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Sexuality Education

31 January 2017(i)            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;

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’s Sexuality Education.


OVERVIEW OF ST ANDREW’S JUNIOR SCHOOL’S SED PROGRAMME IN 2015

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. Health Education
d. 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 refreshed 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 SAJS, the following lessons from the GY series will be covered in 2017:

Primary 5 and 6

Target Level & lesson to be conducted

Topic Lessons

Lesson Objectives

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

P6

Term 1

Wk  4, 5 & 6

How do I keep myself safe?

What is safety? *(1/2h)

Stop it! Run! Tell!* (1/2h)

by  Mr Kevin Ng  and

Mrs Andreatte Loh

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

protect  themselves  by  resisting  and  removing  themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult

know their  responsibilities  in  minimising  the  risk  of  sexual harm

P6

Term 1

Wk 7, 8, 9

Are We More than Friends?

Who are my friends?

Am I a good friend?

by Mrs Angela Lim  and

(Mr Yeo PS) (1 hr)

identify the qualities of a healthy friendship

recognise the importance of making wise choices in friendship

identify the qualities that they have as a friend

recognise  the  importance  of  developing  in  oneself  the qualities of a good friend

P5

Term 2

Wk 1, 3, 5

Gosh! I Am Changing

What is happening to me? (1/2h)

What can I do (Part 1) (1/2h)

by  Mr Khairil &

Mrs Catherine Yew

know what puberty is

identify the physical changes during puberty

identify the stresses caused by physical changes during puberty

describe  ways  to  manage  the  stresses  caused  by  physical changes during puberty

P5

Term 3

Wk 4, 6, 7

Gosh! I Am Changing

What can I do (Part 2)?

Main task ( Q & A) (1 h)

by Mrs Joanne Yak &

Mr Adrian Chia

identify  the  stresses  caused  by  physical  and  emotional changes during puberty

describe  ways  to  manage  the  stresses  caused  by  these changes during puberty

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.

P5

Term 3

Wk 8, 9, 10

Where I Belong

What are Families?

What is my role?

(1 hour)

by Mrs Lynette Wong

& Mdm Ngin Chor Hong

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

know that gender is about being male or female

choose not to stereotype by gender

P5

Term 4

Wk 1, 2 & 3

Friends or Foes?

Are you really my friend?*

Is it all Safe?

Main task (Q & A)

Survey

(1 ½ hour)

by Mr Samuel Zhang

& Mr Jasper Chiang

know  that  some  information  (like  pornography)  received through the Internet may be harmful

know ways to keep themselves safe when using the Internet

identify the pros and cons of forming relationships through social networking websites

know  ways  to  keep  themselves  safe  when  using  social networking websites

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.

P6 Term 4

Ref to post exam schedule

Are we more than Friends?

What is love? *

Am I falling in Love?

Main Task

Survey

Q & A (1 ½ hour)

Mr Norman/Mr Matthew Ong  

(*Enhanced package w.e.f.  Sept. 2015)

identify the characteristics of love and infatuation

distinguish between the characteristics of love versus infatuation

identify strong feelings arising from infatuation.

manage strong feelings arising from infatuation

identify ways to manage and cope with teasing from peers

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.


Information For Parents

8. Parents can opt their children out of the sexuality education programme.

9. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years 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 form teacher by 31 January 2017 for all P5s.

10. Parents can contact the school at SAJS@moe.edu.sg or 6288 4303 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

11. The GY programme will be conducted by the CCE Department teachers and School Counsellors . Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.