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Important info for our 'Changing Me' lessons

Dear Bluebell Parents, 

At the beginning of June you were made aware of the PHSE Programme we would be covering during the Summer Term and given a brief outline about the themes covered during this unit (please go to the School Safeguarding Blog or use this link to refresh yourselves).

Starting from this Friday we will be looking at the correct names for our private parts in our Jigsaw sessions. Because some of what is being covered may be new to your child, or may prompt them to ask questions at home, I wanted to give you a brief outline of what we will be doing in the sessions. If you wish, you may want to discuss this with your child prior to the session on Friday.

We will begin the session by discussing how we can tell if animals are male or female. We will then move on to how boys and girls are also different and that one difference is our private parts. Children will be introduced to the vocabulary: penis, testicles, vagina and anus. They will decide which are male, which are female and which are both. Any pictures used are provided by Jigsaw and are illustrations - not photographs.

We understand this may cause a few giggles. The children will be assured it's okay to get embarrassed or shy as we don't usually talk about our private parts, but it's important to know the proper names for them.

We will ensure that children are not made to feel ashamed and instead understand private means special or important to us. The session will be taught alongside the 'Pantosaurus' (see link below) so that children understand their private parts are just for them and no-one has the right to see or touch them without permission.

We will end the session by discussing when it is okay and when it is not okay to talk about our private parts e.g. at the doctors.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Many thanks,

Miss Simpson