Lesson Bundle : Year 4 (B)


Lessons on a wide range of PSHE and Citizenship themes suitable for children in Year 4. Lessons include: Conscience Corridor, Charitable Giving Through History, Fairtrade: Have a Banana, What Kind of Farming?, The Gift of Sight, Homophobia: Respecting All Our Differences.

Conscience Corridor

This lesson is a Speaking and Listening activity which provides an opportunity for children to listen, put forward arguments, and make informed decisions on a number of controversial topics such as whether it is fair to make animals perform in a circus and whether children should be taught in 'sets' by ability or in mixed ability groups. Links: respect, equality

Cross curricular links: Literacy


Charitable Giving Through History

This lesson looks at the meaning and history of charity and their role in society both past and present. It looks at the role of the Victorian workhouse and alms houses.  It also explores how the government helps those in need. 

Cross curricular links: History, Numeracy

Learning Activities

  • Discussion to help children understand  why people sometimes need help
  • Hot seating in roles of Victorian Workhouse staff and ‘inmates’
  • Voting on favourite causes and charities 


Fairtrade: Have a Banana

This lesson explores how Fairtrade can create a more equal market for the independent producer. It also includes the health giving properties of a banana. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Drama

Learning Activities

  • Compare independent farmers and big producers
  • Persuasive letter writing exercise (support for differentiation provided)
  • Hot seating/role play activity


What Kind of Farming?

This lesson looks at animal husbandry on intensive and free range farms, and how farming practices affect food prices. Suitable for KS1 upwards. Links: green

Cross-curricular links: Science

Learning Activities:

  • Devising a Questionnaire 
  • Visiting a supermarket
  • Food wastage survey
  • Tips for using leftovers


The Gift of Sight

This lesson explains how the eye works. It explores the importance of sight, eye safety and how sight can be restored to some blind people in developing countries for very little cost. Suitable for Year 4 upwards. Links: medicines

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:

  • group discussion on disability discrimination
  • A blind walk
  • Testing the reliability of smell
  • ‘find your blind spot’ activity
  • making a cartoon flip book

Linked assembly: 
This includes optical illusions and discussion about how our amazing brain interprets what the eye sees. The story of David Blunkett introduces discussion and reflection on the determination of people who have adapted to their particular disability.


"A wealth of information relating to the eye, sight & blindness, overlapping many curriculum areas."

"Great as an into for light and shadows in Y6...thanks!


Homophobia: Respecting All Our Differences

This lesson takes the form of an animated story involving Go-Givers character Anna who is being called ‘gay’ because she plays football and doesn’t like wearing dresses. The story addresses the issue of homophobic bullying, and explores different kinds of families. This lesson has been approved by the Stonewall education team. Links: tolerance, community, respect, family, equality, ANTI BULLYING

Cross-curricular links: maths (statistics)

Learning Activities:

  • Conducting a bullying survey 
  • Looking at words ‘with a sting in their tail’
  • Identifying what is unique about each of us

Assembly Plan

The lesson includes an assembly about diversity based around a Jewish parable that explores the idea of individuality and making choices. The children investigate some stereotypes and consider how everyone is unique and can choose who they want to be.