Religious Education & RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)

Subject Team: Miss Mulholland, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Clayton and Miss Guy

We aim to provide a caring, Catholic community in which each pupil may come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and the way in which it seeks to express the significanceof human life. In partnership with the home and parish, we strive to accompany our pupils as they travel on their faith journey. We believe that the relationship with God should be deepened through elements of prayer and worship, which are woven in to the life of the class, the whole school and the wider community.

We follow the religious programme for primary schools 'Come and See'. As the name suggests, it is an invitation to exploration and a promise of life for everyone. The programme is based on Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. The programme is underpinned by the theology of Vatican II, starting with Revelation - God Speaks. 'Come and See' is developed through three themes which are generally explored each season in greater depths. In addition, other faiths are explored to enable the children to develop a wider understanding of the faiths that are followed in their world.

RE Overview 2017 - 2018

RE Summer 2018


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 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.


At St Mary’s we feel that Religious Education runs right through the whole of our school life. St Mary’s has a clear mission to provide the best possible Catholic education through its ethos, character and identity. Our school Mission Statement, Love, Learn, Laugh, Live, underpins the life of our school and the community. We believe that in promoting the Catholic life of the school, we effectively educate our pupils on their spiritual journey. You can help your child on their journey at home by exploring these websites.