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• Is anything else more important to me than God? People or things or activities?
• Do I speak to God throughout the day? When I wake up, before meals, before I go to sleep?
• Do I remember to thank God for the good things I have done or received?
• Do I ask God’s Holy Spirit to help me to live like he wants me to?
• Have I used the words ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ in anger, or with a lack of respect?
• Have I used bad language?
• Do I go to Mass on Sunday, unless I have a good reason?
• Do I focus on God in Mass, or think about other things and distract people?
• Do I help my family to keep Sundays as a day of rest, or do I make things difficult through
• Do I love and respect my parents (or carers)?
• Have I treated them badly through what I’ve said or done?
• Have I talked back to my parents?
• Am I willing to help around the house? Do I actually do the chores I’ve agreed to do,
without being nagged?
• Do I try to get along with my brothers and sisters? Do I treat them as I would want to
• Do I try to give good example, especially to younger brothers and sisters?
• Do I respect others in authority: babysitters, old people, teachers, priests?
• Do I beat people up and hurt their bodies?
• Do I say mean things, or make fun of people to upset them?
• Do I egg people on to do bad or naughty things?
• Do I respect everyone, including those that are different to me?
• Do I respect my body as a gift that God has given me? Do I respect other people’s bodies?
• Do I watch or read things that I know are bad for my soul and mind?
• Do I dress and speak appropriately, remembering I am a child of God?
• Have watched images or video online that I know I shouldn’t have watched?
• Do I keep the promises that I have made to God?
• Have I taken anything that belongs to someone else?
• Have I stolen someone else’s idea or copied their homework?
• Do I give back things I borrow when I agree to? And do I look after those things, so that I
can give them back in good condition?
• Am I honest, do I always tell the truth?
• Or do I lie to make myself look good, or to get out of trouble?
• Have I lied to make someone else look bad or get into trouble?
• Do I play fairly or have I cheated at games?
• Do I gossip and spread rumours about other people?
• Am I faithful to my family and friends?
• Am I jealous of my brothers or sisters?
• Do I want all my parent’s attention for myself?
• Am I willing to share my things and my time with others?
• Am I happy with what I have and not jealous of the things my friends have?
• Have I nagged my parents into buying things because my friends have them?
• Do I share my things with others when they need them?
• Am I grateful for the things I have?
I’m sorry for all the bad things I have done, which don’t fit with how you designed me to live.
I’m sorry for when I haven’t respected you. Thank you for making me and loving me.
Please forgive me and help me live more in line with your plan to love, be loved and make
Take a moment to survey your body, adjusting it to make it as comfortable as possible.
Now turn your attention to your breath. Breathe in through your nose and be aware of the breath as it fills your lungs. Your stomach should push out like a balloon being blown up. Without stopping, breathe out through your nose. Your stomach should fall naturally as air leaves your lungs. Relax and focus on the rhythm of your breath.
Imagine that a butterfly has landed next to you.
It flies up and then lands on your left thumb. It jumps from your left thumb to your second finger… then your third finger… then your fourth finger… and then your baby finger.
Then it flies up and sits on your left wrist… then your lower left arm… then your upper left arm… and then it settles on your left shoulder.
Then the butterfly moves to the left side of your waist… down to your hip… your thigh… your knee… your lower leg.
The butterfly lands on your left heel… then the top of your foot… then your big toe… your second toe… your third toe… your fourth toe… your little toe.
Then the butterfly moves over to your right side.
It starts on your right thumb. It jumps from your right thumb to your second finger… your third finger… your fourth finger… your baby finger.
Then it flies up and sits on your wrist… your lower right arm… Your upper arm and then it settles on your shoulder.
Then the butterfly moves to the right side of your waist… down to your right hip… your right thigh… your right knee… your lower leg.
The butterfly lands on your right heel… the top of your right foot… your big toe,
your second toe, your third toe, your fourth toe, your little toe.
Now the butterfly flies up and sits your forehead.
And it whispers to you very gently:
‘You are made by God.
