Building connections: Year 6 lesson plan

Primary

This lesson from Public Health England supports Year 6 pupils to understand that it's normal to feel lonely, and that there there are strategies they can use to safely build connections with family, friends and their community. 

The resource contains a PowerPoint presentation with guidance for delivering the lesson, and a writing activity. There is also a video included for delivering the lesson.

The stated learning objectives of this resource are that learners will:

  • explain what loneliness means
  • explain what connection means
  • give advice to a young person who wants to feel more connected

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use with children aged 10 and 11
  • use with whole classes or large groups

Curriculum links

England – RHSE

 

Relationships

Pupils should know:

• how important friendships are in making us feel happy and secure, and how people choose and make friends

• the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties

• that healthy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded

• the importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them

Northern Ireland - Personal Development and Mutual Understanding

Personal Understanding and Health

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• themselves and their personal attributes; (Foundation)

• their self–esteem and self-confidence; (KS1)

• their self-esteem, self-confidence and how they develop as individuals; (KS2)

Wales – Health and Wellbeing

Statement 5 - Healthy relationships are fundamental to our well-being.   This Area can help learners understand and value how feelings of belonging and connection that come from healthy relationships have a powerful effect on health well-being.

Scotland - Health and Wellbeing

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

• I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.

• I am learning how to give appropriate support.

Social Wellbeing

• I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs.

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