Please find information below re Relationships and Sexuality Education which we will commence teaching this November under the heading “Taking Care of My Body”
Relationships and Sexuality Education 2018
In 2008, a Relationship and Sexuality (RSE) policy document was drawn up in keeping with departmental guidelines. It was drafted by a committee comprised of parents, teachers and members of the Board of Management. It was launched at a meeting for parents on 22nd Jan ‘08 and was subsequently ratified by the Board.
RSE is an integral part of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). The lessons related to RSE are provided under the following headings: Self-Identity, Taking Care of my Body, Growing and Changing, Safety and Protection, Myself and my Family, My Friends and Other People and Relating to Others.
During this coming November, 2018, under the heading “Taking Care of My Body”, your Junior and Senior Infant child will learn about his/her body and will be taught to name parts of the male and female body using appropriate anatomical terminology. (Anatomically correct baby dolls will be used in the lesson).
- Infant classes: penis, vagina, navel.
- 1st and 2nd classes: penis, vagina, navel, urethra, anus
- 3rd and 4th classes: same as 1st and 2nd
- 3rd and 4th classes will be able to discuss the stages and sequence of development of the human baby from conception to birth.
Conception and birth will not be discussed.
- 5th and 6th classes: Speakers from Accord will visit 5th and 6th classes on separate dates later in the school year.
- 5th class will be able to identify and discuss physical and other changes that occur in girls and boys during puberty.
- 6th class will revise puberty facts and will understand the reproductive systems of male and female adults. They will understand sexual intercourse, conception and birth within the context of a committed, loving relationship. Teachers will be present.
We are obliged to teach this programme as it is part of the primary school curriculum. We are sensitive to the fact that, as primary educators, you are best placed to evaluate your child’s readiness for this programme. Therefore, we would recommend the following steps to ensure your peace of mind:
- If you have any concerns regarding aspects of the Infant programme you are advised to view the lesson plans/resource materials the teachers will use. These will be available for you to peruse between 1:45pm and 2:20pm in Ms. Doyle’s Room 6 (Infant Building) on Tuesday, 23rd October. Ms. G. Fay will be available to answer any queries which may arise.
- If you have concerns regarding the programme for 3rd/4th classes, Ms.G. Fay will be available to answer your queries during the same time-frame.
- If you wish to withdraw your child from the lessons on the sensitive issues you must inform your child’s teacher in writing. The teacher will then consult with you as to how best facilitate the opting out process.