Today, we have been learning more about our bodies, the correct names for body parts, how to stay safe and about the physical differences between boys and girls.
The learning objectives we have covered include:
~ The difference between good and bad secrets
~ My body is changing as I grow
~ Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life
~ The similarities and differences between girls and boys and the correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions
~ The scientific characteristics of living things, including the need to reproduce.
My body, My choice
This session has explored the choices children can make about looking after their bodies. The lesson looked at making safer and healthy choices about their bodies, including sleep and exercise, diet, cleanliness and substances.
We have also spoken about how the children have choices concerning their own bodies and that it is up to them to decide what they feel comfortable with. To do this, we spoke about personal space and how we have different levels of comfort with different people. We each completed body outlines to ‘colour zone’ body parts that we share with other people (such as our hands), body parts which we only share with family or close friends (such as touching our faces) and body parts that are just for us (such as genitals).
The message of choice and consent runs through these sessions and the children have been encouraged to get help from trusted adults when necessary.
The difference between good and bad secrets
We have learned about the difference between good and bad secrets, explaining this by talking about how they make us feel; good secrets like surprise parties make people happy, but bad secrets include anything which makes us or those around us feel bad. This could include somebody touching us in a way we aren’t comfortable with, or keeping secrets about people feeling sad or being hurt.
My body is changing as I grow; Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life; Similarities and differences between girls and boys; The correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions.
We have also been looking at how our bodies change as we get older. We began the session by labelling the changes seen as people grow from babies to adults.
This opened our discussion to help us speak specifically about body parts and learn their correct names. Today, we have used the terms breasts, genitals, penis and vagina and we understand that these are private body parts and are nothing to be embarrassed about. We have also discussed that learning the correct terms for these body parts helps us to be really clear if we ever need to speak about our bodies with a trusted adult.