2020 Term 3 Sexuality Education Year 4
Students will take part in a series of workshops, as below:
Creating a caring classroom environment; identify and explore how people’s actions and attitudes contribute to a positive school environment, through the context of Manaakitanga. Manaakitanga includes nurturing relationships, showing kindness and treating people with respect. How do we want to treat each other? How do we want to be treated? What does it look like and feel like to be kind?
Gender Roles; describe and explore gender roles. The rationale for this session is that identifying and exploring gender allows children to discuss ideas about being a boy or a girl. Questioning gender roles supports and enhances personal identity, self worth and develops respect for others.
Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover; explore how a positive self image contributes to a healthy environment. The rationale for this session is that students are developing an awareness of societal expectations regarding their appearance. In healthy relationships people recognise that the value of a person is based on their character rather than appearance. The context for this lesson is the picture book Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch.
Dream’s in Our Heads, (based on Dr Seuss - Oh the Places You’ll Go); Identify how students can use their personal strengths in the classroom, developing the skills of self reflection and positive thinking to meet the challenges of relationships.
Actions speak Louder than Words; identify and demonstrate ways of maintaining an enhancing relationships. Students are given opportunities to role play different scenarios, such as not being invited to a birthday party by a close friend and wanting to ask why or a girl being friends with a boy and having her friends exclude him ‘because he’s a boy’. They are asked to consider how the people in the situations are feeling, and what needs to happen so the relationships are no damaged.
It’s So Amazing, All Our Bodies Change; identify and describe how bodies develop. In this session body parts are named and students are introduced to the word and concept ‘Puberty.’ This is only a brief introduction to the concept of puberty, not the in-depth explanation which occurs at the Year 5 sexuality programme.
Changing and Growing; describe their emotional, social and physical needs as our bodies grow and develop. Students identify ways they can look after their bodies - tooth brushing, enough sleep, washing hands etc, look after their feelings - talking, spending time with friends, having a trusted adult etc, and looking after each other - sharing, listening, being kind, doing things together, looking out for each other etc.
Handy Helpers; explain how people in the community can help us and our families, developing an understanding of support networks. Where can we go for help?
A Recipe for Happiness; demonstrate ways to express needs appropriately, and demonstrate a variety of appropriate affirmations when listening to others. How do we know when people are really listening to us? How can we be better listeners? What are specific ingredients we would choose to make a recipe to be happy, have healthy relationships and feel good about themselves and their bodies?