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MOE Sexuality Education in Schools

  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:
    1. 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;
    2. 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. 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

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

    You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education. 

    Overview of Springdale Primary School Sexuality Education Programme in 2017

  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. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

  5. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
    1. Science
    2. Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
    3. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

    Growing Years (GY) Programme

    “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package

  6. The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty.  With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.

  7. The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes, build healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.

    At Springdale Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught for the Primary 5 in 2017


    Unit Lessons / Duration  Lesson Objectives
    At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
    Time Period
    Gosh I Am Changing What Is Happening To Me? (30 min)
    • know what puberty is
    • identify the physical changes during puberty
    Term 3 Week 9
    What Can I Do? (Part 1) (30 min) 
    • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
    • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
    • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
    • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty
     Term 3 Week 9
    What Can I Do? (Part 2)(30 min) 
    • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty 
    • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by these physical and emotional changes during puberty
    • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
    • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty
    Term 3 Week 10 
    Main Task
    (30 min) 
    Description of the Main Task:
    • Students are to play the role of an Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a peer address his/her experiences during puberty. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the peer and share ways to help him/her cope with the changes he/she is going through. 
    Term 3 Week 10 
    Where I Belong  What Are Families?
    (30 min) 
    • know that there are different types of family structures
    • know that every family is unique
    • state that the three basic functions of families are to provide love, protection and guidance
    • identify the right sources of help to turn to when in need
    Term 4 Week 1
    What is My Role?
    (30 min)  
    • know that gender is about being male or female 
    • choose not to stereotype by gender
    Term 4 Week 1
    How Do I Keep Myself Safe? What is Safety?
    (30 min) 
    • know what sexual abuse is
    • know that there are laws in Singapore that can protect them from sexual abuse
    • know their rights in keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse
    Term 4 Week 2 
    Stop It! Run! Tell!
    (30 min)
    • protect themselves by resisting, removing themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult
    • know their responsibilities in minimising the risk of sexual harm
    Term 4 Week 2


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

  9. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here ( Letter to P5 Parents & Opt-Out Letter.pdf ). A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the Form Teacher by 25 Jan 2017.

  10. Parents can contact the school at 6315 7600 or email the school at www.springdale_ps@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

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