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How we change as we grow older and set goals for ourselves.

This topic explores how people grow and change from babies, through puberty to adulthood. At Key Stage 1, it examines ways in which children have grown and how they will continue to change, and how to develop resilience. At Key Stage 2, it identifies changes that will take place in children’s bodies during puberty, and explores ways to manage the emotional effects of life changes, including the transition to secondary school.

Each year group has a starter video, followed by three lessons. A lesson contains a lesson plan, presentation and worksheet(s) for classroom activities. Download the progression grid »

Year 1: Growing and changing

  • Animal babies
  • How have we changed?
  • A future me

Year 2: Growing up and setting goals

  • When I am older
  • Looking at the changes ahead
  • Goals

Year 3: Coping with feelings when things change

  • New changes
  • Feeling sad and showing empathy
  • Happiness

Year 4: Puberty and hygiene

  • What is puberty?
  • Understanding periods
  • Keeping clean as we grow and change

Year 5: Puberty and emotions

  • Puberty
  • Puberty and emotions
  • Emotional changes: managing well

Year 6: Coping with emotional effects of life changes

  • Body image
  • Puberty and changing relationships
  • Moving on

Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, but teachers can extend or develop learning across more lessons if this is appropriate. It is recommended that schools timetable at least one lesson a week for each year group.

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Each topic contains age-appropriate content that increases in complexity and maturity through the year groups, allowing pupils to build on their skills and understanding each year.

Confidently deliver the new curriculum requirements 

Discovery Education Health and Relationships covers the statutory requirements for teaching primary Health Education and Relationships Education from September 2020. It contains lessons for teaching all aspects of the guidelines, including the non-statutory aspects. View the programme progression.