Lesson 4: Privacy and secrecy

Developing an understanding of privacy and the difference between secrets and surprises.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To develop understanding of privacy and the difference between secrets and surprises

Statutory guidance

  • 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.
  • How to recognise and report feelings of being unsafe or feeling bad about any adult.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given a limited number of the scenarios to work on and could benefit from having an adult to support them with their answers.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should consider whether there are any secrets or potential secrets in the scenarios and why these are secrets not surprises.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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