Having learnt and developed a strong sense of self in previous RSHE modules, Key Stage 4 introduces faith appropriate sexual education. This approaches physical intimacy as a precious gift to create new life, and more than just an expression of love and affection. Years 10 and 11 also look at the place human life and love have in modern day society, and how to support both with Christian beliefs.
Sexuality and our Relationship with God go hand in hand and we explore what it means to be fertile, in both senses of the word. We map out the things we are grateful for, starting with life itself and working out the things which God has gifted to us.
Sexuality is a gift from God and so we should be conscious about who we share that gift with. We can love other people without giving ourselves fully to them, and without leaning in to the pressures of the media, social media and pop culture.
We are all in control of our own thoughts and decisions. We have free will and the power to take decisions into our own hands. Knowing what is ‘right’ plays a large part in this and us being able to voice our opinions in a clear and decent manner.
We revisit past lessons and learn how we can best think for ourselves. One of the earlier lessons was about joy versus pleasure and it is still relevant in this lesson. We learn how to make informed and intuitive decisions that will enrich lives as opposed to offering a temporary fix or sense of enjoyment.
Below you will find an excerpt from our Key Stage 4 RSHE curriculum, scroll through to see the lessons for Module 10f and Module 11b.