Lesson 5: Emotional changes in puberty

Learning about the emotional changes that occur during puberty

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand emotional changes during puberty

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • Key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body, particularly from age 9 through to age 11, including physical and emotional changes.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Use scenarios ‘4’ and ‘5’ initially and provide adult support if necessary.

Pupils working at greater depth: Extension questions are provided on some scenarios to support children in thinking about why the issues might be occurring.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
Relationships & Sex Education specialist
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