Lesson 1: Dealing with change

Children learn that the change to secondary school can seem like a big one and that they are likely to have mixed feelings about it.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand that a big change can bring both opportunities and worries

Statutory guidance

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world 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: Look at just three scenarios and focus on the themes which they might be most worried about.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to give more detailed advice in the scenario activity.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
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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