Lesson 7: Introducing puberty

Learning about the changes that males and females go through as they grow and develop from being a child to an adult; features a bespoke animated pupil video.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise the physical differences between children and adults

Statutory guidance

  • 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: Provide labels for the changes which occur to support them with Activity: Body changesShow children the physical samples of hygiene products to show children e.g. shower gel, sponge, deodorant and shampoo.

Pupils working at greater depth: Ask children to write an advert or jingle to give a key message on personal hygiene.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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