Lesson 7: Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: influences

Recognising who and what may influence our decisions; exploring how pupils can make sure they are making the right decision for themselves.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To begin to recognise who and what can influence our decisions.
  • To know how we can make sure we are making the right decision for ourselves.

Statutory guidance

Children 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: Should focus on just scenario 2 as it is more straightforward. Give additional help to the children to help them to develop their character.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to take the idea from any of the scenarios and develop it further. They could also work in a larger group and add additional characters to the scenarios.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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