Lesson 1: What is family?

Understanding the different people that can be in a family and that families look after us

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand that families look after us

Statutory guidance

Families and people who care for me >Pupils should know that families are important for children growing up because they can give love, security and stability.

Families and people who care for me >Pupils should know the characteristics of healthy family life, commitment to each other, including in times of difficulty, protection and care for children and other family members, the importance of spending time together and sharing each other’s lives.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide family words for children to copy or cut out and stick on their picture. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Could create their picture in an organised way such as a simple family tree or have the people who are closest to them nearer them. They could also identify ways people are related to each other e.g. grandparents are the parents of mum or dad.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress


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Sarah Huggins,  
Relationships & Sex Education specialist
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