PSHE KS2 / KS3: Gabriel's ups and downs

It's coming up for the school fancy dress disco and Gabriel (13) is going as Super-Teen, kitted out with a tight lycra outfit.

There’s just one problem: Gabriel has started getting erections, usually when he least expects it, and with the costume being so tight, he wants to find a way to stop them.

He's not the only one who has concerns about their outfit – Lara (12) isn't confident with what she's wearing, and is persuaded by Monica (11) to wear a costume from the school's last play instead.

What they haven't realised, however, is that the last play was Mother Goose and now her goose outfit makes Lara feel sillier than ever.

At the school disco, Gabriel and Lara feel awkward and overwhelmed, and want to go home, but Tony (13) comes up with an idea that boosts Lara's confidence and saves Gabriel from his embarrassing situation.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

Though this episode focuses on erections within the male character’s storyline, it could be used to generate general discussion on physical development during puberty.

This could be used to assess the level of current knowledge of the physical side of growing up in a mixed gender class.

The female character’s storyline focuses on Lara’s feelings of self- consciousness and her worries about how she looks in a tight fitting costume.

This could be used to lead a discussion on the way we and others see ourselves.

It could also be used to look at how celebrities are portrayed in the media and the effects of this portrayal on young people.

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.