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When running in the school relay race, Lara, aged 12, experiences sore breasts for the first time. Embarrassed, she doesn't want to tell anyone. Luckily, Akira figures out that Lara is long overdue a trip to the underwear store to buy her first bra. It's an overwhelming experience – not only in finding the right store, but there are so many different kinds of bras to choose from: t-shirt, sports, patterned. Luckily, Lara has the support of her friends. Unfortunately, they all realise that while finding a good sports bra can stop Lara’s breasts from hurting, it won't necessarily help her win the relay race.
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16 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used to generate discussion on general physical development during puberty. It's designed to be accessible to as broad a group as possible. You could review with the children the physical changes in girls and boys as we grow from being a child to an adolescent and a young adult. It might be helpful to remind children that during puberty physical changes are starting to happen in all of us whether we can see them or not and that these changes happen at different times and speeds for individual children. You could consider with the children how these changes may affect how we feel about ourselves and how we behave, using Lara as an example and, if appropriate, her question 1.
In groups the children could devise a help sheet for puberty, listing strategies for managing the changes in our bodies, including what we might need to find out out, from where or from whom, and who we can talk to if we are worried about these changes. In single sex groups girls could consider Lara's 1, 2 and 3 questions. It is also a useful tool to assess the level of current knowledge of the physical side of growing up in a mixed gender class. The scene where the boys talk about girls wearing bras is also a particularly useful one to look at attitudes and respect. The emotional aspects of growing up take prominence over the physical. The word 'boobs' is used a number of times when the girls are describing the changes and situation.