The Intent of our RSE Curriculum at St Francis Xavier
At St Francis Xavier, we believe that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of a child’s education so they can ‘Live life to the full’. We endeavour to ensure RSE is faith sensitive, inclusive and inspiring. Children explore how we are created and loved by God, created to love others and created to live in community. Through RSE our children understand the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships. They understand how to show respect, love and care for others as well as themselves. Our RSE curriculum helps to foster pupil well- being, confidence, self-esteem and develop resilience, values that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.
Year 2 and 3 had a visit from the Fire Safety Team who taught the children about what to do in the situation of a fire. We discussed what a smoke detector is, what we should do if our clothes catch fire and we also explored safety rules within cars. Here are the children’s responses.
"We learn that when you catch on fire you have to stop, drop and roll."
"I learnt that if your pets are inside the house, which is on fire, we shouldn't worry because the fire fighters will get them for you (not you)."
"I liked the session because it told me how to be stay safe."
"I know I need to call 999 in case of an emergency if there is a fire."
"I know if there is a fire in your house you shout fire help."
In RSE, we have been looking at how each and every individual child is unique, and they all have unique talents. The children chose to express their talents through the medium of drama.
Year 4 explored the Gospel story of Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter. The story was repeated in various ways, and through times of discussion, imaginative reflection and creative response, the children learnt that they are created by God out of love and for love: they were designed for this purpose, which should inform how they live. The class created storyboards to show the sequencing of the story of Jairus' daughter.
Year 5 reflected on the similarities and differences between individuals in the class. We understand that children we are all unique, with different family set-ups, gifts and talents. Finally we created self-portraits with ‘I am…’ statements around the outside with the title of the portrait ‘I am loved by God’.
Year 2 have been singing the song ‘God Made You, God Made Me’, celebrating that God loves us all individually and we are all part of one big family.
Year 3 created prayers for the passing of our Majesty the Queen. We thanked God for her duty and long reign over our country and hoped that she has been reunited with her late husband Prince Philip in the kingdom of Heaven.
Nursery have been learning lots in RSE. We have been looking at how God created the world and talking about how we are God's children and are all special! Children enjoyed acting out the story using actions.
Here are some amazing examples of what Year Two have created in their RSE lessons.