Lesson 1: Coping strategies

Children learn that, as they get older, the number of opportunities and responsibilities they have are likely to increase as situations change, and that this is a good thing.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To understand the strategies people use to cope with change

Statutory guidance

  • Nothing relevant for this lesson

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could focus on one or two strategies to cope with change in their poster.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to include a greater number of strategies to help cope with change, including some of their own, new ideas.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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