However, parents have raised concerns about the age-inappropriate nature of some of the resources.
During Lesson 3 (Families), children are presented with pictures of families that include pictures of same sex couples.
The lesson plan recommends reading The Family Book by Todd Parr. Whilst we acknowledge there are same sex parents, providing a surplus of reading materials with same sex parents is a concern for some heterosexual parents supportive of traditional family structures – a religious (and/or philosophical) conviction protected by The European Convention on Human Rights.
Additional reading includes Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch, which describes families with two mums and two dads.
Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl? features Tiny, the gender neutral protagonist who loves to dress up as a pirate, doctor or fairy. Tiny is sometimes asked, “Are you boy or are you a girl?”, and at the end of the book replies, “I am me”.
In lesson 3, this body parts worksheet is used; children match the body part with its name. Whilst in 2020 many children are exposed to explicit images, families who wish to promote varying degrees of modesty in their families must sanction the use of such images before exposing children to them. There is concern that continuous exposure to explicit images at school can lead to immunising children against the concept of privacy and thus potentially expose them to grooming.
This close-up of a vagina is also used during the lesson.
The book Where Willy Went by Nicholas Allan is recommended as an additional resource.
Another additional recommended book is Hair in Funny Places by Babette Cole.
The Year 5 teaching guide prepares teachers to address questions about sexual feelings and masturbation.
CWP recommends showing a range of videos from the Amaze website as an additional activity. Screenshots of several Amaze videos are provided below.
During lesson 3 (Families, Conception & Pregnancy), teachers are presented with the option to show a film from BBC Teach, Sex – What’s it all about?. The clip shows a discussion between young children and teachers about:
● Sexual penetration
● Same sex couples having sex
● The pleasure of having sex
● Orgasm and male ejaculation
● Periods and teenagers having a baby
● Protection during sex and condoms
Teachers are advised to use a set of pictures showing the process of intercourse, including the following illustrations.