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Third and Fourth Class

The resources presented in this section are suggested for teaching 3rd and 4th class 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 and Making decisions  

          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. 

 

3rd Class Manual Unit 2

My Name is Special

My Strengths

Everyone is Unique

 

4th Class Manual Unit 1

Who Am I

I Know I Think

 

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

 

 Making decisions

 

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. 

 

4th Class Unit 4

Boundries

 

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.

The Stay Safe Programme

 

Myself: Taking care of my body and Growing and changing  

     Taking care of my body

 

Knowing about my body 

 

Busy Bodies: The Busy Bodies resource was updated in 2020 with a new booklet. The resource provides useful and supportive information about the physical and emotional changes that children will experience during puberty, the basics of reproduction, and how young people can look after themselves as they grow up. Teachers can use the booklet to support preparation for teaching and learning while the resource can be shared with parents/guardians as a support and source of information for themselves and their child during puberty. 

Why Does Puberty Happen?

 

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. 

 

3rd Class Manual Unit  7

As I Grow I Change

 

4th Class Manual Unit 7

We are All Unique

Changing 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. 

As I Grow I Change

Growing and Changing

 

The Professional Development Service for Teachers, Health and Wellbeing : The PDST Health and Wellbeing Team have created this resource to support RSE. 

Puberty Sorting Resource

 

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. 

The Wonder of New Life

*Updated Gestation Period Dr Seline Keating SPHE Network

 

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. 

 

3rd Class Manual Unit 3

Our Actions Affect the Feelings of Others

 

4th Class Manual Unit 3

How do you Feel?

Expressing 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 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. 

 

4th Class Manual Unit 3

My Family

Changing in the Families

 

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: 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 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. 

 

4th Class Manual Unit 8

Holding onto my Values

 

  Media education

 

HTML Heroes: The HTLM Heros resource deals with the skills required to safely and effectively communicate online. You will need to read how to use this resource as it is fully interactive.

Privacy and Personal Information

Respectful Online Communication

Anonymous Online

 

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 

 

Making the 'Big Talk' many small talks: A resource to support parents have conversations with their children aged 8 to 12 about relationships and healthy sexuality development.​

Making the 'Big Talk' many small talks

 

Busy Bodies: The Busy Bodies resource was updated in 2020 with a new booklet. The resource provides useful and supportive information about the physical and emotional changes that children will experience during puberty, the basics of reproduction, and how young people can look after themselves as they grow up. Teachers can use the booklet to support preparation for teaching and learning while the resource can be shared with parents/guardians as a support and source of information for themselves and their child during puberty. 

Busy Bodies 

 

National Parents Council – Primary: NPC 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

 

BeLongTo parents (LGBTi support): BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.

Website

 

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