Puberty pesky hormones

Introduction

This one hour workshop aimed as KS2 pupils gives everything they need to know about puberty.  It covers what to expect and practical ways of managing and adjusting the many physical and emotional changed ahead. 

Outcomes

Core theme 1 - health and wellbeing

  • what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health
  • how to make informed choices and begin to understand the concept of a balanced lifestyle
  • deepen their understanding of good and not so good feelings, to extend their vocabulary to enable them to explain both the range and intensity of their feelings to others
  • recognise that they may experience conflicting emotions and when they might need to listen to or overcome these
  • recognise how their increasing independence brings increased responsibility
  • how peer pressure can come from various sources
  • how to resist pressure to do something dangerous, unhealthy, uncomfortable and anxious
  • how their body and emotions may change as they move through puberty
  • about human reproduction
  • about taking care of their body, understanding that they have the right to protect their body from unwanted and inappropriate contact
  • about people who are responsible to help them stay safe and how they can help them stay safe

Relates to KS2: H1, H2, H6, H7, H11, H13, H14, H18, H19, H20, H23

Core theme 2 - relationships

  • their actions affect themselves and others
  • to judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable and how to respond
  • about the difference between, and the terms associated with, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation
  • understand personal boundaries; to identify what they are willing to share with their most special people, and that we all have rights to privacy

Relates to KS2: R7, R8, R17

Core theme 3 - living in the wider world

  • they have different responsibilities at home, school and in the community
  • to critically examine what is presented to them in social media

Relates to KS2: L7, L18

Service Description

This workshop will cover periods; what they are, why girls have them, the tell tale signs that let you know when your about to start having periods, advice on how to broach the subject with parents/carers, what’s available in the way of sanitary wear, including demonstrations with towels, tampons, moon cup and reusable sanitary products. Personal hygiene, dealing with body odour, skin changes, spots and acne as well as the awkward issues of random erections, wet dreams, body hair and the perils of shaving too soon without adult guidance.

There is also a focus on emotional well-being, being able to recognise when how we feel is hormone fuelled mood swings.  Indicators of other issues such as anxiety, panic attacks or depression and strategies for managing our emotions and being able to ask for help with this when needed.

Pupils are encouraged to actively engage with the session, although it’s appreciated that for some this may be a sensitive topic met with some trepidation, therefore no-one is forced to speak or answer questions and there are opportunities for pupils to put anonymous questions in the ‘ask it basket’ and have these answered at the end of the workshop.

FGM can be included within this workshop on request of the school.

Master copy of parent information letter regarding the puberty workshop outcomes and content can be provided.

Availability

The workshops can be:

  • provided to all schools across Lincolnshire
  • delivered to individual tutor groups or whole year groups
  • available to participate in Ace/Aspire days
  • adapted according to the specific learning needs of students, with elements being added, expanded on or removed, as appropriate
Cost

£55 per tutor group

£200 year group assembly

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