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Sexuality Education

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.


The goals of Sexuality Education are:

  1. 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;
  2. 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
  3. 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.


The key messages of Sexuality Education are: 

  1. Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
  2. Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
  3. Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
  4. 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 Riverside Primary School's Sexuality Education Programme for 2017

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.


The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:

  1. Science
  2. Form Teacher Guidance Period(FTGP)
  3. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)


Growing Years (GY) Programme

“Curious Minds (2nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching and Learning Resource Package


The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty. With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.


The refreshed Primary 5 and 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes, build healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.

At Riverside Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2017:






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


Gosh! I Am Changing

What Is Happening To Me?

(30 min)

  • know what puberty is
  • identify the physical changes during puberty

Term II

Week 10

What Can I Do? (Part 1)

(30 min)

  • identify the stresses caused by physical changes during  puberty
  • describe ways to manage the stresses caused by physical  changes during puberty

What Can I Do? (Part 2)

(30 min)

  • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional  changes during puberty
  • describe ways to manage the stresses caused by these  changes during puberty

Term II

Week 10

Main Task

(30 min)

  • play the role of an Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a  peer address his/her experiences during puberty
  • share ways to help him/her cope with the changes  he/she is going through

Where I


What Are Families?

(30 min)


  • know that there are different types of family  structures
  • know that every family is unique
  • state that the three basic functions of families are to  provide love, protection and guidance
  • identify the right sources of help to turn to when in  need

Term IV

Week 10

What is My Role?

(30 min)

  • know that gender is about being male or female
  • choose not to stereotype by gender

How Do I Keep Myself Safe?

What is Safety?

(30 min)

  • know what sexual abuse is
  • know that there are laws in Singapore that can protect  them from sexual abuse
  • know their rights in keeping themselves safe from  sexual abuse

Term IV

Week 10

Stop It! Run! Tell!

(30 min)

  • protect themselves by resisting and removing themselves  from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult
  • know their responsibilities in minimising the risk of  sexual harm















Notes for Parents

Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme.
Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme will 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. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 24 February 2017.
Parents can contact Mrs Christina Muru (Subject Head, Pupil Management) at (tel) 63654490 or (email) riverside_ps@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s Sexuality Education programme.
Parents who wish to attend the school's Sexuality Education programme should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.