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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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."

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."

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

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 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 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 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.