2. Overview

In this Unit we will look at the structure and broad content of the programme from EYFS to Year 6. This structure 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 for Education in England.

Life to the Full’ and ‘Life to the Full Plus’ aren’t just a series of lesson plans for teachers to follow: we have created an entire platform of creative resources which we hope will engage, inform and inspire you, your child, their peers and teachers. This includes:

  • Interactive video content
  • Story-based activities
  • A wide range of teaching tools
  • Original worship music
  • An accompanying programme of classroom prayers
  • A ‘Parent Portal’ for parents to engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children.

Learning Stages

The programme adopts a spiral curriculum taught across 4 Learning Stages:

Modules

Each learning stage covers the same 3 Modules, which take their names from the three themes of the CES Model Curriculum:

Units

Each Module also covers the same Unit topics across each Learning Stage. Within each Unit there are a number of planned sessions which are to be led in the classroom.

Programme Content

The programme adopts a spiral curriculum approach so that as a child goes through the programme year-after-year, the learning will develop and grow, with each stage building on the last.

Video

This short video below gives you a snapshot view of some of themes, lessons and media content. If you would like to spend more time reading the text in the film, you can read the film slides beneath the video.

Film Slide Text

It might be easy to see prayer as an optional extra, or an ‘if we have time’ activity. However, the tenth principle that Ten Ten has identified for a Catholic RSE programme is this:

#10 – Prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments fuel the teaching

We believe that it is impossible to teach a Catholic RSHE programme without the fuel that makes the motor run: a Catholic RSHE programme has to have prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments at its foundation – creating opportunities for pupils, teachers and parents to develop their prayer life and grow in a deeper relationship with the person of Jesus.

This is why prayer is integral to ‘Life To The Full’ and has been included in every Module for every year group. 

Building on the wealth of experience we have gathered through our Collective Worship programme (for more information on this, click here), we have provided unique prayers for each Unit of the programme.

Throughout all key stages there is a prayer for each Unit, which children will repeat and become familiar with. 

There is a wide variety of prayer styles – traditional set prayers such as the Glory Be, prayers by Saints, opportunities for silence, body scan meditations, daily examinations of conscience, listening to scripture and simplified versions of Lectio Divina. We encourage teachers to use these prayers daily during the period they are teaching a unit. 

In this way, we hope that children’s hearts and minds will be aligned with the faithful vision of the programme throughout the period of time they are working on it.

Take a look at the following examples:

Music

As well as spoken prayers, opportunities for silence and lots of other prayer styles, we’re delighted to be working in partnership with One Life Music, a Catholic music ministry for primary schools. 

We have licensed some of One Life Music’s most popular songs and also commissioned new songs, to align with every Module in the programme. 

These 9 songs are like the ‘soundtrack’ of ‘Life to the Full’. They are pitched age-appropriately and either relate directly to the sessions for the module, or provide a Spirit-filled focus, which is particularly helpful when teaching some of the heavier or more sensitive topics.

These songs will be used:

  • To help children reflect on their learning
  • To encourage children to engage with prayer times
  • To sing along with to reinforce learning
  • To encourage emotional and spiritual connection to the curriculum content
  • To learn and perform as a class, perhaps making videos to send home
  • To sing with their families at home!

You can access these songs through the Online Parent Portal, which we will talk about in the next Unit.

Assessment

Children will complete ‘Assessment Activities’ before and after each Unit to assess the success of teaching through the progress of their learning.

Next, we will explore what it means for parents to be their child’s ‘first educators’.

To proceed to Unit 3: First Educators, click below.

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