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Free Citizenship KS2 Teaching Resources for Primary Teachers

What Children Learn at KS2

The teaching of Citizenship at Key Stage 2 supports children in learning about themselves as individuals with their own ideas. They learn how to make informed choices and take greater responsibility for their behaviour, learning, health and environment. At this stage, children should understand that their choices and behaviour not only affect themselves, but can have local, national and global influence.

During Key Stage 2, children become more mature and engage with more challenging issues. For example: rights and responsibilities in school, the home and within the wider community; what democracy is and the role of voluntary, community and pressure groups. The consequences of anti-social behaviour, such as bullying and racism, are explored and ways in which this can be responded to.

Supporting Children’s Development

These websites support children developing skills, knowledge and understanding within the breadth of study in the current National Curriculum programme of study. Many of the resources are suitable for supporting children’s learning in the ‘Preparing to play an active role as citizens’ strand of the curriculum. Supporting a pupil in the right way can help them become a better person overall.

Areas of Citizenship

Citizenship is a huge subject that covers many different areas. Pupils are asked to focus on themselves, their actions and the actions of those around them.

Crimestoppers Trust has an informative website that can help when teaching about crime. It has images, posters, videos and more, which help teach pupils to be aware of crime, how they can stop it, not to be a part of it and also not to be afraid.

Walk4Life has teacher resources and case studies which can help when making pupils aware about theirs and the community’s lifestyles. They are taught by this site that regular exercise and healthy eating can prolong life and that this site can help plan any walk that teachers, students or parents might want to do.


21 Key Free Teaching Resources

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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The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society

My Life 4 Schools is a FREE KS2 online resource for PSHE/Citizenship and SEAL from The Children’s Society. It covers nine curriculum-linked topics with engaging stories, downloadable activities and detailed lesson plans.

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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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Practical Action

Practical Action

Inspiring resources on sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and global learning

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Download free lesson ideas, people’s stories and images to promote global learning

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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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Countryside Investigators

Countryside Investigators

Engaging new online resource about the countryside - free, curriculum-linked and ready-to-use

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

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Crimestoppers Trust

Crimestoppers Trust

Be Fearless about crime @ – the new youth brand from the crime fighting charity Crimestoppers

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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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Electoral Commission

A politics site for citizenship classes that has resources for different areas of politics, case studies and information in general.

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Trading Standards

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

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Time for Citizenship

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

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Explore Parliament

Lesson plans for KS2, 3 & 4 for History and Citizenship lessons as well as providing games, videos and many more resources.

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The Other 3 Rs

The Other 3 Rs offers a course for KS2 & KS3 Citizenship students that help them learn about responsibility, relationships and respect.

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

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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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Get Set

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

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