Relationship and Sex Education at Lionwood Junior School

At Lionwood we think it is vital that children have high quality, age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education so that they are prepared for the onset of puberty, can develop safe and healthy relationships and cope with the pressures of high school.  Our programme is designed to build self-esteem, positive body image,understand what a healthy relationship is and challenge sterotypes as well as give children accurate knowledge and vocabulary throughout the areas studied.

Below is an outline of the programme of study.  If parents wish to have more information about the resources used and details of individual lessons – please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher who will be happy to share this information with you.

Relationship and Sex Education is a mandatory subject that children must take part in – but we will always discuss with parents any concerns or worries they have and find a way to put parents’ minds at rest.

Relationship and Sex Education Programme
(from ‘Jigsaw’ Scheme)

Year 3

1.How Babies Grow
I understand that in animals and humans lots of changes happen between conception and growing up, and that usually it is the female who has the baby
I can express how I feel when I see babies or baby animals.
I can express how I feel when change happens

2. Babies
I understand how babies grow and develop in the mother’s uterus
I understand what a baby needs to live and growI can express how I might feel if I had a new baby in my family
I understand and respect the changes that I see in myself

3.Outside Body Changes
I understand that boys’ and girls’ bodies need to change so that when they grow up their bodies can make babies
I can identify how boys’ and girls’ bodies change on the outside during this growing up process
I recognise how I feel about these changes happening to me and know how to cope with those feelings
I understand and respect the changes that I see in other people

4.Inside Body Changes
I can identify how boys’ and girls’ bodies change on the inside during the growing up process and can tell you why these changes are necessary so that their bodies can make babies when they grow up
I recognise how I feel about these changes happening to me and know how to cope with these feelings
I know who to ask for help if I am worried about change

5.Family Stereotypes
I can start to recognise stereotypical ideas I might have about parenting and family roles
I can express how I feel when my ideas are challenged and might be willing to change my ideas sometimes
I am looking forward to change

6.Looking Ahead
I can identify what I am looking forward to when I move to my next class
I can start to think about changes I will make next year and know how to go about this

Year 4

1.Unique Me
I understand that some of my personal characteristics have come from my birth parents and that this happens because I am made from the joining of their egg and sperm
I appreciate that I am a truly unique human being
I can express how I feel when change happens

2.Having a Baby
I can correctly label the internal and external parts of male and female bodies that are necessary for making a baby
I understand that having a baby is a personal choice and can express how I feel about having children when I am an adult
I understand and respect the changes that they see in myself

3.Girls and Puberty
I can describe how a girl’s body changes in order for her to be able to have babies when she is an adult, and that menstruation (having periods) is a natural part of this
I have strategies to help me cope with the physical and emotional changes I will experience during puberty
I understand and respect the changes that I see in other people

4.Circles of Change
I know how the circle of change works and can apply it to changes I want to make in my life
I am confident enough to try to make changes when I think they will benefit me
I know who to ask for help if I am  worried about change

5.Accepting Change
I can identify changes that have been and may continue to be outside of my control that I learnt to accept
I can express my fears and concerns about changes that are outside of my control and know how to manage these feelings positively
I am looking forward to change

6.Looking Ahead
I can identify what I am looking forward to when I move to a new class
I can reflect on the changes I would like to make next year and can describe how to go about this

Year 5

1.Self and Body Image
I am aware of my own self-image and how my body image fits into that
I know how to develop my own self esteem
I can express how I feel when change happens

2.Puberty for Girls
I can explain how a girl’s body changes during puberty and understand the importance of looking after yourself physically and emotionally
I understand that puberty is a natural process that happens to everybody and that it will be ok for me
I understand and respect the changes that I see in myself

3.Puberty for boys
I can describe how boys’ and girls’ bodies change during puberty
I can express how I feel about the changes that will happen to me during puberty
I understand and respect the changes that I see in other people

4.Conception
I understand that sexual intercourse can lead to conception and that is how babies are usually made
I also understand that sometimes people need IVF to help them have a baby
I appreciate how amazing it is that human bodies can reproduce in these ways
I know who to ask for help if I am worried about change

5.Looking Ahead 1
I can identify what I am looking forward to about becoming a teenager and understand this brings growing responsibilities (age of consent)
I am confident that I can cope with the changes that growing up will bring
I am looking forward to change

6.Looking Ahead 2
I can identify what I am looking forward to when I move to my next class.
I can start to think about changes I will make next year and know how to go about this.

Year 6

1.My Self Image
I am aware of my own self-image and how my body image fits into that
I know how to develop my own self esteem
I can express how I feel when change happens

Puberty
I can explain how girls’ and boys’ bodies change during puberty and understand the importance of looking after yourself physically and emotionally

I can express how I feel about the changes that will happen to me during puberty
I understand and respect the changes that I see in myself

3.Babies: Conception to Birth
I can describe how a baby develops from conception through the nine months of pregnancy, and how it is born
I can recognise how I feel when I reflect on the development and birth of a baby
I understand and respect the changes that I see in other people

4.Boyfriends and Girlfriends
I understand how being physically attracted to someone changes the nature of the relationship and what that might mean about having a girlfriend/boyfriend
I understand that respect for one another is essential in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, and that I should not feel pressured into doing something I don’t want to
I know who to ask for help if I am worried about change

5.Real self and ideal self
I am aware of the importance of positive self-esteem and what I can do to develop it
I can express how I feel about my self-image and know how to challenge negative ‘body-talk’
I am looking forward to change

6.The Year Ahead
I can identify what I am looking forward to and what worries me about the transition to secondary school
I know how to prepare myself emotionally for the changes next year