Lesson 1: Rights of the child

Children learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explore how these rights apply to their own lives and choices they can make.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Non-statutory guidance


Learning opportunities in Living in the Wider World

‘Pupils learn

L3. about the relationship between rights and responsibilities’


See: Programme of Study for PSHE education (KS1-5).


British Values: Individual liberty

See: Kapow Primary: RSE & PSHE: Personal development, SMSC and British values mapping.



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support

Could focus on the right to play as it includes just one right and children may be more familiar with it.


Pupils working at greater depth

Could be challenged to develop ideas around how we can support the rights.

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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