1. My milestones - birth to now

Time to complete 1. My milestones - birth to now: 50 min

Year level: 1


Students describe ways in which their body has changed as they have grown older and the identify key milestones from birth to the present.

Learning focus

Ways in which the body changes as individuals grow older (ACPPS016). 

Key understandings

  • Our bodies grow from the time we are babies (inside the uterus) until we are adults.

  • What out bodies can do changes throughout our whole lives. 

  • Some things about us change as we get older and some things stay the same.


General capabilities

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Health and physical education(P)

Personal, social and community health

This strand will develop students' knowledge, understanding and skills to support a positive sense of self, to effectively respond to life events and transitions and to engage in their learning. Effective communication, decision-making and goal-setting skills are integral to this strand as they help to establish and maintain relationships in family, school, peer group and community settings, support healthy and safer behaviours, and enable advocacy. Students will source and examine a range of health information, products, services and policies, and evaluate their impact on individual and community health and safety.

Relationships and sexuality

Blooms revised taxonomy

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Inquiry learning phase

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Before you get started

  • It is important to consider life events/milestones in children's live's that may be triggering or upsetting (e.g. children from refugee backgrounds, children who have lost close family members, children who are transgender who may/may not have affirmed their gender, children with disability, etc).

Learning activities

Book or video stimulus

Time to complete Book or video stimulus: 10 min

Whole Class

  1. Choose one of the following to share and discuss:

Discussion: things that change/stay the same

Time to complete Discussion: things that change/stay the same: 10 min

Whole Class

  1. laugh Ask:

❓ What changes did you notice happen to the child in the book/video?

(they get older, grow up, height, can crawl, can walk, can ride a bike, hair changes, etc)

What things stay the same?

(eye colour, skin colour, name, etc)

yes Teaching tip: It is important to acknowledge that some things that stay the same for some people, don't stay the same for all people (e.g. name, hair colour, ability to walk/run, where they live, etc) and that some changes may not be a choice, welcomed or positive). 


Time to complete Timeline: 20min

Independent or Small Group

  1. Model how to complete the 4 squares on the timeline. Draw a picture showing a milestone/change for each of the following stages:
  • Baby (e.g. sitting up, eating solids, etc)

  • Toddler (e.g. walking, saying words, etc)

  • Kindy (e.g. getting dressed by myself, riding a tricycle, etc)

  • Now (e.g. tie my own shoelaces, doing a jigsaw puzzle, writing my name, etc)

  1. Students complete their own timelines.


Time to complete : 10min

  1. Have students share the milestones/changes that happened when they were a baby and compare.

  2. Then compare the milestones and changes for the other 3 squares.

  3. laugh Ask:

❓ What changes happened by themselves?

(e.g. got taller, got teeth, hair grew, etc)

❓ What changes did you have to learn?

(e.g. how to get dressed, how to brush my teeth, riding a tricycle, etc)

Could you do these things the first time you tried? What happened?

(No, had to try lots of times, made mistakes, got annoyed, needed help, etc)

  1. laugh Say:

"As we grow and learn new things, they don't always happen as quickly as we like. Sometimes we get frustrated. This is ok and normal. But there are some ways to handle frustration that are OK and not OK."

❓ What might happen if we get frustrated when we try new things?

(We might yell, throw something, snap at a friend/family member, give up, not care, be OK about it and stop being frustrated). 

❓ Some of these things are not OK. What might be helpful to do when we are frustrated? 

(Ask for help, try again, walk away for a while, take a breath, leave it until the next day, do something else for a while, ask a friend, sigh and say 'urgh!')



Take home activity

Cut and paste the following Take Home Activity with parents electronically...


My milestones - birth to now

Dear parents and carers

We have been learning about how we have changed and grown from the time we were born until now.

You may wish to look through some old family photos and talk about the milestones that have happened in your child's life. You might also like to share pictures with your child of the same milestones in your life. Things like:

  • first words

  • first teeth

  • first steps

  • first foods they liked/didn't like

  • toys, music and shows they liked compared to what they like now

  • new skills they have learnt over the years (like getting dressed, writing their name, etc)

We have looked at 4 stages - babies, toddlers, Kindy and now. If you would like to share a photo of your child at each age for our classroom activity, please send them through.

Happy trip down memory lane! smiley