Lesson 4 – Changing Bodies

Slide 1 - Starter Activity: Newspaper Journey

If you have enough space, play the following game to remind children that puberty is a journey:
1. Split the class into several small teams.
2. Give each team one less sheet of newspaper than the number of team members.
3. From one side of room to other, they must travel as a team across the room without touching the floor.
4. You might like to play this competitively and have a tournament to find a winning team!

Explain that:
• The teams went on a journey from one side of the space to the other. Puberty is a journey from childhood to adulthood.
• During the journey with the newspaper teams learned things they didn’t know before about how to act and think. During puberty young men and women experience changes in their bodies and in how they act and think.
• The newspaper game was a team game. Puberty is something that happens to people individually, but we all go through it, so it can feel like we have a team around us!

Alternative game (if not enough space for above):
1. Sit children in a circle, or a small group of children if not enough space for everyone.
2. Pass a clap as quickly as possible around the circle.
3. Set a time limit and try to beat it, making sure that each clap still comes one after the other!
4. Use the teaching points above, changing the game references.

Slide 2 - Naming Genitalia

Begin this section by inviting two pupils to read the parts of Sophie and Aidan using Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4). In this sketch, Sophie and Aidan are embarrassed to discuss private parts of the body. They turn to AJ (on film) for advice.

Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4)

And then:

Play film: AJ Presents… Changing Bodies – Part 1

Slide 3-4 - Naming Genitalia

To solidify the children’s understanding of the correct names for genitalia, lead the following short quiz.

You could encourage some role-play and characterisation by inviting everyone to imagine they are all doctors and are wearing a white lab coat. The children could introduce themselves to one another as ‘Doctor’, followed by their last name.

How to lead:

1. On screen, the children are introduced to a series of jumbled up words which describe different private parts of the body.

2. Children should put their hand up when they know the correct scientific terms for penis, testicles, vagina, vulva. However, go through all clues before revealing the answer.

3. As each word is revealed, the pupils might like to repeat the term in their best doctor/professor voice.

Slide 5 - Change in Boys

Invite the pupils playing Sophie and Aidan in this session to read Part 2 of Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4). In this section, Aidan asks what changes happen in boys’ bodies and AJ responds with some answers.

Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4) – part 2

And then:

Play film: AJ Presents… Changing Bodies – Part 2

Slide 6 - Change in Boys

After the film, ask children to recall what changes will happen to boys during puberty. Then click to reveal the list and discuss:

• Voice gets deeper
• Get taller, bigger, more muscular
• Pubic hair around penis and testicles
• Penis and testicles will grow larger
• Hair will grow on the face and underarms
• Might get spots and sweat more
• Changes in hormones leading to mood swings

Invite children to ask any questions they might have.

Slide 7 - Change in Girls

Invite the pupils playing Sophie and Aidan in this session to read Part 3 of Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4). In this section, Sophie asks what changes happen in girls’ bodies and AJ responds with some answers.

Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4) – Part 3

And then:

Play film: AJ Presents… Changing Bodies – Part 3

Slide 8 - Change in Girls

After the film, ask children to recall what changes will happen to girls during puberty. Then click to reveal the list and discuss:

• Breasts and hips will get bigger
• Grow taller
• Pubic hair will start to grow under arms and between legs
• Start having periods
• Might get spots and sweat more
• Hair on legs might get darker and some girls might grow hair on upper lip
• Changes in hormones leading to mood swings

Invite children to ask any questions they might have.

Slide 9 - Small Group Activity: Puberty Changes worksheet

In small groups, children should complete the worksheet in Appendix 2 where they have to decide whether puberty changes happen to boys, girls or both.

The groups for this should be mixed gender, to encourage talking about puberty without embarrassment. However, you could turn this into an independent activity if you prefer.

Slide 10 - Plenary and Final Prayer

Invite the pupils playing Sophie and Aidan in this session to read Part 4 of Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4). In this section, AJ reminds Sophie and Aidan that they have been handmade with love by God.

Appendix 1: Sophie and Aidan script (4) – Part 4

And then:

Play film: AJ Presents… Changing Bodies – Part 4

Slide 11 - Plenary and Final Prayer

Children should complete the second part of the worksheet which they began in the previous session, Appendix 3 – Past Me and Future Me.

Children should write a letter to their future selves expressing hope and excitement for the changes to come, underlined by the knowledge that God loves them. The suggestions on the sheet will help to guide children in writing this short letter. You might like to play music in the background to aid children’s concentration.

Slide 12 - Plenary and Final Prayer

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