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Year 4 PSHE Curriculum Overview

Identity, society and equality



Lesson 1: Pupils learn about Britain as a democratic society


  • understand that Britain is a democratic society and what this means
  • know that there are different political parties who differ in their views
  • understand that people have opportunities to influence decisions by voting in elections


Lesson 2: Pupils learn about how laws are made


  • know how laws are made and the importance of following them
  • understand the contribution and influence that individuals and organisations can have on social and environmental change
  • recognise that laws help to keep people safe


Lesson 3: Pupils learn about the local council


  • understand that the local council organises services under the guidance of the central  government
  • recognise there are limited resources for the needs of the community
  • know that people may have different views about how council money should be spent

Drug, alcohol and tobacco education

Making choices


Lesson 1: Pupils learn that there are drugs (other than medicines) that are common in everyday life, and why people choose to use them.


  • are aware of drugs that are common in everyday life, such as caffeine, alcohol, tobacco or nicotine products, and when they might be used
  • can identify why a person may choose to use or not use a drug
  • are able to state some alternatives to using drugs


Lesson 2: Pupils learn about the effects and risks of drinking alcohol


  • know how alcohol can affect the body
  • explain why drinking alcohol may pose a greater or lesser risk, depending on the individual and the amount of alcohol consumed
  • know that there are laws and guidelines related to the consumption of alcohol


Lesson 3: Pupils learn about different patterns of behaviour that are related to drug use


  • can explain what is meant by the terms ‘habit’ and ‘addiction’
  • can identify different behaviours that are related to drug use
  • know where they can go for help if they are concerned about someone’s use of drugs

Exploring Mental Health


Lesson 1: Everyday feelings

This first lesson builds on learning from KS1 focusing on feelings and emotions, how these change over time and what helps people to feel good.

Pupils will learn:
• about the different feelings and emotions people experience; how feelings and emotions change and what helps people to feel good


Lesson 2: Expressing feelings

This lesson focuses on learning to describe and express feelings and the importance of doing so.

Pupils will learn:
• about ways of expressing feelings and emotions and why this is important


Lesson 3: Managing feelings

Building on the previous two lessons, this lesson teaches pupils about ways of managing when feelings (especially strong feelings) influence our actions and behaviour, sometimes negatively. Children will consider who is best to help them with their feelings and learn how to seek appropriate help and advice.

Pupils will learn:
• about managing feelings and emotions in different situations
• about getting help, advice and support with feelings and emotions