He cares about you.
He cares about what you think.’
Then the butterfly moves to your ear and says:
‘God cares about what you hear.’
Then the butterfly hovers above your eyes and says:
‘God cares about what you see.’
Then the butterfly sits on your nose and says:
‘God cares about what you smell.’
And finally it settles on your lips and says:
‘God cares about what you say and write.’
After a moment, the butterfly moves back to your forehead and whispers again:
‘You are made my God.
He cares about you.
So look after yourself and keep yourself safe, inside and out.’
Focus back on your breathing. As you breathe in, remember what the butterfly said, that God made you. As you breathe out, remember that God cares about you. Take a few moments to think about that as you breathe in and out.
Now slowly wiggle your toes and fingers and come back to your body. Slowly blink your eyes open.
Matthew 6: 26-34
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow seed nor reap the harvest nor gather the crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by worrying can add one hour to the length of your life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not work nor do they spin wool to make clothing, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendour dressed himself like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is cut and thrown as fuel into the fire, will He not much more clothe you? Therefore do not worry or be anxious, saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But first and most importantly seek His kingdom and His righteousness (that is, His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God), and all these things will be given to you also.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Thank you for giving me everything I need to survive.
Thank you for looking after me and my family.
Help me to follow your way of doing and being right.
Take a moment and place your hand on your chest – near your heart if you know where it is! Take some breaths in and out and notice how your body feels as you breathe.
Our bodies are amazing. Even now, as I speak, your blood is pumping round, your heart is beating, your lungs are breathing, your brain is thinking and there are a million other ways your body is working right here and right now – you are alive and well and you hardly even think about it. Look at your hands and notice all the little lines and patterns in the skin. They are just yours – they are completely different to the person sitting next to you and different from everyone’s. You are unique and amazing!
Not only is your body working but your mind and feelings are working too. Think for a moment about how you are feeling – maybe peaceful, maybe curious, maybe a bit tired, maybe happy, maybe sad. Isn’t it amazing that we can feel and think so many things?
Can you separate your feelings from your body? No! Our body and our feelings are completely connected. How we feel in our body affects our feelings. If you are ill and your body is aching, you might feel sad and fed up. If you are outdoors in the sunshine and having fun, you might feel happy and relaxed. Our feelings and our bodies are completely connected.
At the very centre of our feelings and bodies, God is there. He lives in us in our hearts, minds and bodies – he lives in us by His Holy Spirit. We can call this our Spiritual life – our life with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. How amazing – we are body, feelings and spirit and God made it all.
Say these words after me: Lord, thank you that I am awesomely and wonderfully made!
Altogether: Lord, thank you that I am awesomely and wonderfully made!
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UKS2 Module One: Created and Loved by God explores the individual. Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding picks up the story of Kester which has been told throughout the Ten Ten programme since Key Stage One. Through the three-part story and discussion sessions, Kester experiences (and therefore introduces) the topics and themes for the rest of the work covered in Module 1: Created and Loved By God. He develops a deeper understanding of why he was made and why he must grow, and this learning is referred back to throughout Module 1 as the religious application: that puberty is part of God’s loving plan for creation.
Teaching across the rest of the units in this module is based on our own TV drama series, Paradise Street. Please read ‘How to Lead Paradise Street sessions’. In Unit 2 – Me, My Body, My Health, children will learn to celebrate differences between people as enriching to a community and know that their self-confidence should arise from being loved by God. They will learn about the physical changes that boys and girls go through during puberty and how they should respect and take care of their bodies as gifts from God.
Genitals are also mentioned here, but not named and identified. You might like to revisit the LKS2 M1.U2.S3 Appendix 2 Parts of the Body worksheet as an extension activity.
Continuing through the Paradise Street series, Unit 3 – Emotional Well-Being helps children learn about pressures that they may experience from themselves, others and the media. Children will develop ideas on how to build resilience through thankfulness, use simplified CBT techniques to manage their thoughts, feelings and actions and cope with new or difficult feelings such as romance and rage. The final session in this unit covers how children may be affected by what they see online, including pornography.
