Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Parental Consultation Relationships and Sex Education

29th January 2020

Parents attended a presentation in school outlining the statutory duty to teach RSE, the rationale behind it, to look at curriculum overview and specific examples of lessons to be taught across Y1-Y6

Discussion points

School had carefully gone through the Jigsaw scheme of work, and had re ordered some of the content.

Y2 : felt that the word ‘anus’ should be included as well as bottom. Parents thought correct terminology appropriate. This is taught as the body’s exit point of the digestive system for food waste.

Parents agreed that proper names for body parts e.g breast, penis, and vagina should be introduced throughout the curriculum, and it would become accepted terminology by the children and not cause embarrassment.

When shown the body images picture sheet including pictures of shared body parts e.g hands and feet and also testicles, penis. Parents said they would be happy for children to be shown the images.

Y3: Images shared with the progression from foetus to gestation in the life cycle of a human and growth of a baby. Parents were happy with this and a suggestion made children could also see scanned images. At Y3 conception not covered.

Y3/Y4: In discussion about body changes, parents agreed that discussion about girlfriend and boyfriend should be removed from the content for this age group.

Y4: Consensus that the word ‘vulva’ should be included

Y5: Puberty: there was discussion about the teaching of the female menstrual cycle. Parents felt important to be taught about feminine hygiene, school confirmed included as part of talk about personal hygiene in puberty and also separate talk for girls including what products available. Whilst school would teach types of sanitary protection available, school does not endorse the use of any particular product e.g. tampons, and this would be a matter for discussion at home.

School confirmed awaiting DfE’s free sanitary protection scheme for schools.

It was also discussed the importance of a talk for girls so there is no embarrassment about dealing privately with periods within school. Girls need to feel supported. A parental view was expressed that as girls as young as nine can start menstruating, it would be better that girls were prepared for it.

Y6: Conception taught at this point, through scientific diagrams. Children are not shown videos. It was decided there is no need at this point to discuss IVF and this would not be taught.

Contraception: Discussion that children would be told that adults can take steps to stop a baby being produced, but no specific information given or examples shown  about types of contraception . It was noted that in secondary school this is covered as Key Stage 3 curriculum and young people shown various contraceptives.

Parents were shown a range of age appropriate books that were recommended, and school will purchase additional books for parents to loan.

Parents asked what school position was about single sex relationships. Parents were advised that gender is taught as the sex children were born with and that some people identified as different genders. Parents were directed to a display in the entrance hall about gender. Pupils are taught that all families are different, some mixed, some single gender, some single parents, blended families etc. In this way we wish all children to be made to feel accepted and not embarrassed about family make up. Any questions about gender identification arising from the children would be dealt with on an individual basis and discussed with parents with a common sense and supportive approach.

The NCPCC ’Pants’ safety campaign was discussed, what is in your pants is private, but not a secret.

School consulted on taking out ‘masturbation’ and parents agreed this was not necessary to be taught

100% of parents agreed with the content of the year group curriculum as presented.

Parents were shown lesson content examples and images.

Comments from parents:

The session was great, informative and glad that my son will be learning about the body and relationships

Very informative very friendly, well prepared, relaxed Thanks

Happy with the way things are going to be taught

Made us feel much better about what the children will be learning

Very good and informative. I think it is a really good idea to learn from a young age