St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9NP
Tel: 01634 371892
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Prestidge

RSE Curriculum Intent

At St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, exploring the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, looking after ourselves, different families and learning about human sexuality and health. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes and to give them the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds.



RSE is taught as explicit lessons through our use of the Ten:Ten Life to the Full scheme as well as through links with PSHE and Science; it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and within day-to-day life of the school.

In PSHE, RSE is specifically covered in Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing and in Core Theme 2: Relationships. The Year 5 Science Programmes of Study: ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ also cover statutory requirements. Other elements of RSE are also covered in the Religious Education curriculum; our RE programme - Come and See, links with aspects of Education for Personal Relationships.

Children are taught RSE by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house CPD to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support.

The RSE curriculum has been mapped out clearly across 3 modules which ensure coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children.

Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they build with those around them.



The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally.

We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the best possible outcomes across all year groups. This ensures that we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships as well as a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future.

Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, build and maintain positive, respectful relationships with others.

RSE – Relationship and Sex Education is taught at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School through our PSHE curriculum (PSHE policy) and through the “Life to the Full” programme (Education in Human Love Policy).

Life to the Full Programme Structure

Life to the Full follows a three stage structure – repeated across four different learning stages – EYFS, Key Stage 1, Years 1 and 2; Lower Key Stage 2, Years 3 and 4 and Upper Key Stage 2, Year 5 and 6 

Within each learning phase there are three modules developed from the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum:

•       Created and loved by God

•       Created to love others

•       Created to live in a community

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