Spring fever 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. It has links with our Science and PSHE curriculum and takes place through a daily dedicated lesson over one week.
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
Whilst these themes do 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.
This will be our second year of delivering the programme and, as a school, we found it very positive for the children and through a questionnaire to parents/carers the response was also positive. When asked, “What did you like about the Spring Fever programme?” some parent comments were:
Empowering for the children
It seemed grounded and fun. Well aimed at different year groups.
Delivered with compassion, care and understanding
(For the full break down of the questionnaire please use the link)
So that we can work in Partnership, we have included a diary of areas to be covered, enabling parents to be fully informed. You will find links to the diaries below.
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.
Should you wish your child to be withdrawn from Relationship and Sex Education you are at liberty to make such a request in writing to the Headteacher. However, we would prefer to work in partnership and discuss any concerns around the programme and how we can adapt the individual lessons but still teach the main aspects.