Key Stage 1 Lessons

Go-Givers has over 150 cross-curricular lessons to support the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship and develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) learning, including their understanding of fundamental British Values.

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In this lesson pupils will think about the importance of caring for their community and... the varied caring responsibilities which are held by members of the community. They will identify who in the community cares for their needs and how they can reciprocate by taking an active role in their community.

This lesson starts with a simple story that helps children to explore what responsibilities come... with owning a pet. Children then go on to look at what happens when pets are not properly cared for and some of the charitable organisations that look after animals.

Over a series of short sessions, pupils will have the opportunity to consider simple social... and moral dilemmas which may arise in day to day life. Pupils will be encouraged to make decisions by first considering their options before exploring the consequences of different actions through participating in group role plays.   Each ‘difficult decision’ is designed to be a stimulus for short discussion sessions with your class in which pupils can practise reasoning, listening and speaking skills.

In this lesson pupils will research what is meant by the word ‘community’. Pupils will... think about who lives in their area and what services and facilities there are for their community. They will discuss what they like and dislike about their area, suggesting things that could be improved. Pupils will reflect on these conversations by producing a piece of art that maps what they see as the features of their community. During school time or as a homework activity, they will be encouraged to further explore their neighbourhood through completing a community treasure hunt.

In this lesson pupils will share their likes and dislikes as well as what makes... them special. Activities provide lots of opportunities for pupils to learn about their classmates and appreciate the similarities and differences within the class.   We recommend that you use this resource alongside the lesson ‘Our Rules’ to establish good relationships within the class at the start of term.

In this lesson pupils will consider the varying needs and interests of the Go-Giver characters... and design a playground that matches these requirements. They will work in groups to present their ideas and agree rules that will keep the Go-Givers safe and happy in their playground.

In this lesson pupils will follow the story of the Go-Givers having a picnic.  Pupils...In this lesson pupils will follow the story of the Go-Givers having a picnic.  Pupils will think about the problems caused by littering and how they can take responsibility for cleaning their environment.

In this lesson Alba, Ahmeti and Callum take a trip to the seaside and find... there is a lot of litter washed up on the beach. They learn about how plastic pollution affects sealife and ask children to consider ways to prevent plastic ending up in the sea. Links: green Cross curricular links: literacy, science, geography Learning Activities: Sea Food activity Persuasive writing Saving a local river Poster designs

This lesson explores the issues of pollution of our planet and sustainable power. It is... based around an animated story, involving the Go-Givers characters, in which creatures from a friendly planet are invited to help clean up Earth. Links: green    

In this lesson pupils will learn the meaning of the word habitat and have an... introduction to different habitats that can be found in the UK. Pupils will examine how living things are suited to their habitats and are thus at risk when habitat is lost. As a class they will take part in activities that are designed to introduce them to habitats in their local area before participating in social action that will support or renew habitats in their area. By the end of the lessons pupils will … understand the term habitat; identify habitats in the UK and animals which are suited to them; understand the effects of habitat loss; get involved in local habitat renewal.

A lesson to help children develop resilience and consider how to respond to challenges in... a positive way. The Go-Givers characters share their experiences of difficult situations and how they ‘bounced back’.   Cross-curricular links: literacy   Learning Activities: Discussing how we can think of our problems as lessons to learn from Making a list of effort statements Drawing cartoons to illustrate the difference between the optimist and the pessimist A physical activity to help children to reflect upon and change the direction of their thinking Completing sheet ‘Can We Fix it?’, listing problems and suggesting solutions Making a whole class poem reflecting your positive solution-focussed thinking! 

In this lesson pupils will learn what is meant by the term energy source. They... will consider how they use energy in their lives and be introduced to the basic environmental concerns raised when creating electricity from burning fossil fuels or through nuclear reactions. Pupils will then be shown how they can help the environment through saving energy in their day to day lives.

In this lesson pupils will learn what it means to vote by looking at relatable... examples in the lives of the Go-Givers. They will consider why and how votes are held and think about how people might feel if their preference does not win. The lesson continues with a basic introduction as to what happens in a general election and the election of a school council. The lesson concludes with an opportunity for pupils to vote in a real-life school situation.

In this lesson pupils will learn to express whether they agree or disagree with an... idea. Pupils will then be introduced to the concept of weighing up arguments by considering points made for and against school policies.

