Our most popular puberty and personal hygiene resources
Free puberty handouts
Brook provides free resources which can be used to supplement relationship and sex education (RSE) lessons and cover multiple aspects of puberty
The girls guide to growing up
Audience: Young teens
Description: A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, puberty and parenting expert Anita Naik addresses any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal'. She reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty. The book also includes lifestyle advice on topics like healthy eating and exercise, and information on how puberty affects boys.
All about us: living and growing
Format: DVD and workbooks
Publisher: Channel 4
Audience: Ages 5-11
Details: Educational resource to promote sex and relationship education as a developmental process, beginning in the early years at the appropriate level and progressing through childhood and adolescence into adulthood. Book this resource
RSE KS2: Puberty- what's happening to my body
Format: Free Online
Details: In this short film you will see small groups of children ask questions on behalf of their peers to adults they trust.
Questions covered are: Will my body change in puberty? Why do boys get boners (erections)? What is a wet dream? If you get your period in school, who do you go to?
The adult’s answers are not scripted or prepared – the video features authentic, unrehearsed responses to a variety of questions. The issues raised are real life concerns from children aged 9-12 which were generated through RSE workshops facilitated by professional workshop facilitators. The content acts as stimulus material for teachers to prompt discussions around related topics. It shows how to deal with sensitive subjects in an age-appropriate, open and honest way. The peer-based learning approach encourages pupils to think for themselves and to pose questions using their own language.
This short film has been made in consultation with PSHE subject experts and teachers.
Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with your pupils.
Growing up: a guide to puberty
Audience: Ages 5-11
Duration: 13 mins
Details: Using animated drawings this video follows the stages of growth, shows how boys and girls develop, how the physical characteristics change with the effect of sex hormones. Topics covered include: puberty, changing emotions, social expectations, wet dreams, menstruation, management of periods and hygiene. Outlines the importance of exercise, nutrition and hygiene in fitness and health. Includes teachers' notes. Book this resource
Title: Help I'm hairy
Format: Film (on USB)
Details: Help I’m Hairy uses narration, helpful advice from Yr 6-11 students, fact files, information from a health advisor, animation and short comic sketches to help young people understand what happens physically and emotionally during puberty. This new version (updated in 2016) also contains an extra section devoted to the Transition to secondary school.
RUNNING TIME: 32 mins (with 'Private Parts' section of the film and 31 mins without)
The film begins with a curious young pupil noticing things are becoming strange around school and at home. Emotions seem to run high and everything is changing. Could it be hormones? Two students and a school health advisor, pick up the thread taking us on a journey to uncover the myths and reveal facts about puberty, and how to survive it.
The film ends with a standalone section on Transition to secondary school as a new student starts at 'big' school. This section includes interviews with students too.
Contents: USB stick containing films and downloadable resources to support lessons.
Puberty: online resources from Public Health England
Powerpoint and lesson plan to help students learn about the physical and emotional aspects of puberty.
Helping you teach PSHE curriculum topics to Upper KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils, with flexible lesson plans and ready-to-use PowerPoints co-created with teachers, and video content developed with 10 to 16-year-olds.
Hand washing machine
Audience: All ages
Details: Teaches the importance of good hand washing. GlitterBug Potion fluoresces brightly under UV illumination. Any potion not washed off by the use of warm water, soap and rubbing will continue to show up as fluorescing areas on the hand. Book this resource
Giant microbes: personal hygiene
Publisher: Giant Microbes Inc
Audience: Ages 5+
Details: Kit containing 4 'giant microbes' - stuffed toys designed to look like microbes but one million times actual size. Kit contains: common cold model (Rhinovirus); sore throat microbe (Streptococcus pyogenes); flu (Orthomyxoviridus) and stomach ache (Shigella dysenteriae). Each model comes with card of facts about the microbe and its effects. Designed to be used as a teaching aid in personal hygiene sessions for children and young people . Book this resource