Primary Education: Years 3 & 4
Year 3 & 4 students build on the foundations of the Prep - Year 2 program. Students participate in four one-hour sessions. An optional fifth session is available.
A recent US study found that 10% of seven year-old Caucasian girls have commenced puberty. Australia has not produced a comparable study but teachers and health professionals agree that the age of onset of puberty appears to be declining. While AusVELS only requires puberty to be taught at years five and six, many students and school communities have benefited from an introductory class in year four.
Session One - My Family
What is a family? Students explore different family structures in an inclusive and respectful manner.
What is the purpose of a family?
Healthy families love each other, work together and disagree sometimes
Global families. Individuals as part of a wider society.
Students will create a family circle rather than family tree that allows for the recognition of student's loved ones who may not be related by birth or adoption.
Session Two - Body parts, Sex and Gender
Genitals and reproductive organs
The difference between sex (male/female/intersex) and gender (boy/girl/transgender/non-binary)
Gender stereotypes and how the differ across cultures
Challenging limiting gender stereotypes
Session Three - Body Safety (protective behaviours)
Private and public body parts
Good touch and bad touch
Bodily autonomy and allowing the child to deny/consent to good touch
When adults ask children to keep secrets
Identifying safe adults
Body safety resources have been developed by primary teacher Jayneen Sanders, author of the acclaimed Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept.
Session Four - Babies
Conception - intercourse is described briefly and followed by a discussion on assisted reproduction
Session Five - The Basics of Puberty (This can be booked as an optional, fifth one-hour session or as a 1.5-hour stand-alone session.)
Body Parts (if booked as a stand-alone session)
Physical changes of puberty
Common emotional changes
With the exception of Session Five - The Basics of Puberty, Years 3 & 4 modules cannot be booked individually, as each unit builds upon knowledge gained in the previous session.