Lesson for RE
Session 1: Who Am I?
The core religious understanding taught at the outset of this programme of work is that we are created by God as one whole person, both body and soul. Pupils will be encouraged to celebrate their uniqueness, value and dignity, which derive from God, and subsequently to recognise the respect they should have for themselves and others as persons.
Lessons for RE or PSHE
Session 2: Changing Bodies
Building on the religious understanding of the body, students will explore changes in puberty, including physical and emotional changes. They will consider how to look after and accept their changing bodies, including how to take responsibility for personal hygiene, and understand that there are different body shapes, sizes and personal attributes.
Session 3: Healthy Inside and Out
In this session, pupils identify what contributes to their self-esteem, and how high or low levels of self-esteem can affect their confidence and decision making. Building on previous exploration of body shapes and sizes, they will explore the effect of body image and learn techniques to help them increase self-esteem.
Session 4: Where We Come From
This session enables students to understand sexual intercourse within a scientific, moral and religious context, leading them in turn to a richer understanding of human reproduction, including fertility and the menstrual cycle.
Session 5: Family and Friends
In this session, pupils will learn the features of positive and stable relationships between family and friends. They will reflect on different family structures, explore how to deal with conflict, and understand the qualities of true friendship.
Session 6: My Life on Screen
Rooted in the RE teaching that we are made out of love for love, pupils will explore their digital lives and the effect our use of digital technology can have on ourselves and others. NB. This lesson should be taught in addition to a wider online safety curriculum, not replace it.
Session 7: Living Responsibly
Building on previous sessions’ learning about behaviour management, the final session of the Foundation (Year 7 – 8) Programme explores social responsibility and respect for self and others. It should inspire young people to be responsible and play a positive part in their communities.