Public vs private body parts
Year level: Pre-Primary
Students develop their understanding of the differences between public body parts and private body parts.
Male and female bodies are different. Some body parts are public, while others are private.
Each body part has a name.
Everybody has body parts that are the same.
Male and female bodies have different parts.
Some body parts are public and some are private.
Though there are some parts we keep private, there is nothing bad about them, they are just private.
Each person is in charge of his or her own body.
- Book: Everyone's Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley
- Blank A3 paper [one per student]
- Student Activity Sheet: Body outline - public vs private [A3 copy]
- Student Activity Sheet: Speech bubble [one per student]
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Health and physical education
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
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Teaching and Learning Activities
Before you get started
Supporting information for this activity is provided in the Gender diversity Guide, in particular the section on 'intersex' (where some children are born with a biological mix of both male and female genitals and/or reproductive organs). Students of this year level do not need to be explicitly taught this concept and it is not a key understanding. It is, however, expected that the teacher will understand gender and sexual diversity and affirm it within the classroom.
This activity extends the students' knowledge from the Pre-primary Learning Activity: Different Bodies by introducing the concepts of private and public body parts.
Ask students to locate and name as many body parts as they can using the Student Activity Sheet: Body outline - public vs private or a model of the human body.
Ask students to identify similarities and differences between male and female bodies.
If students do not know the difference, introduce the correct terminology for penis, testicles, vulva and vagina, as each body part is discussed.
Explain that there are lots of different names for these body parts and it is important to know the correct names.
Identify private body parts as being parts that belong to you and are covered by underwear or bathers.
Reinforce that boys and girls have most parts the same and some that are different.
Play the game Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Discuss that we all have body parts that are 'public' such as our head and shoulders, knees and toes and some parts that are 'private', i.e. anything that bathers cover.
Independent or Small Group
This activity develops students' understanding of a key protective behaviours message as highlighted in the book Everyone's Got a Bottom.
Have students draw a self-portrait on A3 paper.
Include a quote from the text, "From my head to my toes, I can say what goes" using the Student Activity Sheet: Speech bubble.
Recite the message from the text as individuals and as a whole class and review its meaning, citing examples from the book.