In Unit 4 – Life Cycles, children will learn about God’s design for creating new life through a more nuanced understanding of menstruation, fertility, conception, fetal development in the womb and childbirth. An optional session talks about sexual intercourse within the context of marriage being God’s plan for the place of sex within a relationship.
KEY DECISION: Talking about Sex. This is a very sensitive topic and the session should only be run if it has been approved and agreed by the school’s governing body in consultation with parents. Teaching about sexual intercourse is not part of the statutory curriculum. The session can be omitted without detracting from the journey of the overall programme. A separate parents-only version of this session has also been provided to allow parents the opportunity to introduce these matters at their own time and choosing. This lesson upholds and supports the teaching of the Catholic Church on sex and marriage whilst also discussing other types of relationships.
(This module is not included as part of the trial)
UKS2 Module Three: Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding explores in greater detail the world of Trinity House (first introduced in Key Stage One), where children will hear and discuss an allegorical story for the three part community of love, the Trinity with the endpoint of discussing the Trinity as it might be communicated in a church setting. Children will learn that the Trinity demonstrates the perfect loving community, and we are called to emulate this self-giving and self-sacrificing love in our communities.
Building on learning from Lower Key Stage Two, Unit 2 – Living in the Wider World teaches children some of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching from Together For The Common Good, which will help them to fulfil their purpose of making a difference in the world around them. Teaching includes the common good, the human person, social relationships and stewardship.
UKS2 Module Two: Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding is not included as part of the trial.
Through a series of short sketches from presenters Zoe and Joey, Unit 2 – Personal Relationships aims to equip children with strategies for more complex experiences of relationships and conflict. This includes sessions that help children to identify and understand how to respond to spoken and unspoken pressure, the concept of consent and some practical demonstrations of this, and further teaching on how our thoughts and feelings have an impact on how we act.
Unit 3 – Keeping Safe builds on the NSPCC Share Aware resources used in Lower Key Stage Two, equipping children to make safe and sensible decisions about what online content they should/shouldn’t share, cyberbullying and how to report and get help if they encounter inappropriate messages or material. The final session in the unit moves into the real world and considers the four types of abuse: sexual, physical, emotional and neglect. Children will know how to spot each type of abuse and who they can go to for help.
Paradise Street is an original drama series for Upper Key Stage Two which follows the story of 4 friends – Finn, Leyla, Marcus and Siobhan – who have different personal and social experiences related to growing up and puberty. Each episode lasts about 10 minutes and is followed by a time of teacher-led discussion with the pupils. Each session also includes an episode of “Delving Deeper into Paradise Street” in which two fun presenters explore the issues in the drama and provide some teaching for pupils (which also acts as guidance and support for teachers). Each concludes with a time of personal writing in a Module 1 Workbook which will help the pupils to digest and personalise the teaching.
LKS2 Module Two: Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding tells the parable of The Prodigal Son, showing that God loves us, and nothing we can do will stop Him from loving us. Children will also learn about different types of sin, and the importance of forgiveness in relationships.
The sessions in Unit 2 – Personal Relationships help children to develop a more complex appreciation of different family structures, develop healthy relationships with family and friends and learn some strategies to use when relationships become difficult. Teaching also covers how to recognise discrimination and bullying, both physical and emotional. Children will learn strategies to develop resilience and resist pressure.
Unit 3 – Keeping Safe incorporates some of the excellent NSPCC Share Aware resources, as well as teaching on bullying and physical, emotional and sexual abuse through a series of animated stories.
LKS2 Module One: Created and Loved by God explores the individual. Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding picks up the story of Kester which began in Key Stage One. Through story and discussion, children will learn that they are designed for a purpose and how they should live in light of this. A second session unpacks the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation as a foretaste of heaven and a wonderful part of our relationship with God.
