As part of the Victorian Curriculum, Levels 5 and 6, students are required to partake in health lessons addressing different learning outcomes. Next week we will be specifically looking into the following outcome: ‘Investigate resources to manage changes and transitions associated with puberty’.
Students will be involved in a discussion about puberty, how their bodies change and why.
We will create a safe and respectful classroom environment to ensure students are respected and as comfortable as possible when dealing with somewhat confronting information. The lesson will be held during their Physical Education session and will involve all children in their regular classes. We believe it is important for everyone, despite gender, to understand the changes and be able to support each other and normalise life changes.
The lesson will be taken by Arly Hocking, who will adhere to Departmental guidelines. Nurse Kate will assist with the delivery of the session and will also be present to answer questions the children may ask.
The lesson will be broken down into the follow parts:
Activity 1 – Growing and changing. What is puberty? Think alone, work with a partner, share with the group.
Activity 2 – What happens to my body during puberty? This involves a card activity. The children use a Venn diagram to plot changes to girls and boys and changes common to both genders. There will be opportunity to clarify different/new words.
Activity 3 – Opportunity to identify common concerns. Working in groups and using resource cards, the students will work in groups to rank common concerns, from most to least concerning
Activity 4 – Specific body changes will be explored
Activity 5 – Hygiene
Question Box – Anonymous notes can be posted which will answered immediately (if time allows) or will be at the start of next lesson.
Any questions can be directed to Arly Hocking or Sue Higgins