Education in Personal Relationships Policy (EPR)
(Including Sex Education)
The purpose of our school is to educate each child to develop and achieve their potential within a caring, Catholic community, governed by Gospel values
This policy document embraces all that underpins the Schoolʼs Aims & Objectives, and the School Mission Statement in its desire to provide for our children an education which truly helps to prepare them for life. It recognises E.P.R. as a partnership task (home & school working together to educate the child), it reflects a growing concern on the part of governors, staff and parents at the state of the world our children will inherit, and it promotes aspects of personal development regarded as fundamental to Christian behaviour :
- how we treat each other, how we speak to each other, how we care for and share with each other,
- how we see ourselves, how we value ourselves, how we promote ourselves,
- how we relate to family & friends, how we relate to adults & peers, how we relate to members of the wider community,
- the centrality of God to each of the above, the personal relationship we have /should have with Him, the example given to us by Jesus Christ.
Here at St Augustine’s we aim to develop in all children:
- self-respect and self-esteem (the ʻfeel-goodʼ factor about oneʼs self)
- a loving pride in oneʼs own family, and an active association with oneʼs parish community
- an understanding of true friendship
- healthy friendships within school, tolerance with peers, and (with older children) a pastoral attitude towards younger members of the school community as recognition that we all belong to the ʻfamilyʼ of St. Augustineʼs
- high codes of discipline arising out of respect for one another, respect for adults and respect for their school environment
- citizenship and stewardship in a world created by God
- a Christian love for all members of the wider family of God (a true understanding of “Love Thy Neighbour”)
- recognition that human love takes many forms
- an understanding of how human relationships grow and deepen through friendship, love and affection
- appreciation of the importance of the “unique” family unit (regardless of structure /composition)
- to recognise the value of parental partnership (sharing the role of bringing up a family)
- to appreciate the demanding responsibilities of parenthood and the sacrifices which parents have to make for the sake of their children
- to value every form of life and to value themselves within this framework.
Specifically on Sex Education we want our children....
- to celebrate life as a God-given gift
- to understand life cycles and life processes
- to appreciate the notion that God intended new life to be the result of a union between (mature) male and female
- (in humans) to associate love as a special feature of this union
- to celebrate their own uniqueness
- to know by name the various parts of the human body
- (with Year 6 pupils) to recognise, understand and prepare for the body changes that they (and their friends) will undergo in the years ahead (puberty).
How will we achieve our aims?
As an aid to educating the child in the ways of personal development and personal relationships the school has devised its own resource materials ~
“In The Beginning....” is a wholly Catholic life education programme covering
Years 1 - 6 and includes sex education as a key element of the programme. The scheme consists of a carefully structured series of pupil workbooks designed to be completed by the child, partly in school under the guidance of the class teacher, and partly at home alongside parents / guardians who are encouraged to involve themselves in the childʼs work through open discussion and assisting in the completion of each set task. It provides both teacher and parent with appropriate ʻstarting pointsʼ on which to build a greater understanding of
God, life and life processes, the sanctity of life, personal development, and the values underpinning socially acceptable behaviour.
Supported throughout by the Leeds Diocesan Guidelines (schoolʼs Religious Education programme) the children will grow to recognise love (in its many forms) as central to Christian philosophy, and as the basis of all meaningful human relationships.
But these schemes in isolation are not sufficient. Children will also learn on a day-to-day basis from the Christian example set by adults.
- the friendly school environment created by staff who work in the building
- the care we have and the patience we show towards children when dealing with accidents, incidents, disputes etc.
- the messages we give out through religious celebrations, assemblies, discussions, displays etc. which bring home to children the importance of the family unit, the protective love and care given by parents & guardians, and the ways children should respond to this love the way they should treat and relate to each other
- the hardship endured by less fortunate / third world communities and the means by which we can help
- tolerance, understanding and forgiveness in both work and play situations
- the friendly interaction we promote with other schools (sporting competitions, musical and choral performances etc.) and the willingness to share (and enjoy)
- the company of others on these occasions
- the encouragement we give and the standards we uphold in terms of
sportsmanship ....... fair-play, accepting decisions and taking both winning and losing in the same spirit
- our desire to respond to the needs of others
- the respect we have for and show to all members of our local & parish community
- our acceptance of (and inviting children to take up) the stewardship of a world created by God.
- as first educators parents are expected to lay the foundations for all acceptable patterns of behaviour, leading by example, and sharing with school the joint task of bringing the child through to the age of eleven with a balanced understanding of life and a healthy appreciation of the human relationships they may form in years to come
- as the childʼs “model”, to foster & nurture a strong and active Faith built on familiarity with God, the church, the parish community, the Sacraments and prayer.
Appendices to this policy provide further information about the schoolʼs EPR programme “In The Beginning....”, and its implementation across school.
This policy document was approved by the Governing Body on 20.9.16
It will be reviewed September 2017.
