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Sexuality Education

 BENDEMEER PRIMARY SCHOOL

 Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

 1.       Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.

  

2.       The goals of Sexuality Education are:  

(i)  To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;  

(ii)  To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and  

(iii)  To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.  

 

3.       The key messages of Sexuality Education are:  

(i)  Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;  

(ii)  Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);  

(iii)  Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and  

(iv)  Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

 

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

 

 

Overview of BENDEMEER Primary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2016

4.       Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law. You may click here  for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

 

5.       The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include: 

a.)  Science

b.)  Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)

c.)  Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

 

Growing Years (GY) Programme : “Curious Minds (2 nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package

6.       The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty.  With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.

 

7.       The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2 nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes , build healthy relationships , especially online relationships, and exercise safety .


At Bendemeer Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2016 :

Primary 5        

  UNIT
LESSONS / DURATION   Lesson Objectives
At the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Gosh! I Am Changing

What Is Happening To Me?

(30 min)

    •   know what  puberty is
    •   identify the  physical changes during puberty

Term 2 Week 9

What Can I Do? (Part 1)

 (30 min)

    •   identify the   stresses caused by physical and   emotional changes during puberty
    •   describe healthy   ways to manage the stresses caused   by physical and emotional changes during   puberty
    •   describe the   emotions caused by physical changes   during puberty
    •   recognise that   one’s identity does not change even   when one’s body is experiencing change   due to puberty

Term 2 Week 9

What Can I Do? (Part 2)

 (30 min)

    •   identify the   stresses caused by physical and   emotional changes during puberty
    •   describe   healthy ways to manage the stresses caused   by these physical and emotional   changes during puberty
    •   describe the   emotions caused by physical changes   during puberty
    •   recognise that   one’s identity does not change even   when one’s body is experiencing change   due to puberty

Term 2 Week 9

Main Task

(30 min)

Description of the   Main Task: 

Pupils are to play the role of an Uncle/Aunt   Agony   to help a peer address his/her experiences during puberty. They will consider     the situation from the point of view of the peer and share ways to   help   him/her cope with the changes he/she is going through.

Term 2 Week 9

Where I Belong

What Are Families?

(30 min)

 

    • know that     there are different types of family structures
    • know that     every family is unique
    • state that the     three basic functions of families are to provide love, protection and     guidance
    • identify the     right sources of help to turn to when in need

Term 4 Week 8

Where I Belong

What is My Role?

 (30 min)

    • know that gender     is about being male or female
    • choose not to     stereotype by gender

Term 4 Week 8

How Do I Keep Myself Safe?

What is Safety?

(30 min)

    • know what     sexual abuse is
    • know that     there are laws in Singapore that can protect them from sexual abuse
    • know their rights     in keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse

Term 4 Week 8

Stop It! Run! Tell!

(30 min)

    • protect     themselves by resisting, removing themselves from harm and seeking help from     a trusted adult
    • know their     responsibilities in minimising the risk of sexual harm

Term 4 Week 8

        
Primary 6
  

UNIT

  
  

LESSONS / DURATION

  
  

Lesson    Objectives

  

At the end of the lesson, pupils    will be able to:

  
  

TIME PERIOD

  

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

  

Are We More Than Friends?

Who Are My Friends?

(30 min)

    • identify the qualities of   a healthy friendship
    • recognise the importance   of making wise choices in friendship

Term 4 Week 8

Am I A Good Friend?

(30 min)

    • identify the qualities   that they have as a friend
    • recognise the importance   of developing in oneself the qualities of a good friend

Term 4 Week 8

What is Love?

(30 min)

    • identify the   characteristics of love and infatuation
    • distinguish between the   characteristics of love versus infatuation
    • identify strong feelings   arising from infatuation

Term 4 Week 8

Am I Falling In Love?

(30 min)

    • manage strong feelings   arising from infatuation
    • identify ways to manage   and cope with teasing from peers

Term 4 Week 8

Main Task

 (30 min)

Description of the Main Task:  

Pupils are to   play the role of a game designer who wants to create a board game to help   pupils of their age learn more about the Big Idea of Relationships,   specifically on family, friendships, love and infatuation. They will   consider the issues that their peers would face and craft questions and   answers that they believe their peers would benefit most from knowing.

Term 4 Week 8

Friends or Foes?

Are You Really My Friend?

(30 min)

    • identify the pros and cons   of forming relationships through social networking websites
    • know ways to keep   themselves safe when using social networking websites

Term 4 Week 8

Is It All Safe?

(30 min)

    • know that some information   (like pornography) received through the Internet may be harmful
    • know ways to keep   themselves safe when using social networking websites or the Internet

Term 4 Week 8

Main Task

 (30 min)

Description of the Main Task:  

Pupils are to apply their understanding of Safety   in a variety of scenarios where the main character could be in a precarious   situation. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the   main character, discuss what they think and feel about the situation and what   they will do or say to ensure their safety.    These scenarios will provide pupils with the opportunity to   demonstrate their understanding of Safety and that safety is a right and a   responsibility.  

Term 4 Week 8

 

Information for Parents  

8.       Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

9.       Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here .   A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 17/01/2017 .

10.     Parents can contact the Sexuality Education Coordinator Mdm Aisha at 6298 2911 ext 227 or email her at siti_aisha_juraimi@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

11.     Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.