Lesson 4: Menstruation

Learning about the menstrual cycle and other changes that happen during puberty. Featuring a bespoke animated pupil video!

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand the menstrual cycle

Statutory guidance

Changing adolescent body:

  • 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.
  • Pupils should know about menstrual wellbeing including the key facts about the menstrual cycle.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from diagrams as these concepts can be confusing.

Pupils working at greater depth: If working in single sex groups, use some of the true or false for the opposite gender to check understanding of changes they go through. This can be done with all children but focus on those with a better understanding so they can learn more about the  opposite gender as well as their own.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
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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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