Whitestone Infant School will deliver the early stages of the 'All About Me' programme. It is a fully supported training and educational package which focuses on comprehensive relationship and sex education across all year groups from Reception to Year 6. The latter stages of the programme are delivered at Chetwynd Junior School.
Indeed, there is a lot misunderstanding about what a comprehensive relationship and sex education package might contain, especially when aimed at primary school children. There is the worry that children will lose their innocence if we give them certain information too soon. The evidence suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, All About Me is an evidence based package which progresses year-by-year to an age appropriate level. The programme is designed to be delivered across all year groups and builds in knowledge and details along with the children’s natural development and curiosity.
There are five key themes that run throughout the programme:
Whilst these themes do cover the physical changes of puberty; the similarities and differences between boys and girls bodies, including giving the correct names to all their body parts (as we know this is a huge protective factor and helps to keep children safe); whilst also answering the question of sex and where babies come from - more importantly, these issues are supported by a frame work of lessons which puts them firmly in context and focuses on children learning the skills to form and maintain positive relationships, especially friendships, based on respect and empathy.
Indeed, the focus is on providing children with a safe space to ask questions and offers fun and responsible support which enables children to express and deal with their feelings in a positive manner. It helps to tackle many of the issues which arise naturally in school, from dealing with crushes, friendships, and understanding the social rules and boundaries that exist around us and our bodies.
Schools that have delivered the programme have found that children become more confident and open to asking questions. There is less unrest in the classroom and fewer problems in the interactions between girls and boys. Indeed, children find it easier to correct their classmates if they behave inappropriately or in a manner that makes them uncomfortable. Children feel better prepared to deal with the challenges of puberty and become more assertive.