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Free Citizenship KS1 Teaching Resources for Primary Teachers

About Citizenship at KS1

The teaching of Citizenship at Key Stage 1 seeks to develop children’s ability to take responsibility for themselves and work successfully alongside others. For example: promoting skills in taking turns, sharing, helping others, recognising right and wrong choices as well as being able to resolve simple differences. This builds on their experiences in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If used in the correct way, television can be a brilliant resource for teachers to use as it has plenty of examples and explanations on how a person should be have and how they shouldn’t. BFI has a downloadable resource that will help teachers when using television as a source.

What Children Develop at this Stage

At Key Stage 1, children develop skills across four strands: Developing confidence and responsibility for themselves; preparing to play an active role as citizens; developing a healthy lifestyle and forming positive relationships with others based on respecting differences. Any child developing these four stands is quite important as it will set them up for a positive life. At KS1 they are introduced to the basics of how to be a good person- how a person should live, behave, act and so forth.


These resources can support children engaging in the current breadth of study in the National Curriculum and developing skills in the above strands. The lesson plans and resources included here also offer opportunities for teachers to not only deliver discrete teaching in this area, but can be used to support cross-curricular teaching and learning with a strong Citizenship dimension.

The RSPCA have some great KS1 Citizenship resources that teachers can use which covers animals, schools, pets, habitats and more. Some come with assemblies, activities and extension tasks which fully engages and teachers the pupils about any key area.

Time for Citizenship has a healthy bank of resources to use in KS1 classes. It covers a variety of topics and provides lesson plans, activities and more.


15 Key Free Teaching Resources



Free teaching resources to help you develop informed, responsible and active citizens.

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Learn With Dogs

Learn With Dogs

Free downloadable resources that include information on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs to help educate the dog owners of tomorrow.

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E-safety Support

E-safety Support

E-safety Support. It is a comprehensive suite of resources developed to help schools to meet Ofsted requirements by delivering a clear strategy that promotes shared (teachers, pupils, parents etc) responsibility for e- safety.

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Link the curriculum to pets in fun and engaging ways with PDSA’s free downloadable lesson plans, videos and interactive games aimed at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 pupils

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Association for Citizenship Teaching

Association for Citizenship Teaching

ACT - the professional association for those involved in citizenship education

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UN World Food Programme

UN World Food Programme

Learn about nutritious school meals and global hunger with the story of a Kenyan school girl named Molly, who can stay in education thanks to the meals she receives at school.

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Check out Sightsavers resources for KS1 and 2. They offer a curriculum linked i:care teachers pack and kids activity sheet; both can be ordered or downloaded for free on their website.

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Oxfam III

Oxfam III provides a great ‘sustainable living board game’ that can be used in Citizenship classes in Primary School.

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Eco Schools

For Citizenship based classes, this site can help schools become economic and teach children how to take responsibility.

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PETA Foundation

Peta Foundation has brilliant resources as it contains videos, posters, images and so much more.

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Trading Standards

Lots of resources for both Primary and Secondary School Citizenship and PSHE classes.

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Get Set

Primary and Secondary resources on the 2012 Olypics for Citizenship, PSHE and MFL.

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Time for Citizenship

A Primary School Citizenship site that offers plenty of resources for classes.

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BFI provides a guide which explains how television can be used to cover Citizenship topics.

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Friends of the Earth

Friends of Earth provide resources for Primary and Secondary School learning based on Environmental Issues, Citizenship and Sustainable Development.

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