Big Talk Education

Working with Primaries

A "Whole School Approach" to help keep children safe

Children want their parents to be the first people to talk to them about growing up, sex and relationships. Yet many parents say they lack confidence to answer their children's questions frankly, School is here to help and we are here to support Schools and Teachers. Members of the BigTalk Team can come into your School for a part or whole day, ensuring your children (and Parents) are well educated to keep them safe, healthy and happy!

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We live in a rapidly changing world where keeping our children safe is more important than ever. 

Safeguarding children is our priority at BigTalk Education. We are a core member of the Sex Education Forum which is the National Lead body for relationship and sex education.

We follow nationally recommended guidelines backed up by over 20 years of experience working with Parents, Children & Teenagers plus training Professionals

Below is the Programme we deliver to Children supporting the day-to-day work that School delivers around Healthy Relationships; every child deserves to be kept safe through knowledge and understanding

We always offer a Parent Information Session when we can discuss further what will be covered and the vital role Parents/Carers can play in keeping their children safe both now and into their teenage years. We are happy to answer any questions from Parents or Carers

 


Frequently Asked Questions by Parents regarding age appropriate Sex & Relationship Education with Pre-School and Primary Children

Why start early?

Because it’s easier and safeguarding from an early age is essential! Young children are fabulous, as all parents know they ask loads of questions, not least of all about their bodies and your body! If they are asking questions they deserve answers. Ask yourself, how would you like your children to learn about their bodies, their relationships and how babies are made? Unfortunately, many children whose questions aren’t answered are now learning about these topics through the Internet on totally unsuitable sites

Relationship Ed at four ~ surely not?

Relationship Education is an umbrella term used to describe a whole host of topics; some things are vital for even a three-year-old to be aware of, for example good and bad touches. Age appropriateness is the key, using the words, resources and approach that is most effective when addressing the issues relevant to their age as they grow and mature

But it’s the job of the Parents?

Not all Parents/Carers feel confident or knowledgeable, scared they may say too much or too little plus virtually all Parents think it will be covered at School at some point. It’s important that Parents & School work together to help keep children safe, healthy and happy

Why aren’t the Teachers doing it?

Not all Teachers feel adequately trained and confident to deliver a rapidly changing subject that may compromise their knowledge and question their values. As specialists, we can keep up to date with both changes in Government Policy and also the changes in society, communication and technology, which all impact on our children, their relationships and safety

Won’t it take away the children’s innocence?

Nothing takes away innocence quicker then sexual abuse. Knowledge about their bodies won’t stop them wanting to fly kites, go sledging or make sand castles. When body science is discussed they just add it to their knowledge bank, it is often us as adults that have the concerns. The world is changing and protecting our children with age appropriate information about risk is vital

Why do they need to know “Grown Up” words?

It is important that children know the correct scientific names for their genitals. In the event of them ever being inappropriately touched they have the vocabulary to give exact information. For example, “they touched my Minnie/tuppence/flower” is very vague as opposed to “they touched my vagina” Child abusers prefer uneducated children - those who don’t have the words and knowledge of what’s right and wrong. Research shows that an educated child is three times more likely to speak out if they are subjected to abuse

I didn’t have this when I was at School, do they really need it?

When today’s adults were at School, the world was a very different place, no mobile phones with cameras, no sexting, no easy available access to adult web sites or strangers via the Internet. It is imperative we appropriately educate children of the risks so they know to come to trusted adults with their questions about their bodies, relationships and sex etc. rather than the internet

How can I find out more?

BigTalk Education have published a book “Bodies, Babies and Bellybuttons” for use with four year olds upwards, also suitable for SEN pupils and those on the Autism spectrum. It is available on-line at www.bigtalkeducation.co.uk/resources-for-primaries.html at a cost of £9.99 (including post and packing in the UK)

What is covered at each stage?

Below is the Programme that BigTalk Education delivers to the Children, it reflects the Ofsted & Sex Education Forum recommendations and feedback from Parents and Schools. It is our belief that every child deserves to be kept safe, healthy and happy through knowledge and understanding. Here is an outline of what is covered:

Age 3 (Nursery)

A fun learning environment where the children are taught the differences between boys and girls, naming body parts,correct scientific words, what areas of the body are private, good touches and bad touches    (Approximately 10-15 minutes)  

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Ages 4~8 (Reception ~ School Years 1, 2 & 3)

Re-enforces and checks what was covered in Nursery.  Using specially designed child friendly resources at the end of this session they will be able to identify happy situations and those which may be risky (e.g. other children or adults taking improper photographs of them, inappropriate touches, exposure to unsuitable media etc.) plus who they can talk to if they are worried    (Approximately 20 minutes)

Ages 8~9 (School Year 4)

We cover different kinds of families (same sex parents, foster families etc.) the emotional and physical changes of growing up, similarities and differences between boys and girls including transgender, coping with different emotions, looking after our bodies as they change and the onset of periods (puberty) How babies are made from ovums and sperm, then develop in the womb (reproduction). How to be safe and healthy linking back to and building on identifiable risks, we also strengthen awareness of “our body is our own” and personal safety especially on-line grooming, etc.    (Approximately 60 minutes)

Ages 9-11 (School Years 5 & 6)

Reproduction, puberty, consent and personal safety are re-visited, knowledge retained can be checked with our “Quick Quiz”. An “Ask it Basket” session

(anonymous questions) gives the children more opportunity to ask the Team what they want to know, we actively encourage this as opposed to children choosing to find their own answers on the Internet. They will often want more details on conception, how babies develop and are born. Sometimes they ask how people can get germs from sex and how they can be prevented or there may be curiosity about feelings or body image, each group is different. Again, it is important they know there is someone in school as well as at home if they want help or information about puberty, reproduction etc.
Information at this stage is vital to protect them as they move onto Senior School     (Approximately 70 minutes)

All the resources BigTalk Education use are age appropriate, aiming to increase children’s knowledge and confidence whilst helping to keep them protected from unwanted touches, abuse and inappropriate images etc. Research now shows that children receiving this type of education are three times more likely to speak out if they touched inappropriately etc.

