PSHE KS2 / KS3: Lara's first period

Lara wakes up to discover that she’s started her period.

She feels self-conscious and worries that everyone is looking at her differently.

When she confides in her friends, the girls whisk her off to the local supermarket, where she learns about sanitary towels (tampons are mentioned though not described).

Meanwhile Gabriel is embarrassed to hear that Lara has her period.

The boys also worry that the girls are growing up faster than them.

Max tells them the girls will only be interested in older guys like him, but is proven wrong when the girls want to spend time with their younger male friends as always.

Quiz questions throughout the clip invite pupils to consider whether they will be pleased when they get their first period, whether they will tell people, and how they would feel if all their friends had started and they hadn't.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

Can be used to introduce discussion about periods.

The episode is designed to be accessible to as broad a group as possible.

It is also a useful tool to assess the level of current knowledge of menstruation in a mixed gender class.

To get the most out of the film the audience will ideally already have a basic understanding of what periods are as the storyline does not explain the biological facts - the focus is on Lara’s conflicting emotions in getting her first period, the boy’s potential exclusion and suggestions on how she might deal with the change.

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.