Lesson 5: Conception

Children learn about the biology of conception. Featuring a bespoke animated pupil video. (Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this lesson)

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand the biology of conception

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • About menstrual wellbeing including the key facts about the menstrual cycle

Other information:

  • Some of this lesson goes beyond the requirements of the statutory guidance however the DfE recommends that it is good practice for children to understand how a baby is conceived and born before going to secondary school

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need further consolidation around the process of conception and can use Activity: Sequencing with images for the activity.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to write  their own sequence of conception without the aid of Activity: Sequencing.

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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