New Grade 4-7 BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for grades 4-7 Physical and Health Education.
In Grade 4 students are expected to know:

  • communicable/non-communicable illnesses
  • strategies/skills to use in potentially hazardous/unsafe/abusive situations; includes common lures/tricks used by potential abusers
  • strategies to respond to bullying, discrimination
  • self-identity, body image, social media
  • changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 5 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4 outcomes +
  • practices that promote health and well-being
  • sources of health information, support services
  • strategies to protect from potential abuse
  • physical/emotional/social changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 6 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5 outcomes +
  • practices to reduce STIs
  • consequences of bullying, discrimination
  • influences on identity, including sexual identity and gender

In Grade 7 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5/6 outcomes +
  • influences of physical/emotional/social changes on identity and relationships

Please watch my Body Smart video where I explain the outcomes in more detail.

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

New K-3 Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for K-3 Physical and Health Education.
In K-1 students are expected to know:

  • names for body parts, including male and female private parts
  • appropriate and inappropriate touch
  • hazards/unsafe situations
  • caring behaviours
  • emotions
  • reliable sources of information

In Grade 2 students are expected to know:

  • K/1 content +
  • strategies for accessing health information
  • strategies/skills to use in hazardous/unsafe situations
  • managing/expressing emotions
  • self-identity

In Grade 3 students are expected to know:

  • K/1/2 content +
  • nature/consequences of bullying
  • relationship between worry and fear

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

My Latest Book!

I’m very excited and proud about my latest book, Body Smart: Right from the Start. It’s my second publication and focuses on abuse prevention in Kindergarten to Grade 3 aged children.

You can buy a copy here.

I’m also very grateful for the continued support of my local Shaw station. Thank you for supporting the work that I do to make our community a safer place for our young people.

Watch the Shaw TV interview.

Why Start Early?

There are many important reasons to begin teaching your children about sexual health early. It is the foundation for the development of positive attitudes about sexuality. Children are naturally curious and your willingness to discuss age-appropriate material builds trust and open communication. The building blocks of healthy adult sexuality begins in childhood with trusted adults.

Children gain control of their world by naming it. With each new word, the child grows in understanding and power. Learning the correct names and functions of private body parts enables a child to talk and ask questions about them. Accurate, age-appropriate information is vital to helping a child prepare for adolescence and adulthood.

Your open and honest discussions are a way for you to connect with your children and teach them family values, rather than school-yard ones. Starting early has also been proven to increase abuse resistance, reduce anxiety and make children more likely to report abuse, injuries and see a doctor in the future.