It was great to welcome RSE Consultant Jonny Hunt to KSA twice in the last week when he led sessions for all pupils in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6. The children in the lower years thought carefully about their bodies, starting off with the song ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’; they soon realised that there is a big part of the middle of them which gets ignored! The children engaged well with the discussions and learnt the importance of making sure they got permission before touching other people and how they should ask others to stop. As well as finding out the names of those private parts which get covered by underwear (with thanks to the NSPCC‘s ‘Pantosaurus’ song and Talking PANTS), the children in Year 3 thought carefully about the safe adults in their lives who they can talk to.
Year 5 children shared their knowledge of puberty, and we were impressed with their mature attitude as they discussed changing bodies and feelings. There was a super link to our Growth Mindset word ‘respect’ as the children learnt how they will grow up at different rates. Our Year 6 pupils enjoyed a great Question and Answer session, when Jonny answered various questions about growing up which the children had submitted anonymously beforehand.
It was great to see all the children participating so well in these sessions, in many cases overcoming feelings of embarrassment. They have all learnt that it’s ok to talk appropriately to each other about our bodies and growing up, that there are words which will always make us giggle a bit and that it’s better to find things out from a trusted adult than the internet!