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Different types of families and healthy relationships.

This topic explores the importance and diversity of families, and the characteristics of healthy, positive family relationships. It enables pupils to recognise when they may feel unsafe within a family, and how to ask for help if they need it. It identifies the characteristics of a committed relationship, and at Year 6 explores human reproduction and other ways that people can start a family.

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: The importance of family

  • My family
  • Our families
  • Superhero families!

Year 2: The diversity of families

  • Who is in a family?
  • A happy family
  • Families of all kinds

Year 3: Different types of committed relationships

  • Commitment and marriage
  • All change!
  • Family changes: when parents separate

Year 4: Families and other relationships

  • Different relationships: boundaries and behaviour
  • Belonging

Year 5: Healthy, committed relationships

  • Values of healthy relationships
  • Diversity in relationships
  • It’s all about commitment

Year 6: Starting a family*

  • Starting a family
  • The impact of having a baby
  • When is it right?

*includes age-appropriate sex education, not compulsory in primary schools.

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.

Explore our years 1-6 programme topics

Each topic contains age-appropriate content that increases in complexity and maturity through the year groups, allowing pupils to build on their skills and understanding each year.

Confidently deliver the new curriculum requirements 

Discovery Education Health and Relationships covers the statutory requirements for teaching primary Health Education and Relationships Education from September 2020. It contains lessons for teaching all aspects of the guidelines, including the non-statutory aspects. View the programme progression.