Lesson for RE
Session 1: The Search for Love
This RE lesson begins the Year 9 module by exploring the search for love that is part of human nature, but is not ultimately satisfied by another human being, however wonderful this may be. Pupils will learn that human love is a sign of the “greater love” of God. This leads to an exploration of the Church teaching of sex as a gift from God, and that sexual intercourse is the most intimate expression of human love that should be delayed until marriage.
Lessons for RE or PSHE
Session 2: Love People, Use Things
Building on the teaching in RE about sexual intimacy, this session explores some key issues for Year 9 pupils regarding sexual desire, casual sex, pornography and masturbation. It will empower pupils to love people and use things, rather than the other way around.
Session 3: In Control of My Choices
This session helps pupils to understand the difference between love and lust and the importance and benefits of delaying sexual intimacy. Pupils will recognise, clarify and, if necessary, challenge their values, attitudes and beliefs, and they will understand how these influence their choices.
Session 4: Fertility and Contraception
Through interviews with experts and testimonies from couples, pupils will learn about methods of managing conception for the purposes of achieving or avoiding pregnancy and the difference between natural and artificial methods. They will also be taught the Church’s teaching on contraception and the value of life, and the specifics of how different contraceptives function.
Session 5: Marriage
In this session, pupils will discuss various types of committed relationships (e.g. civil marriage, civil partnerships, forced marriage, monogamy, etc) leading to teaching about the nature and importance of sacramental Christian marriage. Pupils will also be encouraged to consider their own future relationship plans and give thought to developing the virtues they will need.
Session 6: One Hundred Percent
In this lesson, pupils will learn about non-physical and online consent (physical consent and sexual exploitation are covered in the next session). They will learn that consent given under pressure or coercion is not true consent.
Session 7: Knowing My Rights and Responsibilities
The final session of this programme explores issues around physical consent and sexual exploitation. It also explores wider human rights and responsibilities, and the tensions between human rights law and cultural/religious expectations.