My experience of being a young mum

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An activity based lesson that looks critically at the case study of a young mum with opportunities to challenge a set of values statements.

Students will develop their thinking skills by means of a thinking quilt to explore the demands of parenthood, and the effect of loss and change in relationships.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That pregnancy and parenthood at a young age have many demands.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That parenthood has many demands but there are many support mechanisms to enable a young mum to reach her potential.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the demands of parenthood with the demands of reaching personal potential.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts

Teacher Input

Whole class

Teacher to introduce lesson objective and:

  • - the choices available to a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant
  • - the range of emotions that a teenage girls feels during pregnancy and after giving birth
  • - the support of family and friends during pregnancy and parenthood
  • - the impact parenthood can have on a mother's career ambitions.

Lesson starter: Odd one out


Write the following words on the board and ask students to identify the odd one out. There is no wrong answer but the reasons are valid in thinking skills.

  • Parent
  • Teenager
  • Baby

Choices - introduction

Whole class

Teacher to outline the choices facing a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant - abortion, adoption, raise the child herself.

Choices - advantages and disadvantages


In pairs, students to list advantages and disadvantages of each decision using:


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate feedback and list responses on whiteboard.

Choosing a statement


Following discussion, pairs to agree on a statement on the choices facing a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant.

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the video at the top of this page.

Values continuum


Arrange students to work in groups of 4/5.

Using Handout 2 - Values continuum, students to agree or disagree with the statements relating to the video on an A3 sheet of paper. Statements can be cut out and arranged in importance by each group.

Alternatively, this could be done actively by students standing at different ends of the classroom left wall - agree / right wall - disagree and teacher reading statements.

Class discussion

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate a class discussion on the statements continuum exercise and the students' thoughts on teenage parenthood.

The effect on relationships


Students to use Handout 3 - The effect of teenage pregnancy on relationships - to record how relationships change when a teenage girl becomes pregnant.

They may use Charlotte's case study as an example.


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate class discussion on the results of the exercise.

Thinking quilt - Demands of parenthood


A thinking quilt is a strategy that encourages students to discover connections between ideas that have been placed next to each other on a 'thinking quilt'.

Using Handout 4 - Thinking quilt, students are to link adjacent patches of the quilt, discussing their reasons for the links.

Only two links are needed for the corners of the quilt; edges require 3 and central squares 4.

Alternative activity

Whole class

This could also be developed into a class game with students working in pairs/small groups to make as many links as possible - the highest number wins but with an acceptable reason for each link.


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate feedback of links and reasons for links.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 5 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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