Lesson 6: Safety with substances

Learning what is safe to go on or in the body, and why some things should never go into the body.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand what is safe to put into or onto our bodies

Statutory guidance

  • Pupils should know the facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use and drug-taking.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Work in a group with an adult for the sorting activity. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Draw or write their own ideas on the sorting activity.

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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