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MOE Sexuality Education

 

1. Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.

2. The goals of Sexuality Education are:
(i) To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
(ii) To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
(iii) To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.

3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
(i) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
(ii) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
(iii) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
(iv) Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

Find out more about MOE Sexuality Education.

 


 

Overview of RI (Year 1-4)’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2019

4. Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law.

Find out more about the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

5. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
a. Science
b. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

 

 

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package

i. “The Teenage Years (2nd Edition)” (Lower Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

ii. “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

 

6. The values and attitudes of our youth towards sexuality are increasingly shaped by their peers, exposure to the media, popular culture and the internet. Adolescence is a complex stage in life as the adolescent attempts to find his/her own identity and often struggles with new social relationships. The period of middle adolescence (generally from 15 – 17 years old) can be a turbulent period for adolescents. The gap between physical and emotional/cognitive maturity may result in a tendency to act on impulse, experiment with various activities (including sexual activities), sometimes without understanding the unpleasant consequences that may arise from such experimentation. The need for peer acceptance can be overwhelmingly strong, and hinder one’s ability to act responsibly. Given the pressures faced by the middle adolescent from within themselves and from peers, it is important to build a strong sense of self-worth, personal conviction and an understanding of the possible consequences of sexual behaviour.

 

7. Through “The Teenage Years” and “Sense & Sexuality” packages, secondary students will have the opportunity to develop a positive self-esteem, develop their character, and expand their understanding and repertoire of skills to deal with various issues related to sexuality, which are of prime concern at this age.


Growing Years Programme



The following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught at RI in 2019:

Year 1
The Real Self (Part 1)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 3 Week 1

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • know how one’s perception of his body is linked to personal experiences and the sources of information that are taken in
  • recognise that one’s self-perception is influenced by his perception of his body
  • know strategies to develop healthy/positive perception of one’s body.

 

Lessons about Love (Part 1)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 3 Week 2

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise the importance of cultivating friendships with members of the same and opposite sex
  • recognise what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • recognise the influence of peers on oneself and one’s value system
  • distinguish between various types of love
  • know that the underlying value for healthy relationships is respect

 

“Familiar” Strangers Alert (Part 1)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 4 Week 2

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • reflect on the reasons for people to use social networking sites to make friends or to engage their existing friends
  • know the usefulness and dangers of making friends over social networking platforms
  • recognise that the media can influence the way people think, feel and behave
  • identify ways to protect themselves from negative influences from the media

 


Year 2

At the Crossroads (Part 2)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 2 Week 5

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • know/define what gender role is
  • know the influence of family, culture and society on one’s perception of his/her gender role
  • appreciate/ affirm one’s own unique qualities and characteristics as a male or female.
  • know/define what sexual orientation (heterosexuality and homosexuality) is
  • recognise the need to treat people with respect regardless of their sexual orientation

 

At the Crossroads (Part 1)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 2 Week 7

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe what pornography is, and why people view pornographic materials
  • examine the effects of pornography on self and others
  • know what masturbation is, and its relation to pornography
  • recognise the harmful consequences of excessive masturbation
  • recognise that they are able to make responsible decisions to manage their sexual desires
  • know appropriate sources to obtain accurate information about sex

 

“Familiar” Strangers Alert (Part 1 & 2)

1 Lesson, 60min, Term 2 Week 10

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • know the physiological, psychological and social impact of sexual abuse on the individual
  • recognise the provision of Singapore laws that serves to protect teenagers from sexual perpetrators and persecute those who have committed such crimes
  • identify sources to seek help and support
  • know what is considered pornographic material on the Internet under the Internet code of practice
  • reflect on the legal consequences of sexual behaviour and include these considerations in their decision-making pertaining to pornography

 


Year 3

Lessons about Love (Part 1)

2 Lessons, 80min, Term 3 Week 5,7

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise the importance of developing a friendship before committing to a romantic relationship
  • recognise what dating involves
  • know the different levels of physical intimacy in a relationship
  • know that certain public displays of affection are not considered appropriate behaviour in our society
  • recognise that it is important to seek their family’s views, beliefs and expectations with regard to dating and romantic relationships in teenage years

 

Lessons about Love (Part 3)

2 Lessons, 80min, Term 3 Week 9,10

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise differences in perspectives of dating and romantic relationships
  • evaluate one’s readiness for romantic relationships
  • recognise challenges that occur in the context of a relationship
  • examine how our response to emotions can affect relationships positively or negatively

 

Lessons about Love (Part 2)

2 Lessons, 80min, Term 4 Week 1,2

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise the sources of temptation and situations that lead to pre-marital sex
  • resist pressure to engage in sexual activities
  • know the consequences of engaging in pre-marital sex
  • recognise that respect and responsible decision making are important in relationships
  • recognise the value of sexual abstinence
  • identify sources to seek help and support when faced with teenage pregnancy

 

Year 4

At the Crossroads (Part 2)

2 Lessons, 80min, Term 2 Week 5,6

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • distinguish between biologically-based and socially-conditioned gender characteristics
  • evaluate views towards self and others, with regard to gender differences and stereotypes

 

Lessons about Love (Part 4a)

2 Lessons, 80min, Term 2 Week 7,8

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the process of grief and loss that people experience when a relationship breaks down
  • exercise sensitivity and empathy when communicating break- ups
  • recognise that one can emerge stronger after a break-up

 

Lessons about Love (Part 4b)

1 Lesson, 40min, Term 2 Week 9

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise that commitment is a necessary ingredient for success in a marriage
  • identify responsibilities involved and the challenges faced in marriages

 


eTeens Programme



8. eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.

9. Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STIs/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

At RI (Year 1-4), the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2019:

 

Mass Talk by HPB appointed Vendor, Term 3 Week 9

Programme Learning Objectives:

  • Awareness of the different STIs and HIV/AIDS
  • Modes of transmission
  • Modes of protection, specifically on how the condom is used
  • Consequences and impact of STIs/HIV

 

Classroom-based Lesson, Term 4 Week 1, 2

Students will:

  • learn to negotiate their way out of a risky situation by applying skills of assertiveness and responsible decision-making

Information for Parents



10. Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

11. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form.

Download the opt-out form

This form will also be distributed to parents at the start of the year.

A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school.

12. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form.

Download the opt-out form

This form will also be distributed to parents at the start of the year.

A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school.

13. Parents can contact the school at [email protected] or 63538830 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

14. Parents who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.