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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 to:

    • 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;
    • 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
    • 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

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

Overview of Nus High School Years 1 - 4 Sexuality Education Programme for 2020

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 or 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)

Growing Years (GY) Programme:

i.      “The Teenage Years (2nd Edition)” (Lower Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

ii.    “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

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 Teenage Years” and “Sense & Sexuality” packages, 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.

Overview of Nus High School Years 5 & 6 Sexuality Education Programme 

8.         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.

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package

9.         The focus for “Love Matters” is on issues in relationships. The focus of the JC/CI package is on Interpersonal Relationships, with themes of Human Development, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and Culture, Society and Law woven into the main focus on relationships.


At NUS High School, the following lessons from the Years 1- 6 Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2020:

Year 1 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD


Respectful Relationships and 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  

Semester 1 

 Respectful Relationships and Safety 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 
Semester 1  
  Respectful Relationships and Safety 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.) 
 Semester 1  


Year 2 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

Respectful Relationships and Safety

(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.

Semester 1 


(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.

Semester 1 

Respectful Relationships and Safety

(60 mins)

  • Recognise the importance of self-respect and respect for others when 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.

Semester 1 


Year 3 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

The Real Self  

(Part 2)

1

(60 mins)

  • recognise the importance of having healthy self-esteem that is not affected by external influences
  • demonstrate strategies to identify and evaluate sources that contribute towards healthy self-esteem
  • recognise the importance of self-esteem in building friendships Identity and healthy relationships

Semester 1 

Lessons about Love

(Part 3) 

2

(60 mins)

  • recognise what constitutes responsible dating
  • evaluate if a dating relationship is healthy or unhealthy
  • demonstrate competencies in managing emotions in dating and romantic relationships
  • recognise differences in perspectives of dating and romantic relationships
  • evaluate one’s readiness for romantic relationships
  • recognise challenges that occur in the context of a relationship
  • examine how our response to emotions can affect relationships positively or negatively
 
Semester 1 

Lessons about Love

(Part 3)  
(60 mins)

  • Learn to negotiate their way out of a risky situation by applying skills of assertiveness and responsible decision-making

Semester 1 

 eTeens Program for Year 3: 

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     

Semester 1


Year 4 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD


“Familiar” Strangers

Alert

5

(60 mins)

  • Know what is considered pornographic material on the Internet under the Internet code of practice·      
  • Reflect on the legal consequences of sexual behaviour and include these considerations in their decision-making pertaining to pornography

Semester 1

Lessons about Love (Part 3..continued)

6

(60 mins)

  • recognise the different levels of physical intimacy in a relationship
  • know the progressive nature of actions that lead to sexual arousal and intercourse
  • recognise that one may unintentionally invite sexual intimacy through one’s verbal and non-verbal behaviour

Semester 1

Lessons about Love (Part 3..continued)

7

(30 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
  • 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

Semester 1

Lessons about Love

(Part 4A)

8

(60 mins)

  • explain the process of grief and loss that people experience when a relationship breaks down
  • exercise sensitivity and empathy when communicating break- ups
  • recognise that one can emerge stronger after a break-up
Semester 1
eTeens Program for Year 4 (postpone from 2020 due to Covid-19) 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 
Semester 1 


Year 5 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD


The Real Self

(Part 3)

1

(60 mins)

  • analyse the impact of one’s self-perception on one’s behaviour
  • recognise that some messages in the media have sexual connotations and reflect ideals or stereotypes
  • evaluate messages that promote casual sexual activity among adolescents
  • recognise that the media has a tendency to inaccurately reflect the effort needed to nurture and maintain relationships

Semester 2

Lessons about Love (Part 6)

3

(60 mins)

  • know that love is a commitment and it is not the same as having feelings of attraction
  • appreciate the importance of balanced roles, self-respect and mutual respect in the healthy development of relationships
  • recognize that differences in values, goals, and expectations may become challenges and /or lead to conflicts in the relationship 
  • know the different styles of conflict management and acquire effective techniques of conflict management in a romantic relationship

Semester 2

4

(60 mins)

  • appreciate that abstinence is to be cherished and is contingent on the exercise of self-control 
  • examine and empathise with the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy faced by an unmarried couple 
  • appreciate that one’s beliefs on abortion is influenced by one’s religion, culture and values.
  • recognise that an abortion can have severe effects 
  • evaluate one’s own beliefs about STIs/HIV/AIDS and the need to treat all individuals with respect and dignity
  • recognise that there is a tendency to underestimate one’s own vulnerability

Semester 2
eTeens Program for Year 5
Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor

  • Awareness of the different STI and HIV
  • Modes of transmission for STI and HIV
  • Modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condom
  • Consequences and impact of STI/HIV
  • State the ways of managing the challenges of the impact

Semester 2

 

Year 6 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD


Lessons about Love (Part 7)

5

(60 mins)

  • identify signs of an unhealthy dating relationship and the early indications of a breakdown of relationship 
  • appreciate that one can emerge stronger despite having gone through a breakup
  • explore beliefs about marriage
  • know the possible psychological impact on children experiencing parental separation or divorce
  • recognise the importance of having family support for a relationship
  • aspire to develop similar enduring character traits and qualities that one would consider in a life partner
  • appreciate that marriage is a lifetime commitment and that there will be challenges in marriage as in any other relationships
  • recognise that commitment is a necessary ingredient for success in a marriage
  • identify responsibilities involved and the challenges faced in marriages

Semester 1

6

(60 mins)

  • recognise that personal decisions on how one displays own affections in public can affect others
  • discern the impact of new media on relationship building

Semester 1