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Social Awareness

Social awareness includes key life skills like empathy, compassion and understanding of relationships. A strong sense of social awareness can allow children and young people to accurately read situations and people because they can understand and empathise with their emotions.

Teachers should support pupils to take on the perspective of and empathise with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. They should help them to understand social and ethical norms for behaviour, and to recognise family, school and community resources and supports.

Related key PDMU and LLW curriculum themes:

  • Similarities and Differences
  • Rules, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Learning to Live as Members of the Community.

The Working with Others and Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making strands of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities framework are also relevant.

Primary Resources

Living. Learning. Together.
This comprehensive programme provides seven themed colour-coded units for each primary school year from Year 1 to Year 7 – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It suggests learning activities and methodologies for teachers. Each coloured unit identifies a PDMU statutory requirement and curriculum theme that is developed through suggested learning activities. The blue, indigo and violet units are particularly useful for this topic.

Thematic Units
The units below can help primary pupils to develop social awareness skills:

  • Celebrations and Good Times (Years 3 and 4)
  • My Place and Yours (Years 3 and 4)
  • Being and Belonging (Year 5)
  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Years 6 and 7).

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities Storybooks: Wise Up and Think: Book 5 – Keep Going, Brenda
This resource encourages primary pupils to think about the importance of seeking out help and taking advice from others to achieve a goal.

Stepping Out
These resources for primary pupils encourage them to explore diversity and positive interaction with and respect for others.

Relationships and Sexuality Education Guidance: Primary
This guidance outlines Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) issues and provides a context for how and why primary schools should address them. It also helps schools create a meaningful RSE policy, and helps principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations. See our Relationships and Sexuality Education hub for guidance and resources on specific RSE topics.

Understanding Homelessness
Education plays a vital role in raising awareness and equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and resilience to avoid homelessness. This resource aims to empower the next generation of young people to take action to prevent homelessness in the future. It caters for Key Stages 1 to 4, providing lessons and activities to support you to teach pupils about local and broader issues of homelessness in an age-appropriate way.

Post-Primary Resources

Insync
Insync explores Personal Development issues at Years 8, 9 and 10. Specific themes – Feelings and Emotions, Managing Influences and Making Decisions, and Self-Concept – address the messages associated with positive mental health.

Active Citizenship
Active Citizenship links to the Local and Global Citizenship and Drama components of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4. These resources examine topics such as democracy and lawfulness, the impact of organised crime and paramilitaries, and how pupils can make a positive contribution to their community and society.

Relationships and Sexuality Education Guidance: Post-Primary
This guidance outlines Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) issues and provides a context for how and why post-primary schools should address them. It also helps schools create a meaningful RSE policy, and helps principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations. See our Relationships and Sexuality Education hub for guidance and resources on specific RSE topics.

Understanding Homelessness
Education plays a vital role in raising awareness and equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and resilience to avoid homelessness. This resource aims to empower the next generation of young people to take action to prevent homelessness in the future. It caters for Key Stages 1 to 4, providing lessons and activities to support you to teach pupils about local and broader issues of homelessness in an age-appropriate way.

Special Educational Needs: Severe/Moderate Learning Difficulties Resources

For learners with cognitive learning difficulties, the following thematic units focus on developing understanding of personal development at an appropriate level.

To Be Me: Thematic Units
These units for primary aged learners support teachers in the planning, teaching and assessing of Personal Development and Mutual Understanding within the curriculum.

Post-Primary LLW Units
This range of LLW units for post-primary aged learners allows them to explore some of the issues and challenges that will face them as independent adults.

Primary, Post-Primary and SEN Resources

Relationships and Sexuality Education
Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) helps children and young people acquire knowledge, understanding and skills, and develop attitudes, beliefs and values about sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. Effective RSE, which is taught in a sensitive and inclusive manner, encourages children and young people to value themselves as individuals and to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives.