Lesson 5: Family life

Learning that sometimes family relationships may make children feel unhappy and what children can do if this happens.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand that family relationships can sometimes make children feel unhappy and what they can do if this happens

Statutory guidance

Families and people who care for me > Pupils should know 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.

Families and people who care for me > Pupils should know how to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support from peers or an adult to read and explain the story.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to give a range of solutions to the problem.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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