Introduction: Year 1: Setting ground rules for RSE & PSHE lessons

Introducing children to RSE & PSHE as a subject and exploring how to create a successful learning environment for these lessons

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand what PSHE education (or the name used in your school) is and how we can learn effectively in these lessons.

Statutory guidance

  • The National Curriculum states that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)’

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need greater discussion around the feelings experienced by the children in the stories. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to contribute to the rules more and explain the consequences of not adhering to them.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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