Key Stage 1 Rights, Rules & Responsibilities

Year 1 And 2 Making Rules

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Lesson Plan

Teaching ObjectivesPossible Teaching ActivityLearning Outcomes

Children should learn:

  • what is meant by the word 'rules' and how rules can help us to know what we can and cannot do
  • the different rules that are in place at home and in school
  • who makes the rules and what happens if rules are broken

Begin the lesson by introducing the word 'rules'. Ask the children what they think we mean by this word. Talk to the children about why rules are important.

Talk to the children about being at home - what sorts of rules are there at home? Who makes these rules and what happens if they don't follow them?

Ask the class what rules they think already exist in school. What rules do you have in your own class, did the children help decided on these rules? Do they think that any are unfair or are there any other rules they would like?

Taking home and school as examples, discuss with the children the different people that make rules and look at what can happen if rules are not followed.

  • Children will learn the importance of having rules and how they can help us decide what to do
  • Children will also learn about the rules that exist in their classroom and at schools and what can happen if they break the rules

Teachers Notes

What are rules and why do we need them?

Background Notes

In order for people to live together, it is essential that rules exist to ensure everyone is treated fairly and in the same way.

A set of rules can tell us two things:

1) what we must or are allowed to do, eg - you must wear school uniform.

2) what we are not allowed to do, eg - you must not throw stones.

Having a set of rules means that everyone who has to follow the rules knows what they can and cannot do.

Suggested Teaching Activity

Classroom Discussion

Talk to the children about some of the different rules that exist in their lives. Ask the children to write about:

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What rules are there at home?

Background Notes

In order for family life to run smoothly, it is important that a set of rules is established. This will ensure that everyone in the family knows what they can and cannot do and what is expected of them.

Examples:

Suggested Teaching Activity

Classroom Discussion and Activity

Ask the children about different things at home and discuss what they are and are not allowed to do. How many of them have to help with the washing up or the housework? Make a list of tasks around the home and find out how many children help with each of the different tasks. Draw this up on to a bar chart to show how many children get involved in each activity.

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What rules are there in school?

Background Notes

At school, the Head Teacher and other teachers must take care of children and are, therefore, allowed to make rules and give fair and reasonable punishment.

Rules are essential in order for a school to run smoothly.

As all of the students (and teachers) have different sets of rules at home, there is a set of rules that apply to you when you are in school which may differ from what you are allowed to do at home.

Examples:

Suggested Teaching Activity

Class Discussion and Display

Take photographs of the children around the school - in class, in the playground, in the dinner hall - a variety of examples of what it looks like to follow the rules. Ask the children to discuss what is happening in the photos, what might have happened before and after the photos and which rules are being followed. Make a display of rules with photos of the class around them.

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Who makes the rules and what can happen if these rules are broken?

Background Information

All rules are made by somebody, whether it is a parent or a teacher. Rules are made for a reason, usually to make sure that children are kept safe and well and do not get into any trouble.

For rules to work, then it is necessary for someone to be in charge of making sure they are followed and if they are not followed, then something needs to happen to ensure that the rules are not broken again.

Examples

 HomeSchool
Example of rules that existMust be home by 9.30pmMust not drop litter
Who makes the rules?

Parents/Carers

The whole family

Head Teacher

Teachers

School Council

Who makes sure the rules are followed?

Parents/Carers

The whole family

Friends

Neighbours

Head Teacher

Teachers

Pupils

What happens if rules are broken?

 Punishment

Must apologise

Punishment

Must apologise

 

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