Key Stage 1 Rights, Rules & Responsibilities

About the Unit
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About the Unit

This unit has been designed to cover work in Year 1 & 2 and has been developed by Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards Service in conjunction with Cambridgeshire PSHE Service and all necessary teaching notes and activities can be accessed via the Ask CEdRIC website.

Making Rules

Children will learn about the meaning of the word 'rule'. They will learn to appreciate, why it is necessary to have rules in our lives and they will focus particularly on rules at home and in school.

They will also start to examine who is responsible for making rules in different situations and what can happen if different rules are not followed. They will consider the issue of fairness and start to think about how they can have their say in some rules that are created.

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Where the Unit fits in

This unit addresses the following aspects of the non-statutory framework for PSHE and citizenship at key stage 1:

Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
Pupils should be taught:

1a to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair and what is right and wrong.

1b to share their opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views

Preparing to play an active role as citizens
Pupils should be taught:

2a to take part in discussions with one other person and the whole class

2c to recognise choices they can make and recognise the difference between right and wrong

2d to agree and follow rules for their group and classroom, and understand how rules help them

2e to realise that people and other living things have needs, and that they have responsibilities to meet them

2f that they belong to various groups and communities, such as family and school

Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
Pupils should be taught:

4a to recognise how their behaviour affects other people

4b to listen to other people and respect their differences and similarities

4c to identify and respect the differences and similarities between people

Breadth of Opportunities
During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through opportunities to:

5a take and share responsibility [for example, for their own behaviour; by helping to make classroom rules and following them; by looking after pets well]

5g consider social and moral dilemmas that they come across in everyday life [for example, aggressive behaviour, questions of fairness, right and wrong, simple political issues, use of money, simple environmental issues.]


Through the activities in this unit, children will be able to understand and use words relating to:

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Ask CEdRIC provides links to all the resources you will need to teach this Unit.

Every suggested teaching area on the teaching plan is linked to:

You may also wish to speak to your own local Trading Standards Department for help and advice on Consumer Education. You can find your local office in the telephone directory or by typing in your School's postcode on the Trading Standards Institute website (

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