Journey in Love is the programme we use at Stella Maris for Relationships and Sex Education. It’s all about helping the children to grow and develop towards an understanding of successful future relationships – and to do that, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self-knowledge.
Love is an art to be learned. It is a giving experience, a selfless act. Every experience of love gives us yet another glimpse of the meaning of love in God himself. Human love is the instrument we can use to explore the mystery of love which God is.
Cardinal Basil Hume
The following is an outline of what each class covers – in each class the children will explore the learning objective through these 5 areas: Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.
Reception – Imps Class
GOD LOVES EACH OF US IN OUR UNIQUENESS
The children will know and understand that God has made them unique and that although we are all different we are all special to him.
Year 1 – Pixies Class
WE MEET GOD’S LOVE IN OUR FAMILY
The children will know and understand that they are growing and developing as members of their own family and God’s family.
Year 2 – Elves Class
WE MEET GOD’S LOVE IN THE COMMUNITY
The children know and understand that they are growing and developing in a God-given community.
Year 3 – Hobbits Class
HOW WE LIVE IN LOVE
The children know and understand the virtues essential to friendship (e.g loyalty, responsibiliy) and experience the importance both of forgiving and being forgiven and of celebrating God’s forgiveness.
Year 4 – Dragons Class
GOD LOVES US IN OUR DIFFERENCES
The children will know and understand that they are all different and celebrate these differences as they appreciate that God’s love accepts us as we are and as we change.
Year 5 – Griffins Class
GOD LOVES ME IN MY CHANGING AND DEVELOPMENT
The children will know and become aware of the physical and emotional changes that accompany puberty – sensitivity, mood swings, anger, boredom, etc. And grow further in their understanding of God’s presence in their daily lives.
Year 6 – Unicorns Class
THE WONDER OF GOD’S LOVE IN CREATING NEW LIFE
The children will develop, in an appropriate way for their age, an understanding of sexuality and grow further in their appreciation of their dignity and worth as children of God.