Lesson Bundle : Year 3 (A)

Overview

Lessons on a wide range of PSHE and Citizenship themes suitable for children in Year 3. Lessons include: Peer Pressure: It's Your Choice, The Earth in Our Hands, Chicken Soup, The Two Brothers, Tongue, Refugees: The Stranger.

Peer Pressure: It's Your Choice

A lesson to explore peer group pressure based around a short story involving the Go-Givers character Teefa who is being encouraged by her friends to engage in risky or anti-social behaviour. It also addresses role models, road safety and the need for rules. Suitable for lower KS2. Links: bullying, respect, equality, keeping safety, anti bullying, mental health

Cross-curricular links: literacy

Learning Activities:

  • Writing nonsense ‘rules’ poems
  • Learning the Green Cross Code
  • Identifying role models

 

The Earth in Our Hands

This lesson explores how the actions of human beings are destroying our Earth, and looks at how we can reduce our carbon footprint: using less energy, reducing carbon emissions, saving water, re-using and re-cycling.  It is suitable for all KS2. Links: green, WORLD WATER DAY, EARTH DAY

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:

  • Crossword
  • Photosynthesis experiment
  • Research into renewable energy
  • Carbon footprint homework activity
  • Designing leaflets/posters
     

Linked assembly: 
The children are reminded of the extraordinary number of species in the world. However, some animals are endangered and people are largely responsible for this. The children are asked to consider what they can do to support animal life.

 

Chicken Soup

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

The Two Brothers

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."

 

Tongue: The Power of Words

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.

 

Refugees: The Stranger

Go-Givers character Ahmeti is new to Britain and is worried about how she will fit in. This animated story looks at similarities and difference between people; including nationality, language, food and culture, and how they should be embraced. It also considers the practical and emotional responses of moving to a new country, and how children’s behaviour can affect others. Links: community, immigration

Cross-curricular links: literacy, geography 

Learning Activities:

  • Discussing how it feels to be in a country where you do not speak the native language
  • Researching and creating a display about the country/region of origin of a pupil or teacher at school
  • Writing a short story entitled “A New Pupil Arrives at School”
  • Establishing a partnership with a school abroad