Sexuality Education

MOE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS


Updated: January 2019


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 visit HERE for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.



OVERVIEW OF PUNGGOL GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL’S SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR 2019


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 visit 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,   built healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.


At Punggol Green Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2019:



Primary 5


UNITSLESSONS / DURATIONLESSON OBJECTIVES
At the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to
TIME PERIOD
(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)
Gosh! I Am ChangingWhat Is Happening To Me?
(30 min)
  • know what puberty is
  • identify the physical changes during puberty
Term 1 Week 9 
 Gosh! I Am Changing  What Can I Do? (Part 1)
(30 min)
 
  • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
  • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty
Term 1 Week 9 
 Gosh! I Am Changing What Can I Do? (Part 2)
(30 min)
  •  identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by these physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
  • recognize that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty

Term 1 Week 9 
 Gosh! I Am Changing Main Task
(30 min) 
Description of the Main Task:

Pupils are to play the role of an Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a peer address his/her experiences during puberty. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the peer and share ways to help him/her cope with the changes he/she is going through.
 
 Term 1 Week 9
Where I Belong What Are Families?
(30 min) 
  •  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
 TBC
 Where I Belong What is My Role?
(30 min)
  • know that gender is about being male or female
  • choose not to stereotype by gender 
 TBC
 How Do I Keep Myself Safe?What is Safety? 
(30 Min
  • 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
 TBC
  How Do I Keep Myself Safe? Stop It! Run! Tell!
(30 min)
  • protect themselves by resisting, removing themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult
  •  know their responsibilities in minimising the risk of sexual harm
 TBC




















































































Primary 6


UNITSLESSON / DURATIONLESSON OBJECTIVES
At the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to :
TIME PERIOD
(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)
Are We More Than Friends?Who Are My Friends?
(30 min)
  • identify the qualities of a healthy friendship
  • recognise the importance of making wise choices in friendship
Term 1 Week 9
Are We More Than Friends?Am I A Good Friend?
(30 min)
  • identify the qualities that they have as a friend
  • recognise the importance of developing in oneself the qualities of a good friend
Term 1 Week 9
 Are We More Than Friends? What is Love?
(30 min)
  • identify the characteristics of love and infatuation
  • distinguish between the characteristics of love versus infatuation
  • identify strong feelings arising from infatuation 
Term 1 Week 9 
 Are We More Than Friends? Am I Falling In Love?
(30 min)
  • manage strong feelings arising from infatuation
  • identify ways to manage and cope with teasing from peers 
 Term 1 Week 9
 Are We More Than Friends? Main Task
(30 min)
Description of the Main Task:

Pupils are to play the role of a game designer who wants to create a board game to help pupils of their age learn more about the Big Idea of Relationships, specifically on family, friendships, love and infatuation. They will consider the issues that their peers would face and craft questions and answers that they believe their peers would benefit most from knowing. 
 TBC
 Friends or Foes? Are You Really My Friend?
(30 min)
  • identify the pros and cons of forming relationships through social networking websites
  • know ways to keep themselves safe when using social networking websites
 TBC
 Friends or Foes?Is It All Safe? 
(30 min)
  • know that some information (like pornography) received through the Internet may be harmful
  •  know ways to keep themselves safe when using social networking websites or the Internet
 TBC
Friends or Foes?  Main Task
(30 min)
Description of the Main Task:

 Pupils are to apply their understanding of Safety in a variety of scenarios where the main character could be in a precarious situation. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the main character, discuss what they think and feel about the situation and what they will do or say to ensure their safety. These scenarios will provide pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Safety and that safety is a right and a responsibility.
 TBC

































































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 along with the SEd notification letter. A copy of Annex A is attached to this document for your reference and use. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the form teacher by 01/02/2019.

10.     Parents can contact the school at (65383011 or admin_punggolgreen_ps@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.