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Free teaching resources

The free resources within My Life have been developed with teachers for The Children's Society to fit the Key Stage 2 Citizenship and PSHE curriculum and support the Every Child Matters agenda and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning.

The first six units were originally created to match the key issues that emerged from The Good Childhood® Inquiry .

Units contain:

  • teachers' notes and lesson plans
  • learning objectives and curriculum links
  • tips on differentiation and extension
  • assembly ideas
  • downloadable activity sheets
  • online case studies and interactive activities (Units 1 to 6 and Unit 9)

  • Two boys fighting

    Unit 1: My friends

    Tommy's parents separated when he was very young and he has difficulties forming relationships. Children learn about interacting with their peers and what makes a good friend. Includes a story-writing activity and a survey.

  • Two girls talking

    Unit 2: My Family

    Kesia is a young carer. Children learn about different types of families and the importance of good communication. Includes an emotional timeline.

  • Boy in a wheelchair

    Unit 3: How I Learn

    Andrew has multiple disabilities and has communication difficulties. Children are encouraged to empathise with others and identify different ways of learning. Includes a picture letter and an interview activity.

  • Becki's caravan

    Unit 4: What I Like Doing

    Becki's family are Travellers and she has changed schools a lot and is worried about her future. Children discuss what they like doing and how these activities relate to their goals and dreams. Includes a photo activity and an interactive CV.

  • A happy girl

    Unit 5: Keeping Healthy

    Jane has personal hygiene and other health problems. Children learn about the constituents of a healthy lifestyle. Includes a quiz and diary design.

  • A sad girl

    Unit 6: What I Believe In

    Flouri has just moved to the UK from Africa and is finding it difficult to settle in. Children learn about the importance of cultural understanding and the value of difference. Includes a picture comprehension activity and a take-home sheet.

  • Child reading a book at her desk

    Unit 7: My School And My Money

    Children explore the school environment and decide in class what makes a happy school and how to create a happy school charter - lots of links to School Council work. Children then look at poverty and inequality and learn about the difference between needs and wants and the feelings associated with being left out or anxious because of a lack of money. Includes creating a news feature.

  • Children in class

    Unit 8: Young Runaways

    These lessons help children to understand what it means to run away, why young people might do it, and how to manage the risks involved. The last lesson provides activities and support to help children know who to talk to and where to seek help when dealing with feelings and problems that may cause them to run away.

  • Worried looking boy

    Unit 9: When it Hurts at Home

    Jack is unhappy at home because of his parents arguing. The case study and activities help children to manage their emotions. Teacher guidance includes support for children and teachers handling the sensitive issue of domestic violence.