This week’s Talk Time has a Living and Learning focus:
I know what consent is.
Consent forms a part of everyday life: permission to take or publish a photo is a form of consent.
Because matters around consent can occur anywhere, it’s important to consider a range of scenarios. That way, you’ll be able to appreciate how you, or others, might feel in those situations and can think about the words or actions that follow. As a starting point, you could look at the following scenarios and consider how you might respond:
- A friend asks you to play football at playtime but you’re feeling quite tired.
- You and a friend did really well in a quiz so you want to give them a hug.
- You’re getting ready for school and you notice your brother/sister has their jumper on backwards.
- Your teacher wants to take pictures of some pictures of your writing to share with the class.
- You’ve been learning a poem and the teacher would like to record the class to use as part of an assembly.
What other situations can your child think of where consent is important?
When we reviewed our Relationships and Sex Education Policy, very many parents and carers wanted consent to feature more. This is why we’re including consent in our homework. Talking about consent in relation to our own bodies can be appropriate for children of any age.
These R2s will help you in a situation where you’re asking for consent:
- ask for permission
- if that person says yes, great
- if they say no, respect their decision (even if it upsets you)