PSHE KS2 / KS3: Confidence and overcoming nerves

It’s ‘Show and Tell’ and the friends are all discussing what subjects they are going to be talking about. Lara (12) is terrified of giving her speech; even though she feels confident in her subject, she just doesn’t want to do it in front of everyone.

Tony (12) and Monica (11) are both excited about their “unique” talk, although their excitement doesn’t last once they discover they’ve both chosen the same subject!

Lara isn’t the only one who doesn’t want to do their talk. Deon (13) is so frightened of giving his talk that he decides that he isn’t going to do it, and Lara discovers why.

Deon’s voice is breaking and he is embarrassed by the way his voice keeps squeaking.

Lara decides that if Deon isn’t going to do his talk, then neither will she.

Deon realises that they will both get into trouble if that happens, so he concedes.

Lara encourages him to be himself and to be honest. Together, they decide to face the class and their fears.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to generate a discussion about physical changes in puberty.

This could also be used to approach discussions about confidence and overcoming nerves.

Students could interact with the quiz during the clip, answering the questions on whiteboards throughout, allowing active participation and discussion.

Students could use the clip to hot-seat the characters and explore emotions felt by each person as well as role-playing and freeze-framing emotions and actions for thought-provoking discussions.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.