We deliver Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) from Reception to Year 6 through the scheme Spring Fever. We have been delivering the programme for several years now and, as a school, we found it very positive for the children.
Spring Fever is based on a well established and successful Dutch programme, with a strong evidence base that demonstrates the positive impact it has had. Spring Fever has been recommended by Warwickshire LA and is already being delivered by many primary and secondary schools across the county. It is a fully supported training and educational package which focuses on comprehensive Relationship and Sex Education across all year groups from Reception to Year 6.
There can be a lot of misunderstanding about what a comprehensive relationship and sex education package might contain, especially when aimed at primary school children. There is the worry that children will lose their innocence if we give them certain information too soon. The evidence suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, Spring Fever is an evidence based package which progresses year-by-year to an age appropriate level. The programme is designed to be delivered across all year groups and builds in knowledge and details along with the children’s natural development and curiosity.
There are four key themes that run throughout the programme:
- Physical development & self-image
- Reproduction & Family forming
- Social & Emotional Development
These themes cover the physical changes of puberty; the similarities and differences between boys and girls body’s, including giving the correct names to all their body parts (as we know this is a huge protective factor and helps to keep children safe); whilst also answering the question of sex and where babies come from - more importantly, these issues are supported by a frame work of lessons which puts them firmly in context and focuses on children learning the skills to form and maintain positive relationships, especially friendships, based on respect and empathy.
The focus is on providing children with a safe space to ask questions and offers fun and responsible support which enables children to express and deal with their feelings in a positive manner. It helps to tackle many of the issues which arise naturally in school, from dealing with crushes, friendships, and understanding the social rules and boundaries that exist around us and our bodies.
So that we can work in Partnership, we have put a diary of areas to be covered on our website; this enables parents to be fully informed.
The important point to remember is that the sole purpose of this teaching package is designed to provide support for children in their relationships and sexual health development, in an age-appropriate manner. This should enable them to develop into individuals who:
- Respect both themselves and others
- Are aware of their own and other’s people’s feelings, wishes, opinions and capabilities
- Can increasingly make better decisions in the area of relationships and sexual health.
If you have any questions or concerns we urge you to get in touch or attend our information sessions in the summer term.
Schools that have delivered the programme have found that children become more confident and open to asking questions. There is less unrest in the classroom and fewer problems in the interactions between girls and boys. Indeed, children find it easier to correct their classmates if they behave inappropriately or in a manner that makes them feel uncomfortable. Children feel better prepared to deal with the challenges of puberty and become more assertive.
Please visit our website and the Spring Fever website for more information: