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Growing and Changing Year 2 FAQ

1. What will my child be learning in their Growing and Changing lessons?

Children in year 2 will be learning about the differences and similarities between people and respecting others. They will learn that animals, including humans have offspring which grow into adults and will consider the biological differences between male and female animals and their role in the life cycle. They will learn about the biological differences between male and female children, including naming body parts, and about growing from young to old. They do not learn about puberty or reproduction in KS1.


2. Why does my child need to learn about Growing and Changing?

As with other subjects, learning in PSHE is carefully planned to ensure knowledge and skills are built on gradually and in an age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate way. It is important that children learn about their own body and the life cycle as it is a natural part of life. From a young age, many children show curiosity about their own bodies and the differences between themselves and others. Many children have younger siblings or other family members and already have some understanding of growing from young to old and the differences between males and females. Learning about growing & changing helps to build self-confidence and ensures that school is a safe environment where children can ask questions and have access to the correct information.


3. Will boys and girls be taught separately?

In year 2, children will be taught their Growing and Changing lessons in their normal class setting.


4. How can I support my child with this learning at home?

We greatly value our partnership with parents and carers and your role in teaching your child about growing and changing is vital. The lessons on growing & changing can provide an ideal opportunity to start a conversation with your child about growing up: encourage their questions, keep an open mind and provide a listening ear. If you need any help and support with discussing growing and changing with your child, please see the resources section under the personal development tab on the website or contact the school office.


5. How will I know what my child is learning?

Information about the content of the Year 2 Growing & Changing lessons can be found in the letter which was sent home. Please also see information on the website. If you would like to discuss any lessons and/or resources further, please contact the school office to make an appointment.


6. Can I withdraw my child from their Growing and Changing lessons?

In line with our Growing & Changing (RSE) policy, which you can find on the school website, you may choose to withdraw your child from particular content in year 2. However, you cannot withdraw your child from any lessons relating to the National Curriculum for Science (KS1) or the statutory Guidance for Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) as they are statutory (meaning they must be taught by law).


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