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Personal Development


Personal Development Intent

The statutory requirements of RSHE are delivered through a wider PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) curriculum. We are calling this Personal Development.

Our teaching of Relationships, Sex, Health Education (RSHE) is rooted in our aim to create a Christian ethos of love; an ethos of growth – personally, as a member of the Church family, and with God. Our aim is to ensure that all children ‘let their light shine’ now and in their future lives.

The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, underpins the approach to all education in a Catholic school. Our approach to RSE therefore reflects the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person. We will nurture human wholeness and embrace the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people through ‘Journey in Love’ - an Archdiocesan recommended resource. We believe that we can promote the development of the whole child, so that children can grow in virtue, wisdom and stature, understanding both the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing spiritually, as well as moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life.

With an approach centred around the Gospel Values, we want all children and young people at St. Peter’s to have their spirituality, wellbeing, safety and emotional health enriched and supported by their experience at school. This includes promoting inclusivity within our communities, developing positive relationships, helping all children to feel safe and welcome in school and aiming to ensure that no child, young person, or family feels isolated. RSHE prepares our children and young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life growing up in today’s world. We recognise that our children are part of the wider British society, which is multi- cultural and multi-faith in its composition. We also understand that we have a crucial role to play in ensuring that our children become valuable and fully rounded members of society, who treat others with respect and tolerance and are fully prepared for life in modern Britain. We aim to teach, reinforce and develop our inherent British values of Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty, Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs, The Rule of Law and Democracy - both within our school practices and within our curriculum coverage.


Personal Development (RSHE) Whole School Curriculum Overview

A Journey in Love (RSE)

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 Sex and Relationship 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.

For information about A Journey in Love please read the 'Booklet for Parents'.  If you require further advice, please contact your child's class Teacher.

Our Personal Development Documents

The documents that we have available are: 

  • Curriculum Content 
    - This document shows the sequence of learning throughout each Personal Development topic.  
  • Knowledge Organisers
    - This document is for our children, it contains prior knowledge from previous learning, key vocabulary for each Personal Development topic as well as the key knowledge that will be taught throughout the topic.
  • Progression of Knowledge and Skills
    - This document shows how learning progresses in Personal Development from Foundation Stage right through to Year 6.
  • End of Unit Assessments 
  • - This document is used with the children at the end of each topic of work and is there to help the children know more and remember more as well as forming part of our teacher assessment.

RSHE Information Links

The below links contain information which our policy refers to. Further links can be found within the RSHE policy. Please click on each image to be taken to the relative website and document.

Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education


The Equality Act 2010


Useful Websites

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Personal Development Book Links

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