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Outline of PSHE lessons for Reception topic Growing and Changing

Summer Term

The overarching learning intentions across this unit are …

Children will be able to:

  • Understand that there are changes in nature and humans.
  • Name the different stages in childhood and growing up.
  • Understand that babies are made by a man and a woman.
  • Use the correct vocabulary when naming the different parts of the body.
  • Know how to keep themselves safe.

Taught in the week bgn



The children will be able to …

Story or video links we will be using.


Life stages - plants, animals, humans


  • To understand that animals and humans change in appearance over time.
  • Use relevant vocabulary such as egg, seed, baby, grow, change, old, young (and the names for young animals).
  • Make observations and ask questions about living things.

The frog life-cycle



Life Stages: Human life stage - who will I be?

  • Use the language and describe the different life stages of: baby, child, teenager, adult, older age.
  • Talk about their own experience of growing up.

Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell



Where do babies come from?


  • Explain that a baby is made by a woman and a man, and grows inside a mother’s tummy.
  • Understand that every family is different.
  • Talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others.

There’s a House inside by Mother by Giles Andreae


This can viewed on the link below



Getting bigger


  • Talk about how they have changed as they have grown.
  • Explain the differences between babies, children, and adults.
  • Understand that we are all unique.

You’ll soon grow into them by Pat Hutchinson


And sharing examples of their baby clothes / shoes.


Me and my body - girls and boys


  • Name parts of the body (including reproductive parts) using the correct vocabulary.
  • Explain which parts of their body are kept private and safe and why.
  • Tell or ask an appropriate adult for help if they feel unsafe.