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Information on Sexuality Education Programme

YANGZHENG 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 Yangzheng Primary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2021

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 (2nd 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 (2nd 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 Yangzheng Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2021: 

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 1 Week 8

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 1 Week 9

What Can I Do? (Part 2)

 (30 min)

·       identify the stresses caused            by physical and emotion                  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 1 Week 10

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 4

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 2 Week 6

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 2 Week 7

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 2 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 3 Week 5


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 1 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 1 Week 9

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 1 Week 10

Am I Falling In Love?

(30 min)

·       manage strong feelings                    arising from infatuation

·       identify ways to manage and            cope with teasing from peers

Term 2 Week 4

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 2 Week 6

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 2 Week 7

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 2 Week 9

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 3 Week 5


Information for Parents

8.       Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programme 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 (Annex A Parent Opt Out Form 2021 (YZPS).pdf). A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 08/02/2021.

10.      Parents can contact the school’s SEd co-ordinator at 6284 6298 Ext 245 for a discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

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

Thank you.

 

Mrs Karpakam Sharath

Sexuality Education Co-ordinator