Key Stage 1 Lessons

Flexible lessons to develop KS1 children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) learning, including their understanding of fundamental British Values. Resources support Relationsips Education, Character Education and the teaching of Citizenship and PSHE.

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Watch a read-aloud version of the book ‘What is the Law?’, in which a hedgehog... called Snippet finds out about the law. The book has been separated into four chapters for the video. At the end of each chapter, you can pause it to talk about what has been covered. Some suggested discussion areas can be found in the teacher notes.    By the end of the session, pupils should have a basic understanding of what the law is and how much it affects their lives. Kindly created by the author Liz Gifford to help children understand the law.  

In this lesson pupils will learn that washing their hands can help to prevent the... spread of germs which cause illnesses. Pupils will experiment with hand washing techniques before being given advice on how to effectively clean their hands and when hand washing is essential. Through creating rhymes and posters, pupils will consolidate and share their learning with their schoolmates. Please note: A section referencing the coronavirus has been added to the end of this lesson. This section contains additional advice on hygiene precautions related to preventing the spread of this disease. The advice follows NHS guidelines as of 18.03.2020. For the most recent guidelines please consult Government and NHS sources. As this topic may raise sensitive issues for your pupils, please seek the guidance of your Safeguarding Lead to ensure that the content is suitable for your pupils and reflects the school’s health and safety policy.

During this lesson pupils will learn about World Female Ranger Day. Pupils will explore where... the continent of Africa is and learn about its unique wildlife, and why it needs protecting and conserving. They will explore the role of rangers, considering what skills and qualities a ranger needs.

In this lesson pupils will read the story of Anna who tells lies to avoid... getting into trouble. As she lies a monster (her conscience) starts to follow her, growing bigger and bigger with each untruth. The story provides a stimulus for pupils to discuss the problems caused by dishonest behaviour and how they can rebuild trust in a relationship. Pupils will also think about occasions in which telling the truth could cause harm if the feelings of others are not taken into consideration.

We are constantly reviewing and updating the content of the Go-Givers website to ensure it... is accurate and engaging for our schools.  As part of this review process a number of our older lessons have now been archived but are still available to all Go-Givers subscribers through our Google Drive. 

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.

In this lesson pupils will read a tale adapted from Jewish folklore that explores the... theme of sharing. Pupils will reflect on the behaviour of the characters and consider how they would resolve the conflict which is described in the story. Pupils will put sharing into practice through participating in an adapted version of ‘show and tell’ and contributing to a class recipe book project.

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 learn about the importance of eating the right amounts of... different food groups as part of a healthy lifestyle. Pupils will have the opportunity to design their own healthy meal and will identify foods they should eat plenty of, some of and small amounts of in their day to day lives.

This home-learning pack has been designed to support SMSC, Citizenship and PSHE learning within a... home environment. All the activities described have been taken from Go-Givers resources and adapted to be delivered by parents and carers at home.   The pack will continue to be added to on a regular basis so please do keep visiting the Go-Givers website to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.

In this lesson pupils will read about Mitali and his concerns for his friend Anna,... who appears to be withdrawn and unhappy. Pupils will consider what can make people feel unhappy and how they can spot when their friends are feeling low. Pupils will identify trusted adults in their lives who can support them and look at the language of emotions so that they can better express how they are feeling.

This lesson focuses on celebrating diversity and respecting differences. During the lesson pupils will gain... an understanding of what it means to be unique through participating in a range of games and activities. They will consider why they should treasure their differences and be given the opportunity to create unique pieces of art and poetry.

In this lesson pupils will spot potential risks in the home. They will learn how... they can help adults to keep them safe by reporting problems and keeping the home tidy. Pupils will demonstrate their learning through creating a poster advising on home safety.

In this lesson pupils will think about the physical and mental benefits of exercise for... health and wellbeing. They will learn about the importance of keeping active as part a healthy lifestyle and consider how different types of activity affect their bodies and minds.

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 pupils will think about kind and unkind behaviour. They will consider how... they can help and support each other in order to create a happy class community.

In this lesson pupils will be introduced to the Go-Giver characters, who will share their... likes, dislikes, talents and goals. After meeting the Go-Givers, pupils will share advice for making friends and will practise introducing themselves and initiating a conversation with a peer.

In this lesson pupils will consider the difference between wants and needs and discuss how... our wants and needs can influence how we spend money. Pupils learn that money comes from different sources, can be used for different purposes, and about the role money plays in their lives. They will also debate whether money is best spent or saved.

In this lesson about friendship, pupils will follow the story of Digby who is upset... when his best friend Anna starts spending a lot of time with someone else. Pupils will think about feelings which arise when someone is left out and consider the benefits of working and playing together. To conclude the lesson, pupils will learn and share playground games which more than two players can enjoy.

In this lesson pupils will learn to set simple goals and consider the steps they... can take towards achieving them.

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

In this lesson pupils will think about the ‘special people’ in their lives such as... family, friends and carers. Pupils will be encouraged to recognise and respect the diversity found in different families and support networks, developing an appreciation that all ‘special people’ are characterised by their loving and caring qualities.

During this lesson children explore the environmental effects of plastic pollution by carrying out a... number of experiments. They then go on to consider how they can take action against plastic pollution.

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.  

This lesson helps children to 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.

In this lesson pupils will consider that some rules are made to keep people safe.... They will follow the story of Callum, a Go-Giver who wants to find a place to skateboard. Pupils will explain to Callum why different settings are not suitable and suggest how he can manage his frustration with the rules.

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.

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'.

In this lesson pupils will read an adapted version of a Buddhist legend that encourages... them to reflect on how the generosity with which a gift is given is more important than the amount donated. Pupils will discuss what they value and how they would choose to donate money, if given the opportunity. The lesson also includes opportunities for pupils to try mindfulness techniques inspired by Buddhist traditions.

In this lesson pupils will read a tale from Japanese folklore which tells of how... one small act of generosity leads to big gains. They will think about whether generous acts should be rewarded and consider whether good fortune should be shared. Pupils will conclude the session by discussing ways in which they can show generosity to others without spending money.

In this lesson pupils will read and discuss the tale of the Selfish Little Red... Hen who does not offer her friend any help as she prepares for a party. Following the story, pupils will think about the people who help them and what help they can offer in return. The session concludes with an art activity in which the class creates ‘helping hand hens’ to remember the message of the story.

In this lesson pupils will read a tale adapted from Egyptian legend which tells of... the love and care which two brothers showed for each other. In discussion, pupils will consider the qualities that they value in a sibling or friend and how siblings and friends can show support for one another. Pupils will conclude the lesson with two games which are designed to develop the teamwork and communication skills needed to be a supportive member of the class.

In this lesson pupils will read a tale adapted from Carib tradition which tells of... how words can be used for good or bad. In discussion, pupils will consider the effects of speaking in aggressive and/or negative language and how well-chosen words can improve relationships.  

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.

In this lesson pupils will learn about the ‘special’ people who help in their community.... They will consider who can help them in different situations and how they can ask for help when they need it. Pupils will also discuss what is meant by the term ‘emergency’ and how to contact the emergency services by dialling 999.

In this lesson pupils will think about the purpose of rules by reflecting on what... life might be like without them. Pupils will discuss different types of rules in the home, school and wider community and be encouraged to consider their benefits and disadvantages. Through devising the rules for a game, pupils will gain experience of creating, communicating and reviewing rules. The lesson closes with an opportunity for pupils to propose a rule that will improve their school.