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Caring and responsibility


Looking after each other in school, at home and in the community.

This topic focuses on special people. It explores why they are special and how they care for and keep one another safe. It examines pupils’ increasing responsibilities towards themselves and others as they get older, including the role they can play and the difference they can make within their communities.

Each year group has a starter video, followed by three lessons. A lesson contains a lesson plan, presentation and worksheet(s) for classroom activities. Download the progression grid »
Year 1: Our special people
  • My special people
  • How our special people care for us
  • Keeping safe
Year 2: Special people in our communities
  • Community helpers
  • When we need help
  • Our communities and groups
Year 3: Responsibility and boundaries
  • Being responsible
  • Responsibility and personal space
  • Caring and empathy
Year 4: Rights and responsibilities
  • Our rights, our responsibilities
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Family roles and responsibilities
Year 5: Caring in the community
  • Care needs
  • Feeling lonely
  • Why volunteer?
Year 6: Respectful behaviour online and offline
  • Taking care of myself
  • Looking after my money
  • Transition to secondary
Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, but teachers can extend or develop learning across more lessons if this is appropriate. It is recommended that schools timetable at least one lesson a week for each year group.

Rights and responsibilities, Year 4 video sample.
Being responsible.

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