St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education)and RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education)


Subject Coordinator: Ms Murphy


At St Polycarp’s our aim is to give pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain, to help pupils manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.

At St Polycarp’s our personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society. As a Catholic school, we have adapted parts of the Jigsaw programme in line with guidance from our diocese. We teach RSHE using the Journey In Love programme.

As members of a class and school community, children learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to learn about their own and other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. They go on to learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it.

As they progress through the school, they develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions.

Support, reassurance and encouragement is given as the older children experience the changes associated with puberty. We aim to help the children to prepare for transition to their secondary school as seamlessly as possible.

PSHE/RSHE resources


RSHE Statement

A Journey in Love


A Journey in Love is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.

Throughout A Journey in Love, an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each 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.

As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.

A Journey in Love highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education at anytime if you wish to do so.

Reception: The Wonder of being special and unique

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 us in our changing and development

Year 6: The wonder of God's love in creating new life

RSHE policy 

RSHE/PSHE resources

A Journey in Love

Journey in Love - an overview 

           RSHE - A Presentation for Parents