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The Primary Guide to Growing Up, Relationships and Sex: DVD Video Life Support Productions, 2015--39.99 [Pounds Sterling]

Magazine article School Librarian

The Primary Guide to Growing Up, Relationships and Sex: DVD Video Life Support Productions, 2015--39.99 [Pounds Sterling]

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Unusually, this package is presented as a video DVD--useful because you do not need a computer to run it, as it will work perfectly on a DVD Player. The presentation is simple and easy to move around, and there is a lot of content--probably everything you would need to teach and reassure primary-aged children on what can be a challenging area for non-specialists. On the disc, you will also find some excellent lesson plans (35 pages of them) which guide even the most anxious teacher through delivering the content. There is also a twenty-five page set of viewing notes, which proved very useful prior to lessons.

Once you are in, there is a short menu, which splits the content into four sections, plus a 'Help and advice' link. The only slight issue we found here is that the 'mechanics' of sex is covered in the section on Pregnancy, rather than the one labelled 'Sex'--as long as you've read the viewing notes, however, this won't come as a surprise!

Choose a section, and you get a view of two people on a sofa--Bobby and Sonia, who are the guides through the whole thing. Some of the people I showed it to thought that the 3D animation on these specific parts did not work very well, and would have preferred either 'real' people or more traditional animation. I thought it was fine, and because Bobby and Sonia do not look totally 'real', it makes the sections where they're nude less embarrassing than they might otherwise be.

The voiceover and subtitles are excellent for younger children--the language used is appropriate, and simple enough for most children to understand. …

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