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Understanding what is meant by intersex

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This lesson supports curriculum codes:

  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP044)
  • Year 5 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS051; ACPPS056)
  • Year 8 (ACCPS070; ACPPS075)
  • Year 9 (ACPPS089; ACPPS092)
  • Year 10 (ACPPS089; ACPPS092)


This lesson provides visual support for discussions building awareness and understanding of different presentations of reproductive anatomy.

Foundation knowledge includes labelling of male and female private body parts.

Generalisation ideas

  • Small group discussions:  groups could discuss the variations present in physical anatomy; the impact of intersex traits on an individual in terms of gender and sexual identity; the ways physical traits can impact on the choices and decisions people make.
  • Appropriate vs Inapproriate reactions to learning about different reproductive anatomies; how people’s reactions impact on others
  • Essays/presentations: considering how societal and cultural influences impact on personal identity and perceptions of self in relation to intersex characteristics

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