Y1/2 Lesson 4 (Cycle A): Families are all different

Understanding and respecting that each family is unique, and families can be made up of different people.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the range of families they may encounter now and in the future

Statutory guidance

  • That others’ families, either in school or in the wider world, sometimes look different from their family, but that they should respect those differences and know that other children’s families are also characterised by love and care.
  • That marriage represents a formal and legally recognised relationship.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can work with a partner or in a group with an adult to discuss their own experience family and how it differs or is similar to some of the families on the poster.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to give more detailed answers to the questions and to consider whether they are stereotyping when making assumptions about the families.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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