KS1 Relationships education: Our Family

In the six short videos in this collection children are introduced to a wide range of family structures, each demonstrating the same love and care for each other.

The videos

Showing respect
When families change and grow
Supporting and helping one another
Caring family networks
Helping out
Two mums

Our Family

These films and related teaching activity ideas are designed to help teachers deliver aspects of statutory Relationships education by exploring and celebrating diverse families and their relationships.

The materials can be integrated into a school’s Relationships education or PSHE scheme of work for KS1 where the focus is on what different families look like, and the characteristics of healthy and happy family relationships.

It is important to show sensitivity and understanding of children’s individual circumstances when using these films and related activities. Please ensure you have viewed the films and read the safe teaching and learning guidance provided in the full Teachers' Notes document before using in the classroom.

Curriculum links

The resource can contribute - either explicitly or implicitly - to the statutory and non-statutory areas of learning in the primary curriculum listed below.

Relationships and health education: statutory guidance

General primary guidance:

  • …the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to...family relationships...
  • ...the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. Drawing attention to these in a range of contexts should enable pupils to form a strong early understanding of the features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security.
  • ...Families of many forms provide a nurturing environment for children. (Families can include for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures.)

Additionally the videos support these areas of learning and objectives that pupils should know by the end of primary school:

Families and people who care for me

  • that families are important for children growing up because they can give love, security and stability.
  • the characteristics of healthy family life, commitment to each other, including in times of difficulty, protection and care for children and other family members.
  • that others’ families, either in school or in the wider world, sometimes look different from their family, but they should all respect those differences and know that other children’s families are also characterised by love and care.
  • that stable, caring relationships, which may be of different types, are all at the heart of happy families, and are important for children’s security as they grow up.

Respectful relationships

  • the importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them (for example, physically, in character, personality or backgrounds), or make different choices or have different preferences or beliefs.
  • practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships.
  • the importance of permission-seeking and giving in relationships with friends, peers and adults.

Being safe

  • how to ask for advice or help for themselves or others, and to keep trying until they are heard.
  • where to get advice - for example, family, school and / or other sources.

Additionally the videos support learning from the non-statutory PSHE programme of study at KS1, including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Mental health

Relationships

  • Families and close positive relationships
  • Respecting self and others

Living in the Wider World

  • Shared responsibilities

Go here for the full Teachers' Notes, written by PSHE and primary education consultant Lucy Marcovitch.