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Sexuality Education


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 ZHENGHUA Primary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2017

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 ZHENGHUA Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2017: 

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 & 10

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 & 10

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 & 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 9 & 10

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 9 & 10

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 9 & 10

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 9 & 10

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  2 Week 9 & 10


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 5

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 5

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 5

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 5

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 5

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 5

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 5

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 5


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 Term 2 and is also downloadable here . A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by end of Term 2.

10.       Parents can contact the school at zhenghua_ps@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.