Sexuality Education Programme

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:

(i)            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;

(ii)          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

(iii)         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 Junyuan Secondary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2022

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 for 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)

Sexuality Education Lessons:

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 Sexuality Education lessons, 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.


At Junyuan Secondary School, the following lessons from the Sexuality Education Programme will be taught in 2022:

Secondary 1

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & 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

Term 1 Week 8

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

Term 2 Week 6

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.)

Term 2 Week 9


Secondary 2

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1

(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

Term 1 Week 6

2A

(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

Term 1 Week 9

2B

(60 mins)

·      Recognise the importance of self-respect        and respect for others in 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

Term 3 Week 2


Secondary 3

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1A

(60 mins)

Know that self-perception and identity            have an impact on our self-esteem and            how we interact with others and the                choices we make, both online and                    offline. 

Understand that expectations of oneself         and others may differ and can affect                one’s emotions, thoughts and                        behaviours. 

Recognise what healthy dating                        relationships involve and know that                readiness is important when entering            into a dating relationship. 

Term 1 Week 8

1B

(60 mins)

Know that relationship-building involves         personal emotions and vulnerabilities,            and changes and challenges. 

Know that a decision to end a                        relationship will have consequences on         oneself and others. 

Know that grief and loss due to                        rejections and broken relationships is            normal and one can recover from the               experience. 

Know there are healthy ways of coping            with broken relationships, and family and         friends are important pillars of support. 

Term 2 Week 5

2

(60 mins)

Recognise the importance of being                informed of social and moral issues of            the day and the need to reflect on these         issues, and weigh them against our own         moral standpoints as we form our                    perspectives about them. 

Understand that we strengthen our                character when we commit to sound                values-based viewpoints (e.g. respect            for life) and decisions, and speak and            act in alignment with our beliefs. 

Term 3 Week



Secondary 4 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION


Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1
(60 mins)

Understand that the value of a person is         not tied to one’s gender and not                    conforming to gender stereotypes does           not negate one’s gender identity.

Understand what gender stereotypes               comprise, e.g. notions of masculinity and         femininity vary over time and space, and         are shaped by societal expectations. 

Know that imposing gender stereotypes         on oneself and others can limit one’s            experiences, cause harm to the self-               esteem of oneself and others and                    should be avoided. 

Term 1 Week 8

Respectful Relationships & Safety

2

(60 mins)

Know there are healthy ways of coping            with broken relationships, and family and         friends are important pillars of support. 

Recognise emotions caused by                        traumatic situations, e.g. bullying, abuse         and dating violence, and understand the         physiological and psychological, social            impact on victims. 

Understand that we need moral courage         and wisdom to recognise and end                    relationships that are unhealthy and                cause harm to our mental and emotional         well-being. 

Understand the importance of ensuring         that non-verbal messages match with            verbal ones, when communicating                personal and emotional boundaries in a         relationship. 

Term 1 Week 10

Respectful Relationships & Safety

3

(60 mins)

Know that long-term romantic                        relationships leading to marriage involve         understanding oneself and others in the         intellectual, emotional, social and moral         dimensions.  

Know that marriage entails a union                between a man and a woman based on         love, trust, commitment, and requires            mutual effort. 

Understand that conflicts are normal in            any relationship, including marriage,                and the way in which a couple handles            conflict is critical to the success of their            marriage. 

Term 2 Week 6

Respectful Relationships & Safety

4

(60 mins)

Understand that we strengthen our                character when we commit to sound                values-based viewpoints (e.g. respect            for life) and decisions, and speak and            act in alignment with our beliefs. 

Term 3 Week 5


Secondary 5 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1

(60 mins)

Understand that the value of a person is         not tied to one’s gender and not                    conforming to gender stereotypes does         not negate one’s gender identity.

Understand what gender stereotypes            comprise, e.g. notions of masculinity and         femininity vary over time and space, and         are shaped by societal expectations. 

Know that imposing gender stereotypes         on oneself and others can limit one’s            experiences, cause harm to the self-               esteem of oneself and others and should         be avoided.

Term 1 Week 8


eTeens Programme:

8.         eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.

9.         Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STIs/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

At Junyuan Secondary School, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2022:

Topics/Lessons

Programme Learning Objectives


Time Period
(e.g. Term 3 Week 9)

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

Term 3 Week 6

Classroom-based Lesson

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

Term 3 Week 9

Information for Parents

10.       Parents may opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lessons, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

11.       Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lessons need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. The completed form is to be submitted to your child’s form teacher by 28/01/2022 (Friday).

12.       Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. The completed form is to be submitted to your child’s form teacher by 28/01/2022 (Friday).

13.       Parents can contact the school at 6587 3683 or junyuan_ss@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

14.       Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.