At Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, we believe that it is important for the children to be knowledgeable, at an age-appropriate level, about the changes brought about as our bodies grow. It is also important for the children to be prepared for the changes that adolescence brings as they approach this stage in their lives, drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the National Curriculum for Science. The content taught in Sex Education is appropriate for the age of the children in each year group.
Our inclusive Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum supports the objectives set out by the PSHE Association which meet the statutory requirements for Key Stage 1 and 2. It forms a core part of our comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) curriculum.
All aims for Relationships and Sex Education are taught through the Twinkl Life theme labelled ‘Relationships’. These lessons explore families and close positive relationships, friendships, managing hurtful behaviour and bullying, safe relationships and respecting self and others. All lessons cover content in an age-appropriate manner and they will be differentiated where appropriate, ensuring all children are able to participate fully.
In Year 4, Relationships and Sex Education is covered and taught through the ‘Growing Up’ section of the Healthy Schools Croydon- Sex and Relationships Education Scheme of Work. This contains suitable content for the children in Year 4 and covers appropriate Relationship topics for this age group. This includes ‘Change’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Support Networks’.
In Year 5, the class teachers deliver a Menstrual Health Education session in Term 6 through the ‘Rethink Periods’ resources. This is taught as a separate session for the girls in Year 5 only. Parents and Carers are invited to attend a presentation in Term 5 about the content being covered and are encouraged to share concerns and ask questions. Parents and Carers have the right to withdraw their children from this session and parents can make this clear to staff members via a letter which is distributed by the class teacher.
In Year 6, the children have a Sex Education session in Term 6. This is delivered by a member of staff and in 2 separate sessions for boys and girls. This aims to help the children feel more comfortable and confident to ask questions. Parents and Carers are invited to attend a presentation in Term 5 about the content being covered and are encouraged to share concerns and ask questions. Parents and Carers have the right to withdraw their children from this session and parents can make this clear to staff members via a letter which is distributed by the class teacher.
Delivering the Curriculum
Our Relationships and Sex Education lessons are taught by the class teachers, a familiar member of staff who the children feel comfortable with. Ground rules are established in class and the children are reminded of these on each session. Special consideration will be given when teaching particularly sensitive content and staff will be fully aware of the children in their class and how they might relate to the lesson content.
We aim to create and maintain a safe environment within which all children feel able to ask questions and discuss issues openly. For any child wishing to discuss something confidential, relating to the lesson content, an opportunity will be provided through the use of a question box or ‘Ask- it Basket’, which gives children the option to write down their questions and comments and then to receive an answer on a one-to-one basis, rather than in front of the whole class.
Distancing techniques will be employed in our Relationships and Sex Education, as with other areas of the PSHCE curriculum, meaning that children are able to discuss fictional characters and scenarios, rather than discuss their own lives and experiences if that makes them feel more comfortable.
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