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Ten Meaningful PSHE Questions to Get Primary School Children Thinking and Talking

Primary School Children Discussing Ideas in PSHE Lesson
In primary classrooms, PSHE is like the secret sauce! It's all about helping children grow into fantastic individuals—teaching life skills and how to be responsible. Check out our ten PSHE questions and activities to get learners thinking outside the box!

In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, building a well-rounded development of primary school children goes beyond traditional subject matters. The integration of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is crucial in shaping young minds to become responsible, empathetic, and socially aware individuals. As educators strive to create dynamic and engaging environments, incorporating thoughtful and unique questions into PSHE (SMSC) lessons proves instrumental in sparking meaningful discussions among pupils.

We provide ten questions crafted to delve into important aspects of personal and social development as well as infuse an element of creativity and imagination. Each question, suitable for both KS1 and KS2, is designed to prompt reflection, encourage open dialogue, and stimulate critical thinking. These questions serve as catalysts for conversations that transcend primary classroom boundaries.

With the understanding that young minds are inherently curious and imaginative, this set of questions seeks to tap into those qualities, providing a platform for primary school children to explore diverse topics. The context provided for each question offers guidance for teachers, facilitating seamless integration into PSHE lessons. By nurturing a classroom culture where children feel empowered to express their thoughts and engage in respectful discourse, primary educators can lay the foundation for growth and values.

Each of the ten questions is provided the question, an idea for how to turn this question into an activity and the expected learning outcome. Let’s take a look.

1. Superhero of Kindness

Question: If you could design a superhero who promotes kindness, what powers would they have, and how would they make the world a better place?

Activity Idea: Ask children to imagine they are a comic book artist. Discuss with their peers what powers and abilities the superhero would have to spread kindness and make the world a better place.

Expected Outcome: Develop empathy by recognising the importance of kindness, encouraging children to actively engage in acts of kindness and consider the positive impact on others.

2. Magic Wand Dilemma

Question: Imagine you have a magic wand that can solve one problem in the world. What issue would you choose, and why?

Activity Idea: Pretend children have a magical wand. In your PSHE class, talk about which real-world problem pupils would want to solve with it and explain their choices. Encourage creative and thoughtful responses.

Expected Outcome: Enhance critical thinking skills as pupils contemplate real-world problems, promoting creative problem-solving and fostering a sense of responsibility towards societal issues.

3. Unexpected Kindness

Question: Discuss a time when someone showed you unexpected kindness. How did it make you feel, and what did you learn from that experience?

Activity Idea: Ask the children to share personal stories about moments when someone surprised them with an unexpected act of kindness. Get them to make notes of other children’s stories that they liked the most. Discuss how those moments impacted them and what lessons were learned.

Expected Outcome: Enhanced emotional intelligence through the sharing of personal experiences, leading to increased self-awareness and empathy towards the feelings and experiences of others.

4. Respect Rockstar Award

Question: If you could create a “Respect Rockstar” award, who would you give it to and why?

Activity Idea: Ask your class to brainstorm and discuss who, in their class or school, deserves a special “Respect Rockstar” award for consistently showing respect to others. Ask your pupils to explain the reasons behind their choice.

Expected Outcome: Cultivate respect for others by acknowledging and appreciating positive behaviours, contributing to a respectful classroom environment that values diversity and inclusivity.

5. Teamwork Triumphs

Question: Share a story about a time you worked together with others to accomplish something great. What was the project, and what role did you play?

Activity Idea: Recall a project where children collaborated with their peers. Discuss the project, their roles in the team, and the positive outcomes achieved through teamwork.

Expected Outcome: Foster collaboration and teamwork skills by reflecting on successful group projects, emphasising the importance of cooperation and shared responsibilities in achieving common goals.

6. Healthy Snack Creation

Question: Design your own healthy snack and explain why it’s delicious and good for you.

Activity Idea: Have a class discussion about creating a healthy snack. Encourage pupils to think about nutritious ingredients and how their snacks can contribute to a balanced diet.

Expected Outcome: Improved knowledge of nutrition and the ability to make healthier food choices, promoting lifelong habits of well-balanced and nutritious eating.

7. Animal Conversations

Question: If you could have a conversation with an animal, which one would it be, and what would you talk about?

Activity Idea: Explore the idea of talking to animals. In the PSHE lesson, discuss which animal learners would choose and what topics they would discuss with them, encouraging creativity and empathy.

Expected Outcome: Developed empathy and imaginative thinking as children consider different perspectives, fostering an understanding of the needs and feelings of animals.

8. Overcoming Challenges

Question: Describe a moment when you faced a challenge and persevered. What did you learn from overcoming that obstacle?

Activity Idea: Get the children to share personal stories about facing challenges and persevering. Discuss the emotions experienced during those challenges and the valuable lessons learned.

Expected Outcome: Build resilience and problem-solving skills by sharing stories of overcoming challenges, instilling a growth mindset and encouraging a positive approach to setbacks.

9. Emotional Superhero Team

Question: Create a superhero team where each member represents a different positive emotion. What emotions would they represent, and how would they work together?

Activity Idea: Ask the children to imagine creating a superhero team where each member represents a different positive emotion. Discuss the emotions chosen and how the team could work together to spread positivity.

Expected Outcome: Enhance emotional intelligence by exploring and expressing various positive emotions, promoting self-awareness and understanding of others’ emotions in different situations.

10. Environmentally Friendly Choices

Question: Discuss a time when you were proud of making an environmentally friendly choice. How can we encourage others to make similar choices?

Activity Idea: Ask children to share experiences of making eco-friendly choices. Discuss the impact of those choices and brainstorm ways to encourage others to make similar environmentally conscious decisions.

Expected Outcome: Heightened environmental awareness and commitment to sustainable living, with pupils making informed choices that contribute to a healthier planet.

In the world of teaching, these thoughtful questions light up children’s paths, making important talks happen. By focusing on creativity, kindness, and teamwork, we help primary-aged learners grow not just in school but also in being good people. These questions weave a story of personal growth in our lessons, shaping children into caring and strong individuals. As teachers, using these questions, or similar, will make our class a place where curiosity thrives, and pupils become kind and helpful members of society.

If you like reading this post, you may be interested in Ten Simple Pen and Paper Games and Activities that will Educate Today’s Primary School Children.

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