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Body Safety - Respectful Relationship and Sexuality Education for Students in the Primary Years

Recently, parents were invited to an Information Night regarding the Body Safety Program. Body Safety is incorporated into the school’s Wellbeing Program at all campuses. Not all parents were able to attend the evening. The following information will provide you with a guide of the program at the junior campuses.

The program focuses on Unique Relationship and Sexuality Education with content being age-appropriate and lots of fun. The program is informed by the AusVELS curriculum and incorporates stories, crafts, group discussions, activities and games to deliver a message about love, families, belonging, bodies and the people who help keep us safe. 

Prep to Year 2 

Session 1 - My Family
Students explore who is in their family, the role of families and how families are similar and different. Students will identify the people who make them feel safe as part of a protective behaviours strategy.

Session 2 - My Body
Students name private body parts and discuss the difference between private, personal and public parts. Discussion revolves around ‘early warning signs' and where people may feel them in their bodies.

Session 3 - Babies
Students learn about conception (an egg and a sperm come together to make a baby). At this year level intercourse is not discussed. Students often enjoy talking about when they were born, fostered or adopted into their families and are welcome to bring a photo or memento to share with their classmates.    

Body Safety Australia endeavours to provide classes that are inclusive of students from all family structures, cultural backgrounds and of any religious or non-religious affiliation. 

Years 3 & 4

Session 1 - My Family
Students explore who is in their family, the role of families in meeting the needs of children, and how families are similar and different. They will begin to explore the concept of shared values of families globally.

Session 2 - Body Parts, Sex and Gender
Students name private body parts and discuss the difference between private, personal and public parts. They discuss the difference between sex (biology) and gender (identity and presentation). Students explore gender stereotypes in sport, advertising and movies and challenge some dominant messages.

Session 3 - Body Safety (Protective Behaviours)
Students learn about private, personal and public body parts, good touch and bad touch, bodily autonomy and consenting to touch. Students discuss the difference between secrets and surprises and identify the adults who keep them safe.

Session 4 - Babies
Focuses on conception including intercourse and assisted reproduction. Children also learn about foetal development and birth. Students often enjoy talking about when they were born, fostered or adopted into their families and are welcome to bring a photo or memento to share with their classmates.    

Session 5 - Puberty Basics
Many students in Years 3 and 4 will already be experiencing the first stages of puberty. This session gives a brief overview of what they can expect from physical changes that happen to all young people, emotional changes, sperm production and periods.

Again, Body Safety Australia endeavours to provide classes that are inclusive of students from all family structures, cultural backgrounds and of any religious or non-religious affiliation.

Years 5 & 6

The focus at this level uses stories, crafts, group discussions, activities and games to deliver a message about growing up, changing, respectful relationships and staying safe online.

Session 1 – Anatomy and Reproduction
Students learn to name anatomy and the reproductive system. They discuss the difference between sex (biology) and gender (identity and presentation). This session also covers the physical changes that can happen in all bodies during puberty.

Session 2 - Periods and Sperm Production
This session covers ovulation, menstruation, sperm production and emotions. It is about more than physical changes and looks at the impact of hormones on emotions, strategies for managing strong emotions, romantic and sexual feeling and sexual identity.

Session 3 - Sex and Babies
Conception is discussed in this session including the various pathways taken by different families when they start a family. Foetal development and childbirth are covered.

Session 4 – The Law and Young People
This session includes information about the law, young people and sex with a focus on their rights to be safe from unwanted sexual advances and their responsibilities towards their peers.

Session 5 – Sexuality and Relationships
This session helps young people navigate emerging sexuality - either their own or that of the people around them. Students will learn the concept of consent in both platonic and romantic relationships. This includes setting and respecting physical, verbal and emotional boundaries. Time is spent talking about sex and sexuality in context of Internet and social media use including the law, rights, responsibilities and creative solutions beyond 'delete, block, report'.

Session 6 - Respectful Relationships in a Digital Age
Finally, this session investigates sexual media literacy. Students will be encouraged to break down the messages they receive in the media including an analysis of sex, power, gender inequality and unrealistic portrayals of bodies and relationships.

Again, Body Safety Australia endeavours to provide classes that are inclusive of students from all family structures, cultural backgrounds and of any religious or non-religious affiliation.

Parents are encouraged to contact Body Safety Australia to ask how to best support your child.