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Junior and Senior Infants

The resources presented in this section are suggested for teaching Junior and Senior Infant pupils. These resources have been developed by state agencies or organisations with expertise in the area of SPHE/RSE. Each resource is also freely available to use in Irish primary school classrooms. 

The resources presented aim to provide a range of relevant materials to address the strands and strand units of RSE, as an aspect of SPHE. Each resource should be considered in respect to the particular needs and interests of children, their parents, the wider school community, and your school’s SPHE and RSE policies.

Please note that the Stay Safe Programme is listed for the relevant strand units to illustrate that it can be used to teach aspects of SPHE/RSE. However, unlike other resources presented, the Stay Safe programme is mandatory and must be taught in all school contexts.

Myself: Self-identity  

         

Self-identity

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Junior Infant Manual Unit 1

This is Me!
No One Quite Like Me

 

Senior Infant Manual Unit 1 

Names I Have 

I Am, I Can, I Like 

 

We All Belong: The We All Belong resource suggests the use of picture books that include the wide variety and backgrounds of  children and families in our school communities. Each suggested picture book includes activities and key questions for teaching. 

Picture Book suggestions and lesson ideas for Gender Expression 

Picture Book suggestions and lesson ideas for Gender Identity

 

Myself: Taking care of my body and Growing and changing  

     Taking care of my body

 

Knowing about my body 

 

RSE Resource: The RSE resource provides a menu of options for classroom lessons from which teachers can choose to support aspects of SPHE. In particular, it can support the sensitive aspects of RSE. 

My Body

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Junior Infant Manual Unit 1

Look At Me Now

 

Senior Infant Manual Unit 4

Our Amazing Bodies

 

The Stay Safe Programme: The Stay Safe Programme should be taught in its entirety over one school year with topics taught consecutively. The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of personal safety education for children and training for teachers, school management boards and parents.

Stay Safe Programme

 

   Growing and changing 

 

As I grow I change

 

RSE Resource: The RSE resource provides a menu of options for classroom lessons from which teachers can choose to support aspects of SPHE. In particular, it can support the sensitive aspects of RSE. 

I Grow

I Grow and Change

 

Birth and new life

 

RSE Resource: The RSE resource provides a menu of options for classroom lessons from which teachers can choose to support aspects of SPHE. In particular, it can support the sensitive aspects of RSE. 

New Life

Caring for New Life

 

Feelings and emotions 

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Junior Infants Manual Unit 5

Feeling Faces

Caring and Sharing 

 

The Right Start: The Right Start resource is skills based providing a menu of activities to develop and build children’s experience of the building blocks of human rights. Its content is mapped across the Primary Curriculum including SPHE.

Empathy

 

The Stay Safe Programme: The Stay Safe Programme should be taught in its entirety over one school year with topics taught consecutively. The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of personal safety education for children and training for teachers, school management boards and parents.

Stay Safe Programme

 

Myself and others: Myself and my family, Myself and other people, Relating to others  

           Myself and my family

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Junior Infant Manual Unit 1

My Important People 

 

We All Belong: The We All Belong resource suggests the use of picture books that include the wide variety and backgrounds of children and families in our school communities. Each suggested picture book includes activities and key questions for teaching. 

Picture books and lesson ideas for all families 

Picture books and lesson ideas for LGBT families

 

     Myself and other people

 

Different Families Same Love Resource: The Different Families Same Love resource aims to support teachers to effectively implement the Anti-Bullying Procedures, with strategies to address homophobic and transphobic bullying. The resource includes good practice guidelines for inclusive schools, advice on class-appropriate use of language, and lesson ideas for all classes in primary school.

Poster

Lesson ideas

 

            Relating to others

 

The Right Start: The Right Start resource is skills based providing a menu of activities to develop and build children’s experience of the building blocks of human rights. Its content is mapped across the Primary Curriculum including SPHE. 

Listening Friends

Communicating Feelings

 

The Stay Safe Programme: The Stay Safe Programme should be taught in its entirety over one school year with topics taught consecutively. The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of personal safety education for children and training for teachers, school management boards and parents.

Stay Safe Programme

 

Myself and the wider world: Developing citizenship and Media education  

      Developing citizenship

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Senior Infant Manual Unit 6

Respecting Difference

 

The Right Start: The Right Start resource is skills based providing a menu of activities to develop and build children’s experience of the building blocks of human rights. Its content is mapped across the Primary Curriculum inlcuding SPHE.

We All Belong

All Different All Equal

 

               Media education

 

Walk Tall: The Walk Tall resource aims to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. This resource was updated in 2016 and now provides a comprehensive set of lessons to teach SPHE. 

 

Senior Infant Manual Unit 6

Our Favourite Programmes

 

The Stay Safe Programme: The Stay Safe Programme should be taught in its entirety over one school year with topics taught consecutively. The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of personal safety education for children and training for teachers, school management boards and parents.

Stay Safe Programme

 

Resources to share with parents/guardians  

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

Tips for parents on how to support teaching of RSE 

 

Talking to your young child about relationships, sexuality and growing up: This resource kit aims to support parents to talk to their young children about relationships and sexuality in a gradual and age-appropriate way

Talking to your young child about relationships, sexuality and growing up

Tom's Flower Power Story

 

National Parents Council – Primary: NPCp exists to ensure that all parents are supported and empowered to become effective partners in their children’s education. 

NPCp runs workshops for parents on talking to your child about relationships and sex. Call 01 8874475 or 01 8874481 for more information. They also have a helpline number: 01 887 4477. You can visit their website here

 

Gendered.ie: An information resource for families of gender variant children and transgender young people in the Republic of Ireland. 

Website 

 

Webwise: Provides a wide variety of up-to-date internet sfaety resources, supports and information for parents/guardians 

Website

 

The Stay Safe Programme: The Stay Safe Programme should be taught in its entirety over one school year with topics taught consecutively. The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of personal safety education for children and training for teachers, school management boards and parents.

Parents Guide