7. Sex Education
7.1. All pupils must be taught the aspects of sex education outlined in the primary science curriculum – this includes teaching about the main external parts of the human body, how it changes as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty, and the reproductive process in some plants and animals. As part of our safeguarding procedures, we also teach pupils the correct names for male and female private parts. If pupils are ever concerned about inappropriate touch but only know the nicknames they use at home, this is very difficult for school staff to understand what they mean. Using correct body part names ensures that pupils and staff have the same understanding.
7.2. The school is free to determine whether pupils should be taught sex education beyond what is required of the national curriculum.
7.3. At our school, we do teach pupils sex education beyond what is required of the science curriculum in Year 6.
7.4. Parents are fully consulted in the organisation and delivery of our sex education curriculum, in accordance with section 3 and section 4 of this policy.
7.5. Parents are given the opportunity to advise on what should be taught through sex education.
7.6. The age and development of pupils is always considered when delivering sex education.
7.7. Year 6
- We use the support of an experienced RSHE provider to deliver a one hour session titled, ‘How babies are made’.
- Boys and girls are taught separately and learn how a baby is created using straightforward but simplistic language. (No videos or photographs are shown to depict any sexual act.)
- It is explained how the baby grows in the mother’s womb and how the baby is delivered.
- The provider has a session with parents beforehand (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) to explain what she tells the pupils and how she will answer their questions honestly. A member of staff stays with the pupils at all times. Pupils are encouraged to speak to their parents about what they have been taught.
- As this comes under sex education, parents have the choice whether to let their child participate or not. Written consent is needed otherwise the pupil will not take part in the session.
- We cannot guarantee that pupils who join in with these sessions will not tell their friends what they have heard, or whether they relay this information correctly or not.