Key questions schools and teachers have about A Fertile Heart

Here are some of the questions schools, teachers and MATs have about teaching A Fertile Heart.

What format does A Fertile Heart come in?

A Fertile Heart printed books can be bought from our online store, and the associated slide decks are accessed online with an annual subscription.

There is also the option of purchasing access to digital versions of the books allowing you access to the course whenever you want, on whichever device you prefer.

Our materials and books are designed and printed in the UK.

Do I need to be Catholic to teach A Fertile Heart?

Not necessarily.

Our commitment is to help shape the lives of young people everywhere. We do this by providing learning resources that are both educational and enriching.

Yes, A Fertile Heart is based on the teachings of Christ but is applicable to all. We cover diverse topics across the age range, ensuring our content is appropriate and informative.

As long as you are comfortable with references to Christ and more general theological statements, you’ll find the content within our course very inspiring and insightful.

Which years does A Fertile Heart cover?

Reception to Year 6 [Key Stage 1 & 2 in the UK] and Year 7 to 11 [Key Stage 3 & 4 in the UK].

Starting with the creation stories of Genesis, Jesus’ parables and Noah and Joseph, we introduce children to the idea of their creation by God, who wants them to grow. They are invited to cooperate in their growth – and to help others. We have contemporary stories, songs and other activities to aid interactive learning.

As we progress from infancy through to juniors, we highlight personhood, the relationship between children and parents, and what it means to be truly happy. We explore important topics such as freedom, tolerance, truth, love, beauty and reason. We also aim to help each child understand the importance of life-giving relationships and develop them. And finally, to help the children begin to understand their emotions and deeper desires, we take a look at the great diversity they will encounter within their lives. We gradually develop a union with God, each other and all creation.

The early secondary school phase modules begin with a comprehensive recap of the key points made in previous materials. They then explore appropriate vulnerability as a key to understanding all relationships. From there, we take a closer look at the key choices that we must make to grow as people. Both teacher and pupil reflect on adolescence, marriage, personhood and family. At this point, we deeply encourage children to love themselves amidst temporary confusion and avoid the many potential pitfalls of modernity.

Our modules for the older secondary phase focus on human sexuality and begin with the importance of trusting in one’s own inherent dignity and beauty. We explore thoughtfulness, stillness and patience so that the beauty of complementarity between masculinity and femininity can be more easily recognised.

There is an acute focus on authentic sexual expression as a communion of love between spouses. We take a look at how adolescence is an important time for getting in touch with the joy of fertility in every dimension and learning how our biology and our hormones affect us.

Together, teachers, parents, and children explore responding to suffering and being of practical service to others. The materials unpack the virtues of prudence, temperance, justice and courage so that older students on the verge of young adulthood can see how their moral choices share in God’s creativity.

An important element of this is knowing how to discern truth and not decide it for ourselves. This is the context in which we can affirm the unity of marriage, sex and family, the importance of being stewards of creation and how mercy and forgiveness are indispensable to human flourishing.