Lesson 1: Roles and responsibilities

Children think about the responsibilities and opportunities that they might take on when moving into Year 6, including head boy/girl, school council, prefects, monitors and peer mentors.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand the skills needed to take on responsibilities in school

Statutory guidance

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world > L30. about some of the skills that will help them in their future careers e.g. teamwork, communication and negotiation, L25. to recognise positive things about themselves and their achievements; set goals to help achieve personal outcomes, H35. about the new opportunities and responsibilities that increasing independence may bring and H36. strategies to manage transitions between classes and key stages

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support to identify a role –  this might be an informal role, such as being a role model to other children if they don’t want a position of responsibility.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could consider more than one role and look at the skills which are common to all the roles they may want.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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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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