Dear Parents/Guardians of Years 5 & 6,
Nowadays there is a vast amount of, sometimes confusing, information about relationships and sex on the internet, on TV, in magazines, etc. which young people may have access to, and this can sometimes make an already confusing time seem even more complicated! Therefore, as part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education programme your child will soon receive lessons on relationships, sexual health and puberty.
The purpose of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is to provide knowledge and understanding of how the human body changes during puberty and the processes of human reproduction, within the context of relationships based on love and respect. It should develop understanding and attitudes which will help pupils to form relationships in a responsible and healthy manner and to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.
If young people can start their transition into adulthood with good information and the confidence and knowledge to understand what is happening to them, they will hopefully grow into confident and healthy adults able to make positive choices. This can start with learning the basics about growing up and the sessions in school may reinforce what you are already doing at home.
The key aims of SRE are to:
1. Provide accurate and relevant information about the physical and emotional changes that children and young people will experience through their formative years and into adulthood.
2. Establish an awareness of the importance of stable family life and relationships, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.
3. Foster self-awareness and self-esteem.
4. Develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others.
The SRE programme includes watching a video from BBC Active and input from the class teacher. All teaching materials are appropriate to the age and emotional maturity of the pupils concerned and the teachers will aim to present the programme in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner.
The programme will cover:
You are welcome to view the materials and discuss the format of the lessons that will be used in a meeting for parents on Monday 25th June at 6 pm.
Parents can withdraw their children from all or part of sex and relationship education that does not form part of the statutory National Curriculum. If you wish to withdraw your child from all or part of the schools sex and relationship education programme would you please write to your child’s class teacher before the programme starts. Class teachers in Year 6 will begin the programme during the week beginning 25th June however Year 5 will begin to learn about animal reproduction (including humans) as part of their national curriculum science topic starting in Summer Half Term 2.
Please RSVP here to let us know if you will be attending the meeting on Monday 25th June.
Mr Clifford / Mrs Chapman-Allen / Miss Bjorck / Mrs Bowden
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