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What we teach and how we teach it

Child with love heart

Love

From friendship to relationships and every kind of love in between. Throughout our syllabus, we explore what love means and how that relates to the love we have for ourselves and of course, the love we have for God. All made in His image, it is important that we are able to relate our lives and love back to Him.

Key Stage 2 – In the younger years, we teach about loving God, ourselves and our families, what it means to love and the different ways we can show that.

Key Stage 3 – Using the same teachings we have already built, we begin to explore the other side of love, and look at tolerance and acceptance of all people, no matter how different they are to us. We explore bullying and being compassionate and kind during these lessons too.

Key Stage 4 – Self love and loving others are both very important and it is at this stage that we introduce the idea of romantic relationships and what it is that they mean, how they can effect your life and the ways in which to navigate these new feelings.

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Personhood

Shaping the person we will be in the future by examining personhood and how we navigate our way through life and the people we will meet along the way. What does it mean to be tolerant and why should we avoid discrimination? Personhood teaches what it means to be a good and rounded person.

Key Stage 2 – Discussing personhood at this age can be tricky, that is why we make it as easy as possible, getting children to think about what makes them different and what makes them unique.

Key Stage 3 – During these years we are able to get a little deeper into the discussions of the fundamental things that make a person good or whole. We openly discuss subjects and scenarios whereby students offer their opinions and we talk about the different influences in our lives be them positive or negative.

Key Stage 4 – In the later years, we take everything we have discussed and learnt on personhood and bring it all together, looking at what makes a good person and how that relates to our own sense of personhood, treating others with the respect and decency we would expect to be treated with and recognising people from different backgrounds with different beliefs to our own.

Man and woman in couple hugging

Relationships 

Happiness and relationships go hand in hand. Knowing which relationships add value to our lives is key and getting to know the people we let in. Friendships and marriage are just two of the relationships we delve into across the syllabus and we discover how relationships should be nurtured.

Key Stage 2 – We start by talking about the relationships with family and friends. The love for you have for your parents and grandparents, and how those relationships came to be. We start to talk about friendships and the value that they bring, but we get into this more at KS3.

Key Stage 3 – Friendships are a huge part of our lives but knowing which ones bring and add value to your life is vital. We discuss what a valuable relationship is and start to introduce the idea of being appropriately vulnerable.

Key Stage 4 – During Key Stage 4, we explore sexual relationships and how those should be respected, considered and navigates with care and deep thought. Using social media and texting in an appropriate manner are also covered here as well as not leaning into peer pressure and other negative influences.

Bringing faith and science together

Faith and Science

How do faith and science interlink and how can we look at both perspectives together? Our modules cover the two and provide resources and knowledge on how the two sit closely.

Key Stage 2 – It’s a big subject for such a young age but we fully believe in the importance of these being taught and spoken about together. Through engaging and interactive lessons, we start to discuss the two different theories and how, in fact, they are part of the same bigger plan.

Key Stage 3 – We open up for discussion a little more in Key Stage 3 and aid the understanding that faith and science are not two separate entities in their teachings. From the development of human beings to how God creates all living things and being made in His image, there are many things to explore and learn on this subject.

Key Stage 4 – We welcome discussion and debate throughout all our lessons, and this topic is no exception. There are lots of crossover areas that prove that faith and science are more interlinked than most think. Key Stage 4 is a chance to open up the floor and have open and honest discussions about what each young person believes and how they work that into their everyday lives.

Child showing respect to teacher

Respect

It is important to know that people are different and that is something to celebrate. We learn how to appreciate and respect others as well as knowing when it is appropriate to be vulnerable, so that we can grow in our own sense of being.

Key Stage 2 – Respecting others is important, even if you don’t agree with them or they do not share your same moral standpoint. Respect is a huge part of personhood and so we look at how to accept others for the person that they are and how they can be a part of your life.

Key Stage 3 – Respecting yourself is one of the most important things that we teach. At this age, young people are likely to be finding their own corner of the internet and meeting new people. It is important that they know what it is to be appropriately vulnerable and which parts of their lives and selves they should be sharing openly with other people.

Key Stage 4 – Developing on what was taught at Key Stage 3, the next stage of respect will talk about consent in a sexual sense, learning what consent is, why it is important and how to respect yourself and other people when faced with these situations and scenarios in adult life.