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To begin ask pupils to create a timeline identifying key milestones in their lives (Appendix 1).
Their timelines could include when they first walked and talked, their first play date, their first day of school, their first football game, and activities up to the present. Encourage students to include at least 10 items.
You might like to set this as homework to bring to this lesson and ask them to include photographs.
Choose a small handful of pupils to share their timeline and explore:
• What features do many of the timelines share?
• How are the timelines different?
• The word ‘Childhood’ is on the slide. Explain to the pupils that they have been describing their childhood so far and that their childhood is going to continue.
• Click to reveal the word ‘Adulthood’ and ask pupils to describe what how their life might change when they become adults (increased responsibility, work, the possibility of having children and a family, the right to vote and the ability to drive a car);
• Then click to reveal the word ‘Puberty’ and ask if any pupils can describe was this words means.
After taking responses, explain that puberty is a stage of life that everyone goes through on their way to becoming an adult. It is a time of physical growth and development in the body and which also results in changes in emotions.
Explain that puberty is a stage of life that everyone goes through on their way to becoming an adult and that it is something they will be going through over the next few years. Reassure the pupils that they are not going to suddenly change, it is a very gradual process.
In this section, we deepen our understanding of what puberty is (changing from childhood to adulthood) and why God made us this way. The section begins with a short introduction from AJ (on film) followed by a short sketch read by two children Sophie and Aidan (choose different children from the last session) and concludes with further input from AJ.
Before you begin, please prepare the two pupils with the script in Appendix 2: Sophie and Aidan script (3). Be ready to press pause when prompted!
Play film: “AJ Presents… What is puberty?”
After the film and drama sketch, deliver the following teaching in your own words:
• Ask children to recall what AJ said about bodies (text on screen): ‘Puberty is God’s plan to help us love one another more and more. Our bodies change so we can become adults and love others like adults.’
• Ask children to discuss how it feels to know about God’s plan for our changing bodies.
• Explain to children that in the next session we are going to look in more detail about what changes might happen in our bodies; however, at this stage you might like to invite any questions that children have about puberty.
To conclude this session, and to help pupils celebrate God’s loving plan for creation, children should complete the first part of Appendix 3 worksheet – Past Me and Future Me.
In this worksheet, children are offered some suggested phrases to write a letter to their past selves, remembering and celebrating their growth from a baby to the child they are now. Children might like to refer back to their Appendix 1 – Life Timeline to help them.
The second part of the worksheet will be completed at the end of the next session, where children write to their future selves and celebrate how God has designed us to grow from being a boy or a girl to being a man or a woman.