Lesson 6: Pregnancy and birth

Children learn how a baby develops in the womb and is born. Features a bespoke animated pupil video! (Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this lesson)

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the development of the baby during pregnancy

Statutory guidance

This lesson goes beyond the teaching requirements of the statutory guidance however the DfE recommends that “all Primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupil. 

It should ensure both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the National Curriculum for Science – how a baby is conceived and born” (point 67 page 23).

It should be noted that each school can decide its approach to this and parents would have the right to withdraw their children from this lesson.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide more structured resources for the activity e.g. pictures or sentences about how a baby develops or items a baby will need and won’t need to select from.

Pupils working at greater depth: Provide resources for individual research and ask children to include additional facts they have found out in their piece of work.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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