A short lesson to help children understand what rules are and why we need them.... Learning activities: Imagining the perfect classroom Helpful or not?  Children are asked to explore a number of rules to see if they think they are helpful or not. What makes a great classmate? Deciding on the rules for your classroom and turning these into a poster

This lesson is based around the clever traditional poem about four children named Everybody, Somebody,... Anybody and Nobody. It introduces children to the idea of taking responsibility in the context of tidying up toys after they’ve been playing with them!    Cross-curricular links: literacy; drama   Learning Activities: Role play around making excuses. Role play cards included Discussing and writing the responsibilities they feel towards different groups (eg. themselves; their family; the whole country) Celebrating children’s acts of  kindness Making pledges on ‘Helping Hands’ coupons. Template included Read, discuss and illustrate the poem ‘Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody'.

This lesson aims to challenge common ideas about Africa. The Go-Givers character Teefa takes children... on a tour of the continent to show the diversity of people, languages, housing and landscapes found there.  Cross-curricular links: geography Learning Activities: Children explore where their ideas about Africa come from, and look at the influence of the media Counting game of Oware, the national game of Ghana Group work using atlases to research counties in Africa "This resource is thought provoking and raises truly interesting issues. It provoked a fascinating debate in my all white classroom. It was my intention to help my year3/4 class realise that there is a lot more to Africa than poverty and wild animals. This power point does just that."   "Really thought provoking and dignified. Thanks for an un-patronising look at the amazing diversity and richness there is to the continent of Africa. Lots of excellent activities inspired by this presentation. Thanks very much."

This lesson explores the importance of sharing and co-operation, using symbiotic examples from nature and... a musical exercise to illustrate how working together can help bring about better outcomes. Links: community, respect, equality   Cross-curricular links: science, music Learning Activities: Learning about the ways that different animals help each other to survive in the natural world Considering the meanings of conflict, cooperation and negotiation Creating their own animal (group activity) Creating their own piece of music; firstly when working  alone, secondly when listening and working as a team "Brilliant slideshow. A super introduction to the task set for group work. Thank you."  

In this story about honesty, as Anna tells more and more lies the monster (her conscience)... follows her around getting bigger and bigger. Cross-curricular links: Science, Literacy Learning Activities • Role play: a web of lies • A Chinese fable: The Empty Pot • A symbolic game: The Tower of Trust • When to use white lies • Experiments with seeds

In this lesson children are introduced to the words ‘philanthropist’ and ‘charity’ and think about... the role they play in helping to care for people. Which charities do the children think are most important, how can they help care for people in their community and why is this important?   Cross-curricular links: literacy   Learning Activities: Creating a ‘community web’ with wool to demonstrate how tight bonds bind communities together Categorising everyday items as ‘essential’ or ‘desirable’ to explore wants and needs Creating a philanthropist super-hero! Surveying members of the community

This lesson is based around a traditional story adapted from Jewish folk-lore about the value... of sharing and nature of generosity. Links: community, family   Cross-curricular links: literacy, science (healthy eating)   Learning  Activities: Investigating the traditional chicken soup recipe. Why might this be considered healthy? Completing sheet ‘Are You a Healthy Eater?’  Homework: children bring in one healthy recipe from home (template provided) Make a class collection of healthy eating recipes

This lesson considers the value of money, the importance of generosity and sharing with others.... The lesson is based around a Japanese folk tale, in which a small act of generosity is eventually rewarded with big gains. Links: community Cross-curricular links: maths (money) and financial awareness Learning Activities Discussing whether generosity deserves to be rewarded Discussing what the children would do with a lottery win: considering their needs, wants and wishes Considering the value of money Discussing the 3 S’s: spending, sharing and saving.  Recording ideas of how to be generous to others without spending any money   

This lesson tells the story of the Golden Girl of the 2012 Olympics, Jessica Ennis.... What makes her special and what keeps her grounded?   Cross-curricular links: literacy, geography, DT (cooking)   Learning Activities: Jamaican recipes Discussing role models and listing ‘wow’ words to describe them Identifying own likes and dislikes and recognise what they are good at

In this lesson Zoe tells us about our ears, and her experience of hearing loss.... Cross-curricular links: Literacy Learning Activities: •    Our five senses •    Identifying sounds •    Lip reading •    Communicating through gesture and British Sign Language   

This lesson looks at felings and how we can look after our mental health. Mitali... is concerned about changes in Anna's behaviour. How can he help her? Links: respect, Mental Health Week Cross-curricular links: Literacy Learning Activities: Role play: Being supportive friends Naming feelings Compiling emergency kits to bring cheer Story: Catch a Falling Star.

