Our Mission Statement commits us to the education of the whole child (spiritual, physical, intellectual, moral, social, cultural, emotional) and we believe that sex and relationship education is an integral part of this education. Furthermore our school aims state that we will endeavour to raise pupils’ self-esteem, help them to grow in knowledge and understanding, recognise the value of all persons and develop caring and sensitive attitudes. It is in this context that we commit ourselves to “positive and prudent” sex and relationship education” It is characterised by a whole person, whole school, and developmental approach thus setting it firmly within our distinctively Christian vision of education.
Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DFE relationships and sex education will be firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils. It is centred on Christ’s vision of being human as good news and will be positive and prudent, showing the potential for development, while enabling the dangers and risks involved to be understood and appreciated. Relationship and Sex Education is taught in Years 6, 4 and 2 at Christ the King.
In partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a “positive and prudent sexual education” which is compatible with their physical, psychological and spiritual maturity.
To develop the following attitudes and virtues:
- reverence for the gift of human sexuality and fertility
- respect for the dignity of every human being – in their own person and in the person of others
- joy in the goodness of the created world and their own bodily natures
- responsibility for their own actions and a recognition of the impact of these on others
- owning and valuing their own sexual identity and that of others
- celebrating the gift of life-long, self-giving love
- recognising the importance of marriage and family life
- learning how to be faithful in a relationship
To develop the following personal and social skills:
- making sound judgements and good choices which have integrity and which are respectful of the individual’s commitments.
- loving and being loved, and the ability to form friendships and loving relationships free from exploitation, abuse and bullying
- managing emotions within relationships confidently and sensitively.
- managing conflict positively, recognising the value of difference
- cultivating humility and learning to forgive and be forgiven
- developing self-esteem and confidence, demonstrating self-respect and empathy for others.
- building resilience and the ability to resist unwanted pressures, recognising the influence and impact of the media, Internet and peer groups and so developing the ability to assess pressures and respond appropriately
- being patient, delaying gratification and learning to recognise the appropriate stages in the development of relationships within the context of a proper understanding of chastity
- assessing risks and managing behaviours in order to minimise the risk to health and personal integrity
To know and understand:
- the Church’s teaching on relationships and sexual love
- the physical and psychological changes that accompany puberty
- the facts about human reproduction, how love is expressed sexually and how sexual love functions as an essential and sacred part of procreation