Lesson 2: Needs and wants

Children begin to understand the difference between wants and needs

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the difference between wants and needs

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: Could have a set of the Activity: Wants or needs? cards to create their picture from. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to add more detail to their picture, for example not just putting food but identifying foods that are needs rather than wants.

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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