Relationships and Sex Education
We recently had 'Big Talk Education' come into school to deliver high quality, age appropriate Relationship & Sex Education. They ran a workshop for parents and separate workshops for all age groups.
Below is some information from 'The Growing Up Safe Programme' which was delivered to the Children by BigTalk Education. It reflects the Ofsted & SEF (the National Children’s Bureau’s Sex Education Forum) recommendations.
Age 3 Nursery A fun learning environment where the children are taught the differences between boys and girls, naming body parts, correct scientific words, private areas of the body, good touches and bad touches.
Ages 4 to 8 (Reception School Years 1, 2 & 3) Re-enforces and checks what was covered in Nursery. Using specially designed child friendly resources, at the end of this session they will be able to identify happy situations and those which may be risky (e.g. other children or adults taking improper photographs of them, inappropriate touches, exposure to unsuitable media etc.) in addition to who they can talk to if they are worried.
Ages 8 to 9 (School Year 4) We cover different kinds of families, similarities and differences between boys and girls, the emotional and physical changes of growing up (puberty) how babies are made, then develop in the womb etc. (reproduction). Looking after our bodies and how to be safe and healthy are also discussed.
Ages 9 to 11 (School Years 5 & 6) Reproduction and puberty are re-capped, the children are given the opportunity to ask questions. As well as additional questions on puberty, they will often want more details on how babies develop and are born. It is important children know there is someone in school as well as at home if they want help, advice or more information etc. (Information at this stage is vital to protect them as they move onto Secondary School and to provide an alternative to Google etc.)
All the resources BigTalk Education use are age appropriate and help keep children protected from unwanted touches, abuse and exposure to unsuitable images etc. Research now shows that children receiving this type of education are three times more likely to speak out if they are touched inappropriately etc.
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE BIG TALK EDUCATION
* +18% increase in parents’ confidence, now 92%.
* +50% increase in staff confidence.
“The session was fantastic, what a great way of educating our children. I am really pleased you are bringing this subject into main stream school. Keep it up, great work!“ Claire and Wayne Martin, child in Year 5.
“Great lesson, very respectful of the school ethos and values. Cleverly explained all the necessary facts.” M Janvier, Teacher Year 2.
For further information, please visit https://www.bigtalkeducation.co.uk/
Rationale and Context for Education in Sex and Relationships
Following the Guiding Principles, the Catholic character of the school requires that, in the specific area of Education in Relationships and Sex, the leadership and management of St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, working with foundation governors, will:
▪ ensure that the school seeks to remain faithful to Catholic belief and teaching on matters of faith and morality.
▪ promote Catholic belief and teaching concerning human dignity and relationships and, in particular, encourage an understanding of and respect for the sanctity of human life, the virtue of chastity, and the sacrament of marriage.
▪ oversee the delivery of education in relationships and sex to guarantee its faithfulness to the belief and teaching of the Catholic Church (this includes the content of teaching and resources) so that it excludes anything which risks reducing the understanding of sexuality to the level of a mere bodily function, biological process or recreational activity.
▪ recognise the primary role of parents in the education of their children and, ‘in particular, sex education is a basic right of the parents and must always be carried out under their close supervision.’ The school recognises that education in relationships and sex is done in the name of parents, with their consent and with their authorisation. Consequently, any school based education in relationships and sex must always be carried out in direct consultation with parents.
▪ demonstrate pastoral sensitivity for the cultural, personal and family circumstances of children and young people while maintaining the integrity of Catholic belief and teaching.
▪ enable the formation of children and young people through a consistent application of Catholic belief and teaching on matters of faith and morality across the whole curriculum and from all staff.
▪ monitor the involvement and teaching of external agencies/visiting speakers, and the distribution of resources within school provided by them – in order that all presentations and content are in accordance with the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church.
 The following rationale is informed by the Bishops’ Conference Low Week statement from 1987 and the policy statement of the Diocese of Lancaster on education in personal relationships from 2010.