In Unit 2 – Me, My Body, My Health, children meet animated character, AJ, who will reappear throughout this scheme of work. In this unit, children will learn to celebrate similarities and differences, and to appreciate and look after their bodies as gifts from God. Teaching also covers specific physical and emotional changes during puberty, and that growing from boys and girls to men and women is part of God’s loving plan for creation.
KEY DECISION: Puberty. We advise waiting until Year 4+ for the two sessions on Puberty and Changing Bodies, but recommend that a decision is made locally about the best time and place for the teaching of these sessions. Refer to the school’s RSE Policy and the school’s Programme Coordinator to establish this.
Unit 3 – Emotional Well-Being helps children to understand the difference between feelings and actions, how to manage them and what they can do to help themselves stay emotionally healthy. In this unit, media is discussed as a ‘fake reality’ and God’s love for us is presented as a better basis for our self-confidence. Finally, children will identify unacceptable behaviours and learn to build resilience against negative feelings by practising thankfulness.
Returning to an allegorical story from Kester’s Adventures which establishes that we were handmade by God with our parents help, Unit 4 – Life Cycles explores the miraculous nature of human conception and birth and offers an opportunity for thanksgiving. Sexual intercourse is not discussed in this session.
LKS2 Module Three: Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding explores in greater detail the world of Trinity House (first introduced in Key Stage One), where children will hear and discuss an allegorical story for the three part community of love, the Trinity. Children will learn that as they are made in God’s image, they too are created to live in community.
(Not included as part of the trial) In Unit 2 – Living in the Wider World, children will learn some of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching from Together For The Common Good, which will help them to live in communities in the way God intends. Teaching includes the common good, the human person, social relationships and stewardship.
KS1 Module 2: Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding begins with an adapted version of the Prodigal Son story to show children that God loves us, and nothing we can do will stop Him from loving us.
In Unit 2 – Personal Relationships children once again meet Super Susie, who helps them to identify the Special People in their lives who they love and can trust. In further sessions, children will learn how to cope with various social situations and dilemmas, and the importance of saying sorry and forgiveness within relationships.
In Unit 3 – Keeping Safe, Super Susie helps children to tell the difference between good and bad secrets. This unit also explores the risks of being online by incorporating the ‘Smartie the Penguin’ resources from Childnet, and teaching on physical boundaries, incorporating the PANTS resource by the NSPCC.
KS1 Module Three: Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding tells the parable of the Good Samaritan and an allegorical story called Trinity House (which children will revisit in later Key Stages) which simply explains the concept of the Trinity – God as a three in one community of love. These stories show children that God made us to be in loving relationships with one another.
Unit 2 – Living in the Wider World helps children to learn about the different local and global communities that they are part of, and what rights and responsibilities come with belonging to these communities.
KS1 Module One: Created and Loved by God explores the individual. Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships:
Unit 1 – Religious Understanding introduces children to the allegorical story of Kester, a young boy who is searching for his Maker. The five-story sessions encourage children to understand that they are created by God out of love and for love. Children will revisit Kester’s story at the end of this module and also in later Key Stages.
Building on this knowledge, Unit 2 – Me, My Body, My Health encourages children to celebrate similarities and differences between people, including our God-given bodies and the things they enable us to do! Teaching is also included on maintaining personal hygiene and the physical differences between boys and girls.
o KEY DECISION: Genitalia. In Unit 2 Session 2, there is an optional section for discussing external body parts (genitalia). Teachers leading this session should refer to the RSE Policy in the school and your school’s Programme Coordinator to establish whether discussing genitalia is appropriate for the age and stage of their children.
Over the three sessions of Unit 3 – Emotional Well-Being, children will meet presenters Jayden and Josie and fictional character Super Susie. They will help children to understand and articulate their own changing feelings and how other people’s feelings might differ from theirs. Children will learn how they can manage their feelings and about the consequences of their actions.
Unit 4 – Life Cycles returns to Kester’s story, to show that God created us to follow the cycle of life and He loves us at every stage. Children will learn about the specifics of the human life cycle and celebrate how they have already changed and grown.
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