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Welcome to Family Planning Association’s fully interactive primary school resource to help you teach Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in the context of a Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) programme.

We have provided 50 lesson plans for ages 5-11, key stages 1-2, to help you guide your pupils through various subject areas.

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These subject areas are:

  • My body
  • Life Cycles
  • Keeping safe
  • Feelings
  • Relationships
  • Online technology safety
  • Gender stereotypes / celebrating difference

You can use the whole set as a full programme of SRE or you can choose to deliver certain sessions to supplement a current programme.

Yasmine and Tom, our characters, will guide your group through lots of situations and help them explore some tricky issues. The characters get older as your pupils do so they will stay relevant throughout primary school.

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The lesson plans are designed to be as flexible as possible and provide you with a starting point which you can work from and adapt to your class. The SRE lessons are carefully planned to meet the school’s aims of a comprehensive programme of work and the child’s entitlement to this information. Individual lessons have been designed to provide particular learning experiences whether learning facts about eg puberty or reproduction (knowledge), learning how to communicate more effectively with other people (skills) or exploring attitudes to issues eg around sexuality (values).

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When delivered all the lessons should:

  • respect individual children’s views and feelings
  • enable all children to participate through the use of small group work
  • allow some time to consider what they have learned
  • be brought to a satisfactory conclusion in the time available

The well-planned lessons include the following elements:

  • A detailed lesson plan which ensures that:
    • sufficient time is allowed for a meaningful learning experience
    • the lesson is completed as planned and children are not left in the middle of an important discussion or activity
    • the important reflection stage is not missed out
    • the pace and mood of the lesson can be varied to maintain children’s motivation
    • the lesson is designed to meet the aims which are shared with the children

  • A variety of methods and activities which enable students to:
    • interact with one another
    • solve problems and make decisions together
    • share experiences in small groups
    • reflect on their own experiences
    • clarify their values and attitudes
    • express feelings in a constructive way
    • develop inter-personal skills

  • A balance between:
    • pupils working on their own, in small groups and as a whole class
    • oral work eg discussions in 2s, 4s etc., interviewing, conversation, communication
    • written work eg letters, summaries, reviews, stories

  • A defined ending:
    • a whole group activity eg a round
    • setting the next agenda
    • follow-up or preparatory work
    • evaluation