Relationships and sex education is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It should support pupils gain accurate information, develop skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes.
At Kirkstall St Stephen's we know how essential this learning is to give pupils the essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful, loving and non-exploitative relationships, staying safe both on and offline. Enabling them to take responsibility for their body, relationships, reproduction, sexual health and wellbeing.
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who read the Relationship and sex education (RSE) policy and answered the questionnaire. All of your views have been taken on board, please do not hesitate to contact school through email if you have more questions regarding the policy.
Please see below common questions asked around RSE and after the parent consultation
- ) How and what will you be teaching around gender identity and the LGBTQ community:
In year 5 there is an ‘‘Identity, society and equality: Stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice section of the PSHCE curriculum. This is where they will learn further about discrimination and differences, and will cover transgender and same sex discrimination. This lesson intention is for Pupils learn about prejudice and discrimination and how this can make people feel.
After these lessons (and by the end of primary school we would hope children could:
-identify some discriminatory language (homophobic, sexist, disablist, racist and transphobic)
- know what to do if they experience discriminatory language at school
- understand how discriminatory language can make people feel and that this is unacceptable
The terminology used in this section will be:
-bisexual describes somebody who is attracted to either men or women
-gay describes a man or woman who is attracted to people of the same sex
-lesbian describes a woman who is attracted to other women
-transgender describes somebody who doesn’t feel like the sex they were born with
-heterosexual describes somebody who is attracted to the opposite sex
For more information about how Church of England schools are approaching this please view the 'valuing all Gods children' guidance document below.
Children are given ground rules at the beginning of the lessons which ensure all children take care of eachother, have an equal say and learn as they go. We will have 'ask it baskets' for children to put any questions they have in and if the teacher can answer they will address the whole class, however if not they will explain why and ask them to speak to an adult at home.
- ) How can I withdraw my child from RSE lessons?
Under the new statutory guidance Parents will not be able to withdraw their children from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education (which includes learning about the changing adolescent body, puberty, identity and stereotyping).
4.) Will year two children be taught about sex?
No, the year two curriculum looks at male and female animals and the life cycle as well as looking at how humans grow. It also focuses on families and relationships but doesnt not cover puberty or sex education.
For more information please click on the relevant class planning links below. Please note the teachers use this scheme of work to inform their teaching and resources e.g objectives and outcomes. Teachers tailor the plans accoingly to each class and may add or take out some areas as appropriate.
These lessons link with the wide RSHE curriculum.