Parents - Year 3-6 Health and Human Relationships


The students in Years 3 – 6 undertake a unit on Health and Human Relationships.
 Students in Year 3 and 4 will be learning about;
·         The parts of the body
·         Changes during puberty
·         Qualities of good friends
·         Body image
·         Cybersafety – maintaining your online reputation/respect
Students in Year 5 and 6 will be learning about;
·         Changes during puberty and hygiene
·         Menstruation, sperm production and conception
·         Body image – respecting yourself and others
·         Cybersafety – maintaining your online reputation/respect
·         Sources of information about puberty
It helps children to know that everyone who has been through puberty has probably felt curious, uncomfortable or excited. We also want students to know who they can go to if they have questions or want to talk about how they are feeling.
This is the first time we have offered a specific unit covering the topic of body image. We will also be covering managing your online reputation. As a unit we feel this is topical at the moment and know we need to prepare our students for the world in which they live. The Education Department provide the Catching on Early curriculum measured under AusVELS which covers these topics. The teaching program for Years 3/4 is different to the 5/6 program but we feel it important to introduce these topics in a simple, age appropriate way as we are certainly seeing students approaching puberty at a younger age.

We realise this subject, more than most, sends many parents into a panic, causes us to blush to a pleasant shade of beetroot and manages to have us tripping over our words but it is so important that parents take the lead in giving information, answering questions in a non-judgmental way and building a relationship that will take the children through their teen years successfully. We encourage you to set aside time to come along to the information night. Both parents if possible and without children for this session please. We are all in this together.