Relationships Education

Ten:Ten Life to the Full.

At St Monica’s, Relationships and Health Education is taught as part of a holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life. Catholic Schools are required to deliver Relationships and Health Education in accordance with the teaching of the Church. Relationships and Health Education is part of the mission of Catholic schools to educate the whole person.

In line with Diocesan protocols, St Monica’s have introduced a new scheme of work – Ten: Ten Life to the Full. The Catholic Education Service have approved the Catholic Relationships and Sex Education curriculum that we have adopted across our primary school. This curriculum is also in line with the guidance issued by the Department for Education.

At St Monica’s the Relationships and Health Education curriculum is covered using a range of different resources throughout the year, these include: The RE curriculum, the Science National Curriculum, The Computing National Curriculum, PSHE lesson planning, our Statements to live by, NSPCC resources and the CES approved programme ‘Ten:Ten Life to the Full’ which promotes the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Education Service accentuates that any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue.

The Programme, ‘Ten: Ten Life to the Full’ is Northampton Diocese’s recommended resource for the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education because it is compiled specifically to present a Catholic vision. In each year group, an aspect of love is explored and developed starting from Early Years to Key Stage Two. Young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love reflected in each person under three key modules: Created and Loved by God; Created to Love Others; Created to Live in Community.

Each of the three modules are underpinned by specific themes (units) which are revisited and built upon in a sequential and age-appropriate manner.

ModulesCreated 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 relationshipsCreated to Love Others explores the individual’s relationships with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this unit explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships.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.
UnitsReligious understanding
Me, My Body, My Health
Emotional Wellbeing
Life Cycles
Religious Understanding
Personal Relationships
Life Online
Keeping Safe
Religious Understanding
Living in the Wider World

The above units are taught within the context of family life promoted within the teachings of the Catholic Church, whilst ensuring that there is no stigmatism of children based on their home circumstances. Our teaching sensitively recognises that some children may have a different structure of support around them.

A more detailed overview of the curriculum can be found in the policy, in the parent booklet and online at

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St Monica’s staff will hold a parent information evening each year to share the resources we use to teach the RSHE curriculum. The presentation from the most recent information evening can be downloaded from this page along with the parent information booklet and the school’s policy.