Lesson 2 – Girls and Boys (My Body)

Slide 1-2 - Class Discussion: Which is better?

Ask the children to highlight the similarities and differences between a potato and an onion?

Similarities: they are both vegetables, both nice to eat and good for you, both for sale in supermarkets.

Differences: colour, type of skin and what you might cook with them.

Click to reveal the price tags (both 30p) and ask children what they notice and what they think about it.

Explain there are similarities and differences between the potato and onion, but they are still equally important and special.

Slide 3 - Class Discussion: Girls and Boys

Say that like the the potato and onion have the same value even though they are different, girls and boys are both created by God and just as important and special as each other.

Explain that you’re going to meet some different girls and boys on the screen and find out a bit more about them.

Slide 4-7 - Class Discussion: Girls and Boys

On the next 4 slides, we will meet 4 different children: Azeem, Leona, Chelsea and Ryan. On the first click, some text appears to be read by the teacher. In the text, the children tell us a little bit about themselves and then they ask the class a question:

• Azeem: Can you guess what my favourite colour is?
• Leona: Can you guess what my favourite thing to do is?
• Chelsea: Can you guess what I want to be when I grow up?
• Ryan: Can you guess what my favourite to do is?

After posing each question, give children a short time to make suggestions, then click to reveal the next part of the text in which the child on screen tells us the answer.

Slide 8 - Class Discussion: Girls and Boys

The main objective of this section is to discuss the similarities and differences between the four characters, in terms of their interests, personality and physical appearance.

To help broaden the discussion beyond the four characters you could use leading questions such as, “Ryan likes playing football. Does that mean all boys like playing football?” No! “Chelsea likes playing with dolls. Does that mean all girls like playing with dolls?” No!

Summarise the learning of this discussion based exercise:
God made us as girls and boys which means in some ways we are different to each other.
• God made each of us to be unique, which means girls and boys can like the same things as well as different things!

Note for Teachers
There are two important ideas to be shared in this section: the first is that God made us as male and female, as boys and girls, and that we should thank God for making us in this way; the second is that boys and girls often like to do very similar things, even activities that might traditionally only be seen as ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’. It is okay to affirm, for example, boys who have teddy bears or pink items of clothing, and girls who like football or watch superhero movies. Affirming these shared interests between boys and girls should not exclude us from appreciating and celebrating the fact that we were uniquely made by God as boys and girls, male and female.

Slide 9 - Class Activity: Body Parts

Our bodies are wonderful and can help us do lots of different things.

On the screen are a list of body parts. Choosing a selection of words one at a time, invite the children to identify one great thing about that part of the body.

Toes, Foot, Knee, Leg, Fingers, Thumb, Hand, Arm, Elbow, Shoulders, Neck, Back, Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Hair

(E.g. Legs for running, Eyes for seeing, Mouth for eating, Elbow for leaning on, Fingers for writing)

Ask children to think about what their favourite body part is and imagine what they would do without it! Share some of these back (e.g. ears for hearing etc). You should say here that sometimes people need help from glasses/walking sticks etc to help these body parts work better.

Click to reveal the text:

Thank you, God, for our body parts!

Summarise this short section by affirming that God has blessed with amazing bodies that can do so many wonderful things.

Slide 10-11 (v2) - Class Activity: Private Body Parts (genitalia) - OPTIONAL

This optional section explores the physical differences between boys and girls. It is should only be undertaken on the approval of your Programme Coordinator (see previous notes).

A cartoon image of a boy and girl in swimming costume is shown on screen. Explain that you’re all going to talk about differences between boys and girls’ private parts and we’re going to learn the scientific names for these body parts. 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.

During this section, children might suggest colloquial or ‘family’ names for private parts, e.g. ‘willie’ for penis. Provided these words are not derogatory or shaming, hear and accept all offered words.

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 need to try to work together to answer the clues on screen for each one and see if they can guess the scientific terms for penis, testicles, vagina, vulva.

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

Slide 12 (v2) - Class Activity: Private Body Parts (genitalia) - OPTIONAL

Privates are Private
• Ask the children what they think the word ‘private’ means.
• Ask why these body parts are called private
• Click to reveal the text Privates are Private!
• Explain that for both girls and boys, these special private areas are private, and no one should ask to see or touch them apart from sometimes a doctor or a trusted adult.
• Click to the reveal the text:
Thank you, God, for our private body parts!
• Explain that God gave us these special private parts of our bodies. We should treat our private body parts, and the private body parts of others, with respect.

Slide 10 - (v1) Independent Activity: Body Parts (handout provided)

Option One (non-genitalia)

Children to complete Worksheet 1 labelling the correct body parts using the words on the screen.

Slide 13 - (v2) Independent Activity: Body Parts (handout provided)

Option Two (genitalia)

Children to complete Worksheet 2 labelling the correct body parts using the words on the screen.

Please refer to the Module guidance notes and the school’s RSE Policy before running this activity.

Slide 11 (v1) and Slide 14 (v2) - Class Song: "Touch Your Knees, Touch Your Toes"

Depending on space, ask children to come back to the carpet, using only certain body parts touching the floor (e.g. one foot and two hands).

Learn the new verse of the class song, then recap the chorus and sing the whole thing. This verse is all about external body parts and what they are good at (ears for hearing, eyes for seeing, legs for running etc).

Slide 12 (v1) and Slide 15 (v2)

Girls and boys have lots in common, but have some differences inside and outside. Ask the boys and girls, in turn, to pray for each other using the words on the screen/repeating after the teacher.

Boys Prayer for Girls

Dear God,
Thank you for the girls we know;
Help them learn and help them grow.
As they think and as they play,
Help them love you more we pray.

Girls Prayer for Boys

Dear God,
Thank you for the boys we know;
Help them learn and help them grow.
As they think and as they play,
Help them love you more we pray.