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MOE Sexuality Education in Schools

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD)

 

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 to:

 

(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.

 

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Overview of ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD) 
Sexuality Education Programme for 2021

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:

a.    Science

b.    Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

Sexuality Education Lessons:

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 Sexuality Education lessons, 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. 


AT ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD) THE FOLLOWING LESSONS FROM THE GROWING YEARS PROGRAMME WILL BE TAUGHT IN 2021:

SECONDARY 1

Secondary 1

CCE 2021 Theme: Making Choices

 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

 

 

1

(60 mins)

·       Recognise the importance of monitoring and managing our emotional reactions, in helpful ways that are reflective of our values and principles

·       Recognise that there are different forms of love (e.g. familial, platonic, romantic love)

·       Recognise the importance and understand what builds healthy and supportive relationships, both online and offline

·       Understand what dating is, and recognise that the readiness and interest in dating vary among individuals

Term 2 Week 9

2

(60 mins)

·       Understand that physical and psychological abuse from others, especially those we know and trust, can have strong negative effects on a person’s self-concept

Term 2 Week 9

3

(60 mins)

·       Understand and accept that as we work towards becoming our best self, there will be times when we make mistakes, and recognise the importance of exercising moral courage in facing up to consequences

·       Recognise that there are moral and legal consequences of risky sexual behaviours, pornography access and acting irresponsibly or maliciously when online (e.g. spreading of online falsehoods, flouting copyright laws, etc.)

Term 3 Week 1

SECONDARY 2

Secondary 2

CCE 2021 Theme: Making Choices

 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1

(60  mins)

·       Know that one’s understanding of gender roles should not be limited by gender stereotypes

·       Develop an appreciation of one’s own unique qualities and characteristics as a male or female

·       Understand what sexual orientation entails

Term 2 Week 9

2A

(60 mins)

·       Recognise one’s vulnerability to risky situations and the importance of exercising discretion to reduce risks and avoid negative consequences, both online and offline

Term 3 Week 1

2B

(60 mins)

·       Recognise the importance of self-respect and respect for others in relating to members of the opposite gender

·       Recognise one’s vulnerability to risky situations and the importance of exercising discretion to reduce risks and avoid negative consequences, both offline and online

Term 3 Week 2

SECONDARY 3

Secondary 3

Sense and Sexuality (2nd Edition)

 

UNIT

DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

High Risk Prevention

(60 mins)

·       To understand the levels of physical intimacy and learn ways to prevent high-risk situations from happening

·       To identify high-risk situations which lead to pre-marital sex

Term 2 Week 2

Is Sex Really Touch and Go?

(60 mins)

·       To reflect on the values we hold when we are involved in a relationship

·       To reflect on the short and long term effects of sexual intimacy on each of the five dimensions of a person- intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and morally

Term 2 Week 3

Being Aware, Being Safe

(60 mins)

·       To know the usefulness and dangers of making friends over social networking platforms

·       To now the physiological, psychological and social impact of sexual abuse on the individual

·       To recognise the provision of Singapore laws that serves to protect teenagers from sexual perpetrators and persecute those who have committed such crimes

·       To identify sources to seek help and support

Term 2 Week 9

Dating Violence

(60 mins)

·       To surface the physiological, psychological and social impact of dating violence

·       To know strategies to protect themselves from dating violence

Term 3 Week 1

Must It Be As Expected?

 

(60 mins)

·       To distinguish between biologically-based and socially-conditioned gender characteristics

·       To evaluate views towards self and others, with regard to gender differences and stereotypes

Term 3 Week 3

SECONDARY 4

Secondary 4

Sense and Sexuality (2nd Edition)

 

UNIT

DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

Media Influence

(60 mins)

·       To equip students with the skills to identify distortions in media leading to wrong perception on members of the opposite sex

Term 2 Week 5

Getting to Know You

(60 mins)

·       To recognise what constitutes responsible dating

·       To evaluate if a dating relationship is healthy or unhealthy

·       To demonstrate competencies in managing emotions in dating and romantic relationships

Term 3 Week 2

The Dating Game

(60 mins)

·       To recognise differences in perspectives of dating and romantic relationships

·       To evaluate one's readiness for romantic relationships

·       To recognise challenges that occur in the context of a relationship

·       To examine how our response to emotions can affect relationships positively or negatively

Term 3 Week 3

Too Bold for Comfort

                                        

(60 mins)

·       To identify some consequences of premarital sex & legal implications to underage sex

·       To set personal boundaries for sexual behaviour

4NA/NT: Term 3 Week 9

 

4EXP: Term 4 Week 2

Happily Ever After?

(60 mins)

·       To value marriage as a lifetime commitment based on trust, love and requires mutual effort

·       To recognise conflicts are an indeniable part of any relationship, including marriage

·       To acquire communication and interpersonal skills which are required to build strong marriages and to effectively manage challenges in marriages

Term 4 Week 3

SECONDARY 5


Secondary 5

Sense and Sexuality (2nd Edition)

 

UNIT

DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

Publicly Private Matters of the Heart (Part 1)

 

(60 mins)

·       Evaluate the norms of acceptability for public display of affection

·       Recognise how new media has shaped public perception of acceptability of public display of affection

·       Recognise how new media has influenced relationship building both positively and negatively

Term 3 Week 2

Publicly Private Matters of the Heart (Part 2)

(60 mins)

·       Identify the strengths and limitations of new media in allowing people to develop serious relationships

·       Recognise how new media has influenced relationship building both positively and negatively

·       Appreciate the value of face-to-face relationships

Term 3 Week 3


eTEENS PROGRAMME:


8.       eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students (and Secondary 4 for Mass Talk only) 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 ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD), THE ETEENS PROGRAMME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AS FOLLOWS IN 2021:


Topics/Lessons

Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor

·       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

Term 3 Week 3

Classroom-based Lesson 1: Decision-Making

·       Understand there are consequences in any decision one makes regarding sexual intercourse

·       Realise that decision-making is a process that can be learnt

·       Understand that one needs correct and accurate information to make the right decisions regarding one’s sexual health

·       Learn to make decisions that will reduce the risk to their sexual health

Term 4 Week 2

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS


Information for Parents

10.      Parents may opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lessons. These students will have to attend an alternative Values lessons during the time slot.

11.      Only trained teachers conduct Sexuality Education lessons. We do not engage external vendors to conduct Sexuality Education in our school.

12.      Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lessons need to complete an opt-out form, shared via Parents Gateway. The completed form is to be submitted by 18/02/2021.

13.     Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme (for sec 3 and 4) need to complete an opt-out form, shared via Parents Gateway. The completed form is to be submitted by 18/02/2021.

14.  Parents can contact the school’s Sexuality Education Coordinator, Ms Sherri Tan, at sherri_tan@acsbr.moe.edu.sg or 62561633 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.