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Sexuality Education


Kong Hwa School 


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.

 

2.         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.

 

3.         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 Kong Hwa School’s  SEd Programme 2017

4. 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 here  for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.


5.         The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:

a.       Science

b.       Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)

c.       Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

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


6.        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.


7.         The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, 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.


At Kong Hwa School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2017:

Sexuality Education (SEd) into Primary 5 Curriculum 2017

SEd Unit

SEd Lessons

SEd Lesson Objectives

At the end of the lesson, 

pupils will be able to:


Time Period

Gosh! I Am Changing

Growing Years Lesson 1:

What is Happening To Me?

   -   To know what puberty is

   -   To identify the physical changes
   during puberty

Term 2, Week 9

Growing Years Lesson 2:

What Can I Do? (Part 1)

-          Identify the stresses caused by physical changes during puberty

-          Describe ways to manage the stresses caused by physical changes during puberty

 Term 2, Week 9

Growing Years Lesson 3:

What Can I Do? (Part 2)

-          Identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty

-          Describe ways to manage the stresses caused by these changes during puberty

 Term 2, Week 9

Where I Belong

Growing Years Lesson 5:

What Are Families?

-          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 2, Week 9

Growing Years Lesson 6:

What Is My Role?

-          Know that gender is about being male or female

-          Choose not to stereotype by gender

Term 2, Week 9

How Do I Keep Myself Safe?

Growing Years Lesson 7:

What is Safety?

-          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, Week 9

Growing Years Lesson 8:

Stop it! Run! Tell!

-          Protect themselves by resisting and removing themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult

-          Know their responsibilities in minimizing the risk of sexual harm

  Term 4, Week 9

Are We More Than Friends?

Growing Years Lesson 10:

Am I A Good Friend?

-          Identify the qualities that they have as a friend

-          Recognize the importance of developing in oneself the qualities of a good friend

  Term 4, Week 9


Sexuality Education (SEd) into Primary 6 Curriculum 2017

SEd Unit

SEd Lesson

SEd Lesson Objectives

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

Time Period

Gosh! I Am Changing

Growing Years Lesson 4:

Experiences During Puberty – Uncle/Aunt Agony

 

   -  Pupils are to play the role of an
      Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a peer address
      his/her experiences during puberty.

   -  Pupils to share ways to help him/her cope
      with the changes he/she is going through

   Term 4, Week 5

Are We More Than Friends?

Growing Years Lesson 11:

What is Love?

-          Identify the characteristics of love and infatuation

-          Distinguish between the characteristics of love versus infatuation

   Term 4, Week 5

Growing Years Lesson 15:

Is It All Safe?

-          Know that some information received through the Internet may be harmful

-          Know ways to keep themselves safe when using the Internet

Term 4, Week 5

Growing Years Lesson 9:

Am I Falling In Love?

-          Identify the qualities of a healthy friendship

-          Recognize the importance of making wise choices in friendship

  

  Term 4, Week 5

Friends or Foes?

Growing Years Lesson 12:

Am I Falling In Love?

-          Identify strong feelings arising from infatuation

-          Manage strong feelings arising from infatuation

-          Identify ways to manage and cope with teasing from peers

   Term 4, Week 5

Growing Years Lesson 14:

Are You Really My Friend?

-          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, Week 5

Growing Years Lesson 16:

Main Task – Scenarios on Safety

-          Pupils are to apply their understanding of Safety in a variety of scenarios where the main character could be in a precarious situation

Term 4, Week 5

Online Quiz

AsknLearn Online Quiz

-          Consolidate knowledge through an Online Quiz

Term 4, Week 5



Information for Parents


8.         Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.


9.         Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also 

downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 2nd May 2017.


10.         Parents can contact the school at 63421195 or email to konghwa_sch@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.



11.      Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.