JOURNEY IN LOVE
Here at St.Patrick’s, we are committed to providing a rounded education for your children. 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.
As children progress through school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. This thirst for learning new things in all aspects of life is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe, stimulating environment for learning; supporting all children in their development. Our mission statement which drives the school, attempts to achieve this goal following the Gospel values of truth and respect, understanding our journey as children of God, both special and unique.
Central to our work within the school is learning about our faith, including understanding ourselves, our position in our community and how we develop as human beings – our spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. This is how A Journey in Love fits in to the school’s curriculum. The scheme permeates through all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality; a guide to the children’s development as young Catholics.
As you would expect, not all issues related to personal development are covered by the end of Year 6. The content is age appropriate and is taught with sensitivity, taking into account the children’s level of maturity in regard to the delivery of the lessons.
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 detailed overview for your child’s year group is included in the slideshows below. Please click on to find out more. The values that will be taught are integral to what we want for our children at St.Patrick’s- to be able to form healthy and resilient relationships as they journey through life. An old Hebrew Prayers sums this up:
For each of us, life is like a journey.
Birth is the beginning of this journey,
And death is not the end; but the destination
It is a journey that takes us
from youth to age,
from innocence to awareness,
from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom
from weakness to strength and often back again,
from offence to forgiveness, from pain to compassion,
from fear to faith
from defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,
Until, looking backward or ahead,
we see that victory does not lie at some high point along the way,
but in having made the journey, stage by stage.
Below are video slideshows of the course content for each year group.