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Key Stage 2PSHE Knowledge OrganiserDecision Making and RiskRelationships EducationPSHEYear 3
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Here are five ready-to-use Online Safety KS2 lessons, designed by ex-teachers, to help you teach your Year 3 class how to be responsible consumers of online content as well as manage relationships online. You may also be interested in our other PSHE schemes for KS1 and KS2 within the 'Decision Making and Risk' strand.

A Knowledge Organiser is available to support the learning in this scheme. It is included in the Complete Series download or can be purchased individually. 


These lessons will help your Year 3 class become Savvy Surfers as they are asked to reflect on their use of the internet and their time spent online. Whether they are using the internet for homework or socialising, this set of five lessons will allow your class to reflect on their online behaviour and the positive and negative consequences of their actions.

Containing all you need, this ready-to-teach lesson pack is the perfect way to engage your Year 3 class with online safety. Each lesson comes with a detailed lesson plan, PDF lesson slides as well as all the accompanying printable resources.


Do you know how much time you spend online? How many activities in your day involve using the Internet? Start this unit by asking the children to reflect on their use of the internet and how much time they spend online.

Does your class know the difference between watching a DVD and streaming a film? Do any of the games they play require them to be connected to the internet? Begin making connections between the different activities the children may do and how the internet has become such an integral part of everyone's everyday life. Can the children discuss any rules that they may already know for being online?

This first lesson of Savvy Surfers contains a detailed lesson plan, PDF lesson slides as well as all the printable resources you will need to support your children's learning and reflections on how they use the internet every day.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Internet rules cards
  • Sorting sheet
  • Group sheet

In this lesson, the children will explore how the results from a search engine are presented to them. They will discuss how their digital footprint can affect the different kinds of results they might get when using a search engine. Discuss the way search engines might rank a result based on popularity, location, relevant information, and other factors with our digital footprints.

Challenge the children to become search engines themselves and present different search results to people's digital footprints. Can they rank the different search results based on their relevance to the person's online data?

This Online Safety Year 3 lesson comes complete with a detailed lesson plan, PDF teaching slides and printable resources, giving you everything you need to teach a fun and engaging PSHE lesson.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Digital footprint cards
  • Search result cards

Does your class know how to choose reliable and accurate information from their online searches? This lesson allows your class the opportunity to hone this skill and take away a list of websites that are generally seen as containing accurate and reliable information for their future research projects.

Discuss how we might make judgements about a website based on the website's author, how recently the information was written and the websites design and layout. The children will also practise checking the information against other website's to make sure it is correct across multiple sources.

This Online Safety Year 3 lesson helps give your class the skills to research and learn from online sources. The lesson comes fully resourced with PDF lesson slides, printable resources for the differentiated activities and a detailed lesson plan.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Game cards
  • Venn diagram sheet
  • Source cards
  • Checklist
  • Worksheet

In this penultimate lesson, children will consider what makes a good friend, and how to transfer that knowledge to being a good friend online. Children will think about different types of friendships and how these are different in person to online relationships.

Children will be challenged to consider what is respectful and disrespectful behaviour online and how to navigate these situations effectively. Can children think about what might have happened before to lead to someone making unkind comments online? How can the problem be solved?

This Online Safety Year 3 lesson comes complete with a detailed lesson plan, PDF teaching slides and printable resources to engage children in managing their relationships online.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Sorting sheets
  • Planning sheets

This final lesson aims to consolidate your class's knowledge about the risks and benefits to being online. The children have the opportunity to identify benefits and risks around different online activities and then discuss the solutions or ways to prevent the risks from happening.

This final lesson offers a broad view of different online risks and ways to combat them at an age-appropriate level.

Containing a detailed lesson plan, PDF lesson slides as well as all the printable resources you need, this KS2 Online Safety lesson is ready-to-teach!

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Agony aunt cards
  • Advice prompts
  • Differentiated worksheets

This Year 3 PSHE Knowledge Organiser has been created to complement our PSHE Decision Making and Risk strand. It is designed to support your children’s understanding of key vocabulary linked to this scheme of work. A thinking question and a big idea have been included to encourage your children to think deeply about this topic.

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Curriculum Objectives covered

Caring friendships objectives:

  • the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties

Respectful relationships objectives:

  • about different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders (primarily reporting bullying to an adult) and how to get help
  • the importance of permission-seeking and giving in relationships with friends, peers and adults

Online relationships objectives:

  • that people sometimes behave differently online, including by pretending to be someone they are not
  • that the same principles apply to online relationships as to face-to-face relationships, including the importance of respect for others online including when we are anonymous
  • the rules and principles for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how to report them
  • how to critically consider their online friendships and sources of information including awareness of the risks associated with people they have never met
  • how information and data is shared and used online

Being Safe objectives:

  • what sorts of boundaries are appropriate in friendships with peers and others (including in a digital context)
  • about the concept of privacy and the implications of it for both children and adults; including that it is not always right to keep secrets if they relate to being safe
  • how to recognise and report feelings of being unsafe or feeling bad about any adult

Mental wellbeing objectives:

  • that bullying (including cyberbullying) has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing.

Internet safety and harms objectives:

  • that for most people the internet is an integral part of life and has many benefits.
  • about the benefits of rationing time spent online, the risks of excessive time spent on electronic devices and the impact of positive and negative content online on their own and others’ mental and physical wellbeing.
  • how to consider the effect of their online actions on others and know how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online and the importance of keeping personal information private.
  • why social media, some computer games and online gaming, for example, are age restricted.
  • how to be a discerning consumer of information online including understanding that information, including that from search engines, is ranked, selected and targeted.
  • where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online.

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