Information on Sexuality Education Programme

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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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 North Spring Primary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2019

  1. 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 herefor more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.
  1. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
  • Science
  • Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
  • Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

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

  1. 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.
  1. The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2ndEdition)”, 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.

The following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2019:

Primary 5

 

UNIT

 

 

LESSONS    / DURATION

 

 

Lesson Objectives

 

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

 

 

 

TIME    PERIOD

 

 

Gosh! I Am Changing

What Is Happening To Me?

(30 min)

·  know what puberty is

·  identify the physical changes
during puberty

Term 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Primary 6

 

UNIT

 

 

LESSONS    / DURATION

 

 

Lesson Objectives

 

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

 

 

TIME    PERIOD

 

 

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 2

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 2

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

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

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

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

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

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


Information for Parents

  1. Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
  2. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form is downloadable here, or you may get a hardcopy from your teacher.
  3. Parents can contact the school at 68816887 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.