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Talk/film on puberty - too young?

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Ferncottage Fri 27-May-11 10:37:24

My daughter is in year 4 and only just 9. Shortly they are having a session on puberty with a film. Does this happen at anyone else's school and if so, when? Year 4 seems rather young to me

IndigoBell Fri 27-May-11 11:27:21

They study SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) every year - with the content changing as they go up through the school....

So in Y4 it will probably be just the briefest overview that as you grow up your body changes, then next year they'll add more detail, and next year even more.....

By this time next year some girls in your DDs class will probably have hit puberty... So they can't leave it too long.

coccyx Fri 27-May-11 14:51:04

certainly not too young.

lljkk Fri 27-May-11 14:52:40

Some girls start their periods as young as 8-9. Even if yours won't start menstruating that early, she needs to understand what's happening to the peer group around her.

shortround Fri 27-May-11 15:00:38

the talk happens in the summer term of Y5 in our eldests school. I still think he is too young, even though i know he needs to know.

Madsometimes Fri 27-May-11 20:18:59

My dd is August born, and had the puberty talk in Y5 when she was 9. I thought it was about right for her, but one child in her class had already started her period by this point, so Y4 does not seem extremely early.

Michaelahpurple Fri 27-May-11 21:58:04

I don't see how you leave puberty any later than that, given how early many girls develop nowadays. Hardly helpful to wait until half of them have breast buds and starting pubic hair before broaching the topic!

PanelMember Sat 28-May-11 17:26:56

According to the BBC advice page girls tend to start puberty between nine and thirteen, so Y4 seems about right.

mankyscotslass Sat 28-May-11 17:27:10

Definitely not too young.

I'm a LS and there are at least 3 girls in year 4 that I have been made aware of that have started periods. (I was only made aware as they may need to go to the loo more often at lunchtime).

CuppaTeaJanice Sat 28-May-11 17:34:22

We had a similar sounding film, about puberty, bodies, the basics of sex, babies etc when we were 7, so the equivalent of year 3. Lots of scenes of naked people running about on the beach as I recall. I felt old enough to watch it, and ask questions about anything I didn't understand.

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