Sex and Relationships Education is part of the PSHE and Curriculum from Foundation Stage to Year 6. The youngest children begin by thinking about families and simple differences between boys and girls. Children in Year 5 and 6 have sessions with the School Nurse to consider changes at puberty, sexual intercourse and the birth of a baby, within the context of an adult, loving relationship. Children’s questions are answered sensitively, honestly and in as much detail as is appropriate to the age and stage of development of the individual.
All materials are available for parents to view and parents have the right to withdraw their child from the parts of sex and relationships education that are not covered by the National Curriculum for science. Any parent wishing to do so should make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher and inform the Headteacher in writing.
Throughout the school, children are encouraged to develop the self-esteem and confidence which they need to respond safely and responsibly to situations as they arise, both while they are at Greenfields and in the future. As part of this the school uses the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and linked learning skills aimed at teaching children how to work successfully together, negotiate and compromise, persevere and have the confidence to take risks in their learning.