What is the program about?
The Years F-6 program uses the Feel, Think, Act, Reflect model as a framework for problem solving and decision making in respectful relationships. This model is used throughout the playlists and topics to provide a consistent structure for exploring the understanding and skills required to establish and maintain respectful relationships.
The playlists within each topic (Years F-2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6) are structured to develop chronologically—first introducing or recapping on the Feel, Think, Act, Reflect model—and then progressing through various content areas. However, schools and teachers have the flexibility to address the content that best suits their students’ needs and interests.
Teacher guides provide in-depth teacher notes, suggested activities and optional additional activities for each playlist to help guide the teaching and learning activities for students. WALA (we are learning about) and inquiry questions have been provided to enable teachers to extend and differentiate the content to cater for the needs and abilities of all students.
Years F-2 content
The focus in lower primary is on the skills and understanding students will need to develop in order to successfully transition into the school setting. The content supports students to develop new friendship groups, negotiate the shared spaces and property of the school and develop the skills required to interact respectfully with others. The content also provides opportunities for students to start exploring how gender stereotypes and norms can influence the choices they make and the way they behave.
Years 3-4 content
In middle primary years, the focus is on supporting students to develop the skills and understanding they need to feel included, and to include others, in a range of different groups. The content provides opportunities for students to reflect on the role they play in the groups they belong to, how their own actions contribute to the wellbeing of the group, recognise how gender stereotypes can lead to exclusion and identify ways of challenging discriminatory behaviour.
Years 5-6 content
In the upper primary years, the focus is on supporting students to unpack their beliefs and values in relation to acting respectfully and making ethical choices. The content provides opportunities for students to explore their identity and strengthen who they are, what they believe in and what they stand for when it comes to their personal relationships and interactions. The content also focuses on the skills and understanding students will need to manage their relationships in order to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.