Y1/2 Lesson 7 (Cycle B): Appropriate contact

Understanding the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact.

Statutory guidance

Being safe: pupils should know:

  • that each person’s body belongs to them, and the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact

Success criteria

Non-statutory guidance

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Year 1: Children can select images from the Activity: Physical contact images to stick onto their picture.

Year 2: Could be supported by working in a mixed-ability pair or with an adult. Could compare parent and teacher only using the appropriate versions of the activity.


Pupils working at greater depth:

Year 1: Could add who they like the particular contact with, for example, a cuddle with grandma, being tickled by dad.

Year 2: Could be challenged to think of other physical contacts to write under each heading on the Activity: Usually, sometimes or never appropriate.


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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