as ensuring the skills learned are transferrable into the wider world.
By the end of their time at Saint Catherine of Siena, children should:
The areas covered in the PSHE and Relationships Education curriculum are:
Alongside these termly topics children will also take part in sessions for Mental Health Awareness and Mindfulness. Our PSHE curriculum also links closely with British Values and our Rights Respecting Schools, so that children develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We foster an approach of encouraging our pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and contribute positively to school and our
At Saint Catherine of Siena, we are involved in relationships and health education because of our Christian beliefs about God, especially how we strive to live in His image and likeness, and we seek to understand more about the human person. Our approach to RHE, therefore, is rooted in the Catholic Church's teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian beliefs.
At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in communion- which teaches us that we are united in a loving relationship and how we embrace all people and all creation. Because of the Christian belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, gender and sexuality are seen as God's beauty, and share in the divine creativity. RHE therefore, will be placed firmly within the context of relationships. Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DfE, RHE will be firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and is also an integral element to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of all our pupils, including those with SEND. It is centred on Christ's vision of being human as good news.
At our school, we use the Ten:Ten programme for Catholic primary schools, Life to the Full, to teach Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Catholic understanding of humans rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.
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, 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. 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.