Lesson 1: Healthy families

Understanding that families are all different and that they love and support each other, but if problems arise, help is available

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

To understand that families love and support each other but sometimes problems can occur and help is available if needed.

Statutory guidance

Families and people that care for me > Pupils should know:

  • That others’ families, either in school or in the wider world, sometimes look different from their family, but that they should respect those differences and know that other children’s families are also characterised by love and care.
  • That stable, caring relationships, which may be of different types, are at the heart of happy families, and are important for children’s security as they grow up.
  • How to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need additional support with writing about the experiences and issues that the family may be experiencing. Ask them to focus first on the issues that the children may be experiencing as these will be more familiar to them. These children could be placed together in a group and work with you or another adult.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can support their peers with the activity by scribing and asking questions to develop responses.  They could also look at problems and grade them for seriousness e.g. quick to resolve and soon forgotten or more complex and might need additional help.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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