Lesson 3: Puberty

Learning about the physical changes that happen to the body during puberty and naming the sexual external parts of the body and internal reproductive organs. Features an animated pupil video.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand physical changes during puberty

Statutory guidance

  • Changing adolescent body > key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body, particularly from age 9 through to age 11, including physical and emotional changes.
  • Science: Y5 > Animals including humans: describe the changes as humans develop to old age.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could benefit from having a cut-out of the vocabulary for the labelling activity, or given the initial letter of each word. 

Pupils working at greater depth: Should complete the activity without support and be challenged to explain the functions of some of the body parts. 

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
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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