For feedback from Schools see  http://www.bigtalkeducation.co.uk/testimonials-primary.html

For feedback from Parents see  http://www.bigtalkeducation.co.uk/testimonials-parents.html

Contact us for a quote, just call on 01724 782618 or 07811 686202  
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Schools and Organisations we have worked with recently are:


NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE 

 

Alkborough Primary Alkborough
Althorpe and Keadby Primary Keadby
Barton St Peters CofE Primary Barton upon Humber
Belton All Saints CofE Primary Belton

Berkeley Primary

Scunthorpe

Bottesford Infants

Scunthorpe

Bottesford Juniors

Scunthorpe

Bowmandale Primary

Barton upon Humber

Brigg Primary

Brigg

Brumby Juniors

Scunthorpe

Crowle Primary

Crowle

Castledyke Primary

Barton upon Humber

Crosby Prmary
Scunthorpe
Crowle Primary
Crowle
Epworth Primary Epworth
Haxey Primary CofE Haxey
Hibaldstow Primary Hibaldstow

Holme Valley Primary

Bottesford

John Harrison CofE Primary

Barrow

Killingholme Primary Killingholme

Kirton Lindsey Primary

Kirton In Lindsey

Leys Farm Juniors Scunthorpe
Lincoln Gardens Primary Ashby
Luddington and Garthorpe Primary Luddington
Messingham Primary Messingham

New Holland Primary CofE & Methodist Primary

New Holland

Oakfiled Primary

Bottesford

Priory Lane Community School Scunthorpe
Scawby Primary Scawby

Scunthorpe CofE Primary

Scunthorpe

South Ferriby Primary

South Ferriby

South Killingholme Primary

South Killingholme

St Peter & St Paul CofE Primary

Scunthorpe

The Grange Primary School Bottesford
Ulceby St Nicholas CofE Primary Ulceby
Westcliffe Primary Scunthorpe
Willoughby Road Primary  Scunthorpe

Wootton Primary

Barton upon Humber

Wrawby St Mary’s CofE Primary

Wrawby

Wroot Travis CofE Primary Wroot

 

 

Baysgarth School

Barton upon Humber

Huntcliffe School

Kirton In Lindsey

Mellior Academy

Scunthorpe

Sir John Nelthorpe School

Brigg

South Axholme Academy

Epworth

St Bedes Catholic Academy Ashby
Vale Academy Brigg

Winterton Community Academy

Coritani Academy

Scunthorpe

Demeter House School

Brigg

Fluent Training

Castlethorpe

 

 

NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

 

Grimsby Institute Grimsby
 
MIDLANDS
Caistor Primary Caistor
Dines Green Primary  Worcester
Eye CofE Primary  
Peterborough
Grasby Primary
Middleton Primary Peterborough
Parnwell Primary Peterborough
St Marys Catholic Primary Chesterfield
Fallibroom Academy Cheshire
Pilgrim School Boston

Pilgrim School

Deeping St James

Pilgrim School

Lincoln

West Grantham AcademyLincoln

Grantham

Witham Academy

 

 

YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

 

Barnburgh Primary Barnburgh
Bawtry Mayflower Primary Bawtry
Bentley High Street Primary Doncaster
Bentley New Village Doncaster
Carlton Primary Barnsley

Castle Hills Primary

Doncaster

Copley Juniors

Doncaster

Crookesbroom Primary Hatfield
Denaby Main Doncaster
Hatfield Wood House Primary Hatfield Woodhouse

Howden Juniors

Howden

King Edward Primary

Thorne

Kirkby Avenue Primary

Doncaster

Longtoft Primary Stainforth
Maltby St Marys Rotherham
Norton Juniors RotherhamDoncaster
Orchard Infants Doncaster
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary Doncaster
Owston Park Primary Doncaster

Parkside Primary

Barnsley

Pennine View Conisborough

Pheasant Bank Academy

Rossington

Richmond Hill Primary

Sprotborough

Rosedale Primary Doncaster
Saltersgate Infants Scawsby
Saltersgate Juniors Scawsby
St Marie's Catholic Primary Sheffield
St Nicholas Primary Hull
St Theresa's Catholic Primary Sheffield

Summer Fields Primary

Barnsley

Sunnyfields Primary

Doncaster

Toll Bar Primary

Doncaster

Travis St Lawrence CofE Primary

Hatfield

West Road Primary

Moorends

Woodfield Primary Doncaster
Manor Croft Academy Dewsbury
Rossington All Saints Academy Rossington

William Henry Smith School

Brighouse


LONDON & SOUTH EAST

 

Ashton St Peters CofE VA Dunstable
Hadrian Academy Dunstable

Knightsbridge School (Private)

Knightsbridge London

Park Gate School (Private)

Clapham London

St Francis School (Private) Letchworth
Sibford School (Private) Banbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


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