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Changes in female bodies during puberty

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This lessons supports curriculum codes: 

  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP030)
  • Year 5 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 7 (ACPPS071)


This lesson aims to teach and assess the physical changes that occur for girls during puberty.

Foundation Knowledge for this lesson includes differentiation of male and female bodies; awareness of age and body differences between babies, children, adolescents, and adults; and public and private body parts.

Generalisation ideas

  • Sorting:  changes in boys and changes in girls
  • Draw changes on an outline of a body; make a full body chart by lying down on a long length of paper and tracing around
  • Ordering by age:  babies to adults; personalise by using images of your student/family member
  • Normalise changes: use quiet moments to comment on how growing up happens to everyone
  • Getting help:  who can you talk to about body changes?
  • Consequences:  what happens at the end of puberty?  what are the differences between boys and men, girls and women; what do you have to do differently with your body now you that you sweat more/have more hair/have grown out of your clothes?
  • Flipside:  what happens if you talk about puberty changes to a stranger? what happens if you choose to not shave any hair on your body?
  • Changes on the inside:  move on to understanding how hormones affect the body e.g. moodiness, attraction, tiredness, food cravings
  • Link in with the menstruation section


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