Lesson 9: Respecting personal boundaries

Learning Objective

  • To know my body is important and belongs to me.

Statutory guidance

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education


Families and people who care for me

Pupils should know:

  • that stable, caring relationships, which may be of different types, are at the heart of happy families, and are important for children’s security as they grow up.


Respectful relationships

Pupils should know:

  • practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships.
  • the importance of permission-seeking and giving in relationships with friends, peers and adults.


Being safe

Pupils should know:

  • what sorts of boundaries are appropriate in friendships with peers and others
  • that each person’s body belongs to them, and the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact. 
  • how to ask for advice or help for themselves or others, and to keep trying until they are heard.
  • where to get advice e.g. family, school and/or other sources.

RSE Statutory guidance.

Success Criteria

Cross Curricular Links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Recap and Recall

Attention Grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could work with a friend to think carefully about what is happening in each scenario, taking turns to discuss ideas.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain how the scenarios might make other people feel; describe why they like or dislike a particular scenario and when they might come across this scenario in real life.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding