'A Journey in Love' PHSE Curriculum :
Sex Education Programme at St Mary's
'A Journey in Love' has as its foundational premise the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God's gift, reflect God's beauty and share in the divine creativity.
"God's love for us is fundamental for our lives, and it raises important questions about who God is and who we are." Deus Caritas Est 2
In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self knowledge.
An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in each year group; children 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.
"Love is the light - and in the end, the only light - that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God." Deus Caritas Est 39
As agreed by the Governing Body, the following is the programme index for each year group from Reception through to Year 6.
|Reception:||God loves each of us in our uniqueness|
|Year 1:||We meet God's love in our family|
|Year 2:||We meet God's love in the community|
|Year 3:||How we live in love|
|Year 4:||God loves us in our differences|
|Year 5:||God loves me in my changing and development|
|Year 6:||The wonder of God's love in creating new life|
For each of us, life is like a journey.
Birth is the beginning of this journey,
And death is not the end; but the destination
It is a journey that takes us
from youth to age,
from innocence to awareness,
from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom
from weakness to strength and often back again,
from offence to forgiveness, from pain to compassion,
from fear to faith
from defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,
Until, looking backward or ahead,
we see that victory does not lie at some high point along the way,
but in having made the journey, stage by stage.
Adapted from an old Hebrew Prayer