Sex and Relationships Education at Bettws Lifehouse
We take our guidance for this area from the New Curriculum for Wales (Health and Well Being), where it states that:
This area can help learners understand and value how feelings of belonging and connection that come from healthy relationships have a powerful effect on health well-being.
Learners need to recognise when relationships are unhealthy and need to be aware of how to keep safe, and seek support for themselves and others.
Learners will be encouraged to understand that, throughout their lives, they will experience a range of relationships. They will also be encouraged to develop their abilities to form, nurture and maintain relationships.
As a result, they will see how healthy relationships are vital for a healthy body and mind, allowing us to thrive.
If you have any questions with this aspect of our education please contact me at school.
Fiona Davies – Head Teacher for Lower School.
Key stage 3 teacher-led units of work
Exercise 1- “Ground Rules − Why?” Cartoon strip story is interpreted by whole class. Consensus reached on: value of communication, accessing health information, and building Ground Rules.
Exercise 2 – “Talking Points” Short questionnaire on understanding puberty - how it changes us, others, and how we see and behave towards each other.
Exercise 3 – “Love and Sex for Aliens” Online conversation between human and aliens - explores the complexity of love, sex, responsibility and family values
Exercise 4 – “Relationships Sorted” Cards show different relationships and forms of intimacy. Sequenced by criteria e.g. physical changes, emotional involvement, commitment, and health risk.
Exercise 5 – “Teen Scenes” A variety of short teenage scenes are read out loud. Knowledge, beliefs and values are interrogated.
Exercise 6- “Festival Fever” A couple anticipate going to a festival. Short episodes are read out loud. Conclusion: only perception of social expectation creates pressure to have sex. Solution: discuss and postpone.
Key stage 4 teacher-led units of work
Exercise 7 – “Relationships – explore the rules” Examines a developing relationship. Cards are sorted into physical and social ‘moves’. Worksheets focus students on themes of development, control and normative expectations.
Exercise 8 – “Relationships – playing the game” Cards facilitate a game which simulates various relationships. Moves can advance, slow down or stop physical and social aspects of a relationship. Discussion : Why is negotiation important?
Exercise 9 – “Pregnancy – Risks and Choices” Short scenes of a story examine circumstances and pressures which lead up to unprotected sex. Explores influence of friends, social norms, contraceptive choices and solutions.
Exercise 10 – “STIs – Risks and Choices” A simulation exercise ‘models’ sexual encounters amongst a group of young adults causing spread of Chlamydia. Consensus -adoption of safer sexual practices will protect participants
Exercise 11 – “Contraception Hardwear” Card sorting exercises and read-backs enable class to memorise 6 steps of condom application. Accessibility of local services is discussed – ideal for health professional input.
Exercise 12 – “Contraception Soft skills” Short scenes examine the social complexity of negotiating condom use. Influence of friends, false starts and misfires demonstrate relationship skills count more than procedural skills!