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What is a period?

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This lesson supports curriculum codes:

  • ABLEWA Stage C (VCHPEP030)
  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP044; VCHPEP047; VCHPEP048)
  • Year 5 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS052)


This lesson aims to develop an understanding of menstruation.

Foundation Knowledge for this lesson includes differentiation of male and female bodies; awareness of age and body differences between babies, children, adolescents, and adults; receptive identification of vagina; public and private body parts; receptive identification of sanitary pads, bin, toilet, and underpants; receptive identification of blood. 

Generalisation ideas:

  • Knowledge extension:  talk through the process of the menstrual cycle, the reasons for it, ways of managing periods, the role of hormones, fertility, etc.
  • Address any worry or anxiety about periods.
  • Present alongside other lessons:  such as who has periods, signs of menstruation beginning, changes in puberty, feelings and behaviours experienced during a menstrual cycle.

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