Health and Physical Education
Years 7 and 8
Letter: Puberty advice
Summary of task
This assessment task was part of a unit of work on relationships and sexuality. Students were asked to write a letter to their Year 6 self. In the letter, they were to give advice about some of the challenges and changes they will face physically and emotionally as they enter puberty.
Their letter was to include advice for:
- physical changes; for example, acne, growing pains, periods
- emotional changes; for example, mood swings
- personal changes; for example, change in interests
- relationships; for example, friendships, partners, interactions with people, friendship groups
- values – Have they changed? Are there new ones?
This assessment task relates to the focus area: relationships and sexuality.
By the end of Year 8, students evaluate strategies and resources to manage changes and transitions and investigate their impact on identities. Students evaluate the impact on wellbeing of relationships and valuing diversity. They analyse factors that influence emotional responses. They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. They investigate and apply movement concepts and select strategies to achieve movement and fitness outcomes. They examine the cultural and historical significance of physical activities and examine how connecting to the environment can enhance health and wellbeing.
Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students demonstrate control and accuracy when performing specialised movement sequences and skills. They apply movement concepts and refine strategies to suit different movement situations. They apply the elements of movement to compose and perform movement sequences.
Describes a range of physical changes that will occur
Explains how to manage the physical changes effectively
Identifies mood swings as a change during puberty
Describes strategies for managing the emotional changes in detail
Explains how friendships will change and provides reasons why
Explores changes associated with becoming a young adult
Describes how relationships with others may become more intimate
Explains how puberty is a time when a young person begins to form their own values