Sandgate Primary School has a programme of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) aimed at developing values and attitudes and the personal skills to make choices.
Some children are taught sex education at home. Many however are not. It is our responsibility as a school to take nothing for granted and, in a caring, matter-of-fact manner, explain to the children the facts concerning how bodies change during puberty, facts about reproduction and birth. Education about sexuality and relationships is also covered.
In Sandgate Primary School sex education is seen as part of our health education curriculum, linking PSHE, Science and RE. Sex education is more than just biological facts and hygiene, it has moral, legal, cultural and ethnic dimensions. Sex education does involve knowledge of how the human body functions, but it also involves feelings about love, sexuality and responsibility towards oneself and towards others. We provide opportunities for pupils to express themselves within a trusted and safe environment, we encourage them to articulate their thoughts, doubts and anxieties in order that they can build the skills they need to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively, develop healthy and appropriate relationships.
- To provide reassurance that body changes, physical, emotional and social are normal and acceptable.
- To counter myths and misinformation – to examine opinions and encourage discussion
- To inform the children of the changes that male and female bodies undergo during puberty
- To encourage awareness, respect and responsibility to oneself and to others
Where sex education is taught
Sex education is a part of our whole school health education programme. SRE is taught in all year groups using the agreed approach based on the Christopher Winter Project.
Sex and Relationship education is always taught with due regard to moral and legal considerations and with the explicit values of family life and supportive relationships. Among the values promoted are:
- Respect for oneself and other people.
- Taking responsibility for one’s actions in all situations
- Honesty and loyalty in relationships
- The importance and responsibilities of the family unit for all members
- Sensitivity towards the needs and views of others
- To recognise the physical, emotional and moral implications, and risks, of certain types of behaviour
- To recognise and accept the difference of others