At St. John Vianney we are committed to the education of the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes the teaching of RHE and PSHE at a level which is appropriate to the age and stage of development of our children.
We believe that the teaching about human love and relationships must have the teachings of Jesus at its core and promote Catholic virtues as well as equipping all children with the clear and scientific information they need to maintain successful and happy relationships and healthy minds and bodies. We actively promote British values in order to ensure our pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.
We teach PSHE & RHE in a variety of ways. We have dedicated curriculum time/lessons, where teachers, using the St John Vianney Seeking Growth Together scheme as well as Life to the Full, deliver pupil-led lessons with an emphasis on active learning techniques such as discussion and group work, in line with our oracy, metacognition and P4C approach.
We use TenTen to deliver our HRE programme. This resource is approved by Catholic dioceses throughout England and Wales. The scheme is underpinned with a Christian-faith understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families and all the sessions are age-appropriate and meet the needs of all pupils in the class.
The Life to the Full programme is based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. Therefore, we have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of the children of St. John Vianney.
We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and it is our job as a school to support them in that vocation. With this in mind, our HRE scheme of work went to consultation with parents and governors prior to introduction, with feedback considered before launching the programme.
Seeking Growth Together
At St John Vianney Catholic Primary School, we develop and promote ‘Seeking Growth Together’. This is achieved through Gospel Values, British Values and the Sustainable Development Goals throughout our school and within our curriculum.
‘We are made in the image of God,
and through Jesus we seek to grow
as a caring Catholic community in faith and love;
knowledge and understanding;
aspiration and independence;
using the talents we have been given
to achieve the best we can.’
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
To do this our children will develop;
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discriminationOur Mission Statement ‘Seeking Growth Together Through Jesus’ reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. At St John Vianney, we plan to learn more and take action.