APPENDIX SUMMARY OF THE SCHEME
“ In The Beginning....”
May you be also the best of teachers.
The scheme is divided into two parts Infant (Key Stage 1) and Junior (Key Stage 2), and is held together by a common thread ~ CREATION ...
WE GROW TO KNOW THE GOD WE LOVE
THROUGH EXPLORING AND SHARING
HIS WONDERFUL WORLD.
The Infant part (Key Stage 1) is made up of two pupil workbooks :
- “In The Beginning” 2. “God Made Me”.
The Junior part (Key Stage 2) is made up of six pupil workbooks :
- “God ~ The Master Designer” 2. “God ~ The Caring Protector”
- “God ~ The Great Provider” 4. “God ~ The Friend & Neighbour”
- “God ~ The Image Maker( pt. 1)” 6. “God ~ The Image Maker( pt. 2)”.
SUMMARY OF PUPILS WORKBOOKS.
Infant Booklet 1: IN THE BEGINNING. Aimed at Year 1 pupils:
- presents Godʼs great plan - Creation
- it recognises all living things - divided into families and into MALE and FEMALE
- it presents the word SEX as a division of gender
- it shows families with adults & young, and eventually places HUMANS into this plan,
- it reminds us of the way God wants us to live together .. in friendship, in love, and in Him.
Infant Booklet 2 : GOD MADE ME. Aimed at Year 2 pupils :
- puts the child in the context of their own family, surrounded by LOVE & CARE
- it explores the individuality of the child and recognizes their VALUE
- it explores the human body, naming parts (including PENIS and VAGINA)
- it acknowledges our imperfections & encourages pride in being who we are ie. developing the “feel-good factor” about ones self
- it promotes HEALTH EDUCATION and focuses on experts who support our bodily needs, eg. doctor
- it explores actions, consequences & responsibility
- it develops GOOD CITIZENSHIP.
Junior Booklet 1 : GOD-THE MASTER DESIGNER. Aimed at Year 3 pupils uses FLOWERS as its main focus and develops
- male and female parts and functions
- pollination & fertilization, reproduction & life cycle
- our relationship with God through the Mass, Prayer & the Gospels
- the importance of communication
- good Citizenship & an “active” response to our Faith in support of the needy.
Junior Booklet 2 : GOD-THE CARING PROTECTOR. Aimed at Year 4 pupils uses FISH as its main focus and develops
- male and female identification (naming parts)
- homebuilding and courtship
- mating, laying of eggs (female) and fertilizing with sperm (male)
- aftercare, protection of young & life cycle
- life-dangers & protective help
- parental responsibility
- Stewardship & the care of a world given to us by God.
Junior Booklet 3 : GOD-THE GREAT PROVIDER. Aimed at Year 5 pupils uses BIRDS as its main focus and develops
- male and female identification (naming parts)
- courtship, homebuilding & life cycle
- mating, passing of sperm, fertilization of eggs inside the female
- shared responsibility of parenthood - incubation, feeding hatching, aftercare
- partnerships for life
- good friendships & bad peer pressure
- society & contribution
- Christ in our lives ; living our Faith.
Junior Booklet 4 : GOD-THE FRIEND AND NEIGHBOUR. Aimed at Year 5 pupils uses RABBITS as its main focus and develops
- male and female identification ( naming parts)
- courtship, mating, homebuilding, life cycle
- mating, internal fertilization via penis & vagina
- birth, feeding (suckling), aftercare of young, parental responsibility
- knowing yourself & how others might see you
- understanding true friendship & love,
- respect for others & care for those in need
- living the Gospels.
Junior Booklet 5 : GOD-THE IMAGE MAKER Pt. 1. Aimed at Year 6 pupils uses HUMANS as its focus and develops
- friendships and relationships via (late-teens) boy meets girl relationship which steadily develops - attraction, friendship, falling in love, engagement, planning a future, marriage, setting up home, having a family
- male and female parts and functions
- the act of making love (producing new life)
- life from the moment sperm meets egg
- the developing embryo / things donʼt always go to plan
- pregnancy ; associated care of both mother & child ; role of the father
- the joy of birth (a true celebration)
- human life cycle.
Junior Booklet 6 : GOD-THE IMAGE MAKER Pt. 2. Aimed at Year 6 pupils continues from the point of birth ( Booklet 5) and develops
- helplessness of a new born baby / need for support
- physical growth, support & decision making ( inc. problem solving)
- spiritual growth & the importance of the Sacraments
- the uniqueness of the individual through genes, family characteristics, outward appearances, inner feelings, attitudes towards others …. with Christ as our example (our role model)
- personal hygiene, resisting peer pressure ~ drugs, smoking & alcohol
- personal timelines - past, present and future
- age-appropriate relationships & activities
- a review of life / a time for making good decisions
- a call for God / Christ to enter our lives and help us to become as He intended us to be.