COS3.1 Communicates confidently in a variety of situations
PSS3.5 Suggests, considers and selects appropriate alternatives when resolving problems
Values and Attitudes
V1 Refers to a sense of their own worth and dignity
V3 Enjoys a sense of belonging
Catholic Dimension/Towards Wholeness (TW) (Also refer to overview of TW for this unit)
Human beings find their true place within community; they grow towards maturity through the relationships they maintain. We all depend on each other and, as we mature, we grow in awareness of our responsibility for each other. Alone and isolated we cannot develop our gifts and live as God intended. Among family, friends, members of our peer group and others, we find our place as contributing members of society. It calls us all to enter freely into loving and forgiving relationships that are embedded in community, to develop such qualities as honesty, respect, empathy, openness and a commitment to equality.
Growth and Development
God has created each of us to grow into the fullness of life. We are made in God’s image and therefore, we are of inherent dignity and worth. Our sexuality is an intrinsic part of ourselves, to be celebrated and expressed with joy and responsibility, according to God’s plan. Each person grows and changes, passing through stages on a journey towards full maturity. God is with us on this journey, reassuring and challenging. We are never alone.
Students examine key factors that contribute to a balanced lifestyle and keeping safe and healthy. They examine nutritional information, disease prevention and the effects of drugs on the body and they identify behaviours that impact on wellbeing. Students assess the safety of situations in home, school, water and road environments and identify appropriate responses. They describe and practise a range of personal safety strategies that could be used in threatening or abusive situations. They take responsibility for personal decisions, recognising the effects that decisions have on self and others.
Students describe the factors that influence personal identity and examine the physical, social and emotional changes that occur during puberty. They devise strategies for coping with change, grief and loss. They value the differences between individuals and challenge discrimination and harassment. Students value different roles and responsibilities in relationships, the importance of communication and they practise positive ways to deal with conflict.
The following websites have been selected to enhance various concepts being taught throughout this unit. Most of the sites listed can be linked to more than one of the lessons being taught. Teachers may like to add them to the school intranet site. Some of the following sites have a great deal of information and it is important for the teacher to choose sections that are relevant to the needs and maturity of his/her class.