Curriculum Overview

The following is a summary of the human sexuality outcomes from the Alberta Education Program of Studies (Health and Life Skills K-9 and CALM).

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Grade 4

W-4.3 Describe physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty; e.g., menstruation, secondary sexual characteristics, changing identity and moods.

Grade 5

W-5.3 Identify the basic components of the human reproductive system, and describe the basic functions of the various components; e.g., fertilization, conception.

Grade 6

W-6.3 Identify and describe the stages and factors that can affect human development from conception through birth

W-6.6 Examine and evaluate the risk factors associated with exposure to blood-borne diseases—HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis B/C; e.g., sharing needles, body piercing, tattooing, helping someone who is bleeding, being sexually active.

Grade 7

W-7.3 Examine the human reproductive process, and recognize misunderstandings associated with sexual development

W-7.12 Identify the effects of social influences on sexuality and gender roles and equity; e.g., media, culture

W-7.13 Examine the influences on personal decision making for responsible sexual behaviour

W-7.14 Examine abstinence and decisions to postpone sexual activity as healthy choices

Grade 8

W-8.3 Recognize and accept that individuals experience different rates of physical, emotional, sexual and social development

W-8.7 Determine the signs, methods and consequences of various types of abuse; e.g., neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse

W-8.12 Identify and describe the responsibilities and consequences associated with involvement in a sexual relationship

W-8.13 Describe symptoms, effects, treatments, prevention for common sexually transmitted diseases; i.e., chlamydia, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B/C, HIV

W-8.14 Identify and describe basic types of contraceptives; i.e., abstinence, condom, foam, birth control pills

Grade 9

W-9.3 Apply coping strategies when experiencing different rates of physical, emotional, sexual and social development; e.g., positive self-talk

W-9.7 Evaluate implications and consequences of sexual assault on a victim and those associated with that victim

W-9.12 Determine ‘safer’sex practices; e.g., communicate with partner, maintain abstinence, limit partners, access/use condoms/contraceptives properly

W-9.13 Identify and describe the responsibilities and resources associated with pregnancy and parenting

W-9.14 Develop strategies that address factors to prevent or reduce sexual risk; e.g., abstain from drugs and alcohol, date in groups, use assertive behaviour

Career and Life Management (Grades 10, 11 or 12)

P11 Examine the relationship between commitment and intimacy in all its levels

  • identify expectations and commitments in various relationships
  • examine a range of behaviours for handling sexual involvement
  • describe how personal values play a role in relationships
  • explain the role of trust and ways to establish trust in a relationship
  • develop strategies for dealing with jealousy

P12 Examine aspects of healthy sexuality and responsible sexual behaviour

  • explain the ongoing responsibility for being sexually healthy
  • examine a range of behaviours and choices regarding sexual expression
  • describe sexually healthy actions and choices for one’s body, including abstinence
  • analyze strategies for choosing responsible and respectful sexual expression
  • describe the ways in which personal values influence choices
  • assess the consequences of being sexually active
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