Lesson 3: Secrets and surprises

Learning to tell the difference between secrets and surprises

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the difference between secrets and surprises

Statutory guidance

  • Being safe

Pupils should know about the concept of privacy and the implications of it for both children and adults; including that it is not always right to keep secrets if they relate to being safe.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Give additional examples of secrets and surprises and offer them support when they are completing the Activity: Secrets and surprises.


Pupils working at greater depth: Write their own secret and surprise scenarios to try on one another.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
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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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