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Play a game of ‘Puberty Splat’ to consolidate learning from the previous lesson about the changes to girl’s bodies during puberty:
• Ask for two volunteers to stand at the front, back to back.
• Each time you say a change that girl’s bodies go through during puberty they should take a step away from each other.
• When you say something that is not a change girl’s bodies go through during puberty, they should turn around and say splat.
• The quickest person to ‘Splat’ is the winner.
o E.g. Hips widen – step
o Menstruation begins – step
o Breasts grow – step
o Hair turns blue – SPLAT!
After playing this game (or several rounds if children are enjoying it!) explain that today’s lesson is all about the changes that boy’s bodies go through during puberty, some of which are the same as girls and some which are different.
As with the previous lesson, ask children to approach learning with a mature attitude.
Click to play “Paradise Street”, Episode 3.
Miss Nichols teaches about physical changes in boys during puberty. We then focus on Marcus’ response, who mimics some of his Mum’s boyfriend’s behaviour, such as wearing deodorant. He also experiences ‘wet dreams’ and eventually talks to Miss Nichols about it.
See the Module Overview for further guidance on this section.
Use the Lucky Dip Questions in Appendix 1 to generate discussion.
Alternatively, here are some discussion points you can use to facilitate a conversation with pupils about the drama.
• What does the teacher say will change for boys during puberty? (hair growth, perspiration, widening of shoulders, enlarging of genitals and voice breaking)
• Marcus acts like he knows it all in the initial lesson at school. Do you think he does know everything? Why does he pretend to?
• Why is he so pleased to find underarm hair? Does that automatically mean he’s a better or cooler person? Why?
• Who is Marcus’ male role model? What do you think of him? How does his behaviour affect or impact upon Marcus?
• Leyla says she thinks Finn is more ‘manly’ for going over to help Marcus. What do you think being ‘manly’ means?
• ‘Boy’s don’t cry.’ Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
• Do our bodies deserve respect from ourselves and others? Do we need to have boundaries and a sense of modesty? Why/why not? What should those boundaries be? It might be helpful to mention that whatever is under a swimsuit is private, and that we dress appropriately for different situations e.g. swimsuit at the beach not at the library! We dress appropriately so that we can go about our normal activities. For example, if we are helping in the garden we wear clothes long enough so that if we bend over so people don’t see our pants etc which could lead to embarrassment, etc..
• What did Marcus feel when he saw the wet patch in his bed?
• How did Miss Nichols describe ‘nocturnal emissions’? (Nocturnal = night, Emissions = release)
• Did he feel better or worse after speaking to the teacher? Why?
Click to play “Delving Deeper into Episode 3”
“Delving Deeper” is a presenter-led film which highlights some of the key ideas presented in the film, gives some teaching and provides a Christian context by linking to the Kester storyline.
This teaching includes:
Boys’ development through puberty in the following ways:
• Growth spurt
• Hair growth on face, underarms, chest and genital area.
• Perspiration – so use deodorant!
• Oily skin – can cause spots!
• Widening of shoulders
• Voice breaking
• Genitals enlarge.
• Boys experience erections (a hardening of the penis that occurs when sponge-like tissue inside the penis fills up with blood. Usually, an erection causes the penis to enlarge and stand away from the body.) They can be caused by nothing at all and are nothing to be ashamed or worried about!
o Erections can go away on their own or after ejaculation (the release of semen through the urethra, the small hole at the tip of the penis.)
o Sometimes boys ejaculate at night while sleeping (these are called nocturnal emissions or wet dreams).
o As hormones settle down as boys advance through puberty, the frequency of unexpected erections and wet dreams should decrease.
Reminders to children that:
• Their body is a gift from God
• It deserves respect from themselves and other people
• Boundaries are useful to respect ourselves and keep ourselves safe.
• Privates are private.
Children should complete the Boy’s Bodies’ activity in their Paradise Street Workbooks.
Today’s activity about boy’s bodies provides an opportunity for children to consolidate factual learning and consider how a boy might feel about the changes facing him.
It is advisable for children to complete these workbook activities independently. You might like to play music in the background to encourage focus, before bringing the class back together to conclude.
Invite children to close eyes and listen to the following reflection read by teacher:
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvellously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day”
(extract from Psalm 139 – The Message translation)
Sit in silence for a moment and ask God to help you know that your body is incredible and made in His image.
Play: “My Dedication”