One minute challenge

This strategy will help students to:

  • focus on a topic, recall prior knowledge and identify future learning needs.


  1. Explain to students they will be given exactly ‘one minute' to write down all they know or would like to know about a certain sexual health or relationship topic.

  2. Students share their writing with a partner or group.

  3. Use common areas of interest to guide the choice of future learning experiences.


Have students reflect on their understandings and attitudes after completing the learning experiences from a unit or focus area.

For example:

What was the most important or useful piece of information you learnt from these activities?

What two questions do you still have?

What would you like to know more about?

Variation 2 - A-Z challenge

Have students list down a word for every letter of the alphabet on the topic within the minute.

E.g. All the words you know for the parts reproductive systems (this could include slang terms at the start of an RSE unit to highlight the importance of using respectful and correct terminology).

E.g. 2.  All the words to do with respectful relationships.

E.g. 3. All the words to do with RSE (this could be done at the start of the unit and end of the unit to assess student progress).