Lesson 5: Appropriate contact

Understanding the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • that each person’s body belongs to them, and the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Have pictures of different types of physical contact which children can select from and stick onto their picture.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could add who they like the particular contact with e.g. cuddle with grandma, being tickled by dad.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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