This lesson is based around an animated story involving the Go-Givers character Mitali who is... feeling unwell. The other characters bring him different things to try and help him feel better. It introduces children to some common cold medicines found in the home such as Lemsip, Vicks VapoRub and Calpol as well as other traditional remedies such as ‘chicken soup’ and a ‘hot toddy’ containing alcohol.    Cross-curricular links: science   Learning Activities: Discussing times you have been unwell, medicines and treatments the children know about Discussing which medicines go inside and outside the body, matching pictures to the right place on an outline of the human body Role playing going to the doctor Understanding harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol "Great resource. I've used it as an introductory lesson for our science topic on medicines." "This matches our Drug Ed. lessons really well and makes the lesson so much more real and interesting for the children. Lots of opportunities for discussion to keep them enthusiastic and help them to learn and remember these important messages."

An introduction to the Go-Givers characters. The lesson includes a quiz, and activities to help... children understand the nature of fear and how to make friends. Links: community

This lesson is based around an animated story in which Go-Givers character  Anna makes a... new friend, a bee named Stripy, and her other friend Digby feels left out. This story addresses the issues of loyalty and jealousy in friendships. Links: community, respect   Cross-curricular links: science, maths   Learning Activities: Finding out about bees Making tessellating honeycomb patterns using triangles and hexagons Creating a class friendship book  

A short, practical activity with a paper heart to demonstrate the hurt caused by name... calling. Links: bullying, respect, community, anti bullying, mental health   Learning Activities: A whole class activity using paper hearts Discussing the well-known phrase ‘sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you’. Can mean words leave scars on other’s hearts? "Lovely activity for my year 3 class, very appropriate for this year's anti-bullying theme. Thank You." "Lovely lesson idea. I'm going to use it with year one for anti-bullying week. It's really visual."

Go-Givers character Pete introduces us to some of the sports in the Parathletics, and the athletes... who take part in them. Links: respect, equality   Learning Activities: Investigating a range of disabilities by experiencing different forms of impairment Inventing games that are inclusive of people with different types of disability

This lesson focuses on the importance of rules. In the animated story, Go-Givers character Callum... wants to try out his new skateboard but keeps being told 'You can't do that here!' The story illustrates how rules and responsibilities can limit the choices available but also explores why they are necessary, how rules can keep you and others safe, and how rules can be changed. Links: respect Learning Activities: •    See Nifty Gear (available with a School Subscription) for creating a Classroom Contract /Ground Rules •    Discussing how everyone can contribute to Ground Rules, and how everyone can help enforce them.  

This lesson tells a story, adapted from a Buddhist legend, that encourages the children to... reflect on how the generosity with which a gift is given is more important than the amount donated.  Cross-curricular links: Religious Education, Art & Design  Learning Activities: Using the symbol of the lotus flower to consider the group’s aspirations and virtues Creating your own plaster casts   

This animated story turns the traditional tale of The Little Red Hen on its head.... In this case the hen is always too busy to help her friends. Pupils can choose the story ending. They are asked to reflect on the importance of team work and co-operation, and learn how to share their opinions. Links: community, respect Cross-curricular links: Drama (Spoken Language), Literacy  Learning Activities: Discussing the importance of being helpful: who helps the children? Who do they help? Discussing the impact of selfishness on others  Writing a poem entitled “What kind of world would it be?”  Considering how  helpfulness benefits society  'We used this lesson as part of our traditional tales series. The children loved the twist to the story and they liked the fact that they could choose the ending to the story. It prompted a lengthy discussion and they discovered that we don't always agree! They really enjoyed it thank you!'

This lesson consists of a story adapted from an Egyptian legend that teaches about the... importance of family love, selflessness and generosity. Links: British values, tolerance, community Cross-curricular links: literacy, geography, charitable giving  Learning Activities: Thinking about the groups you belong to: family, friends, religion, clubs Thinking out how being generosity is often reciprocated Writing top tips for being a good brother/sister/cousin or friend Discussing the importance of water for farming Discussing the impact of the Nile in farming in Ancient Egypt  Acting out the story of “Joseph and his coat of many colours” "An easy, well explained story which provided thought for much discussion and restores our faith in the generosity of humankind."   "Enjoyed the story and had a good discussion about the words in the glossary. Also had a good discussion about families. The children liked the pictures and the animation."  

This lesson considers the importance of words, as illustrated by a West Indian legend: how... words can be used to create goodness and happiness, but can also be used to be spiteful and to spread lies. The lesson also explores the five senses. Links: respect, bullying, anti bullying, mental health Cross-curricular links: literacy, science Learning Activities: Discussing the five senses, and how they help us to explore our world Discussing how other creatures use their senses differently; examples given include fish and insects Exploring how negative comments make us feel Converting “put downs” into positive comments  Writing tongue twisters.