Y1/2 Lesson 1 (Cycle A) Introduction: Setting ground rules for RSE & PSHE lessons

Introducing children to RSE & PSHE as a subject and exploring how to create a successful learning environment for these lessons.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand what PSHE education (or the name used in your school) is and how we can help everyone learn in these lessons.

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

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Year 1: May need greater discussion around the feelings experienced by the children in the stories. 

Year 2: May need a copy of the rules from PSHE and RSE last year.

Pupils working at greater depth:

Year 1: Can be challenged to contribute to the rules more and explain the consequences of not adhering to them.

Year 2: Can try to justify their suggestions by considering what worked best last year. For example, turn-taking or looking at the person speaking. Children could also consider what may happen when the rules are not followed (e.g. some children might not feel confident in sharing their ideas).

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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