Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum and resources
Dear Year 4 and 5 Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to those who were able to attend the parent information session yesterday (Tuesday 24 September) evening. During the session, I outlined the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) scope and sequence for Year 4 and 5 and shared the resources that may be used.
Some of the learning related to this scope and sequence has already taken place or begun, as it was already embedded in the Units of Inquiry that students have undertaken, either this year or in previous years. The more sensitive lessons are those in which students will discuss the names of the sexual and reproductive parts of the human body, the process of puberty and how reproduction occurs in humans. These lessons will begin this week in Year 5. The Year 4 team will keep you informed of when this is starting for the students in Year 4.
The RSE scope and sequence covers a range of key areas which, for Primary School aged children, cover four main areas:
- Gender, Values and Sexuality
- Staying Safe: Skills for Health and Wellbeing
- The Human Body and Development
As part of The Human Body and Development students in Year 4 and Year 5 students will learn about puberty in an age appropriate way. Students in Year 5 begin to understand human reproduction.
The full scope and sequence for both year groups can be viewed here:
Year 4 scope and sequence
Year 5 scope and sequence
As promised yesterday, the videos that will be shared with your children, as well as the presentation from yesterday, are available here for Year 4 and here for Year 5. We highly recommend that you watch the videos yourself to be able to discuss ideas in them further with your children, as well as to be prepared for questions that your children may ask at home.
Also as promised, here is the Google Be Internet Awesome resource which can be useful for families as well as for schools.
Implementing RSE lessons in every Year Group at once does mean that children will have different levels of understanding. Please be assured that the scope and sequence is designed to be developmental and the teachers will be very aware of the levels of understanding of our students in order to meet them at the point of understanding.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Vice Principal Primary (Wellbeing)