Schools: Skills for Dialogue lesson plans, primary schools

Welcome to our website where you will find a suite of lesson plans with accompanying films, presentations and worksheets for primary schools. Skills for Dialogue aims to distil 20 years of The Faith & Belief Forum’s knowledge of equipping learners with tools for safe, respectful and meaningful dialogue, perfect for RE/PSHE/RSE primary school teaching.

On this page you will find detailed lesson plans with an accompanying films, presentations and worksheets aimed at years 3, 4, 5, and 6 to enable us to share our expertise and methodologies with education professionals in a scalable and sustainable way.    

Our in-house team of educationalists have created these resources in collaboration with specialist RE teachers.   Each lesson plan has been mapped to the main topics in the English and Welsh curriculum for the following subjects RE, PSHE, RSE and Citizenship .

FEEDBACK: We would love your feedback to help improve our resources. We will soon be adding a form here for feedback, in the meantimreviewed by our expert Education Advisory Committee.   e, any comments or suggestions please contact the F&BF education team on School@faithbeliefforum.org    

Skills for Dialogue

1 BUILDing a Safe Space


This package of lessons will introduce the importance of creating a ‘Safe Space’ with the students, exploring why it is helpful to agree on shared principles when working with a group of people to enable everyone to feel comfortable to participate fully. As a framework, creating a Safe Space allows and encourages recognition of topics and themes that might be sensitive for an individual, group, class, school or community and develops skills to navigate and address these issues in the classroom and beyond.

By creating a class set of principles, using the acronym BUILD and exploring each of the principles in each lesson, the students receive the perfect introduction to enable them to set a respectful safe space to explore issues around identity/world views.

Safe Space lesson plan 1: Creating a Safe Space

Lesson plan 1 (PDF)

Lesson plan 1 presentation (power point)

Table topic cards and charade cards

BUILD poster 

Safe Space lesson plan 2: B is for Being respectful

Lesson plan 2 (PDF)

Lesson plan 2 presentation (power point)

Class Jigsaw activity image or use:

Safe Space lesson plan 3: U is for Understanding each other

Lesson plan 3 (PDF)

Lesson plan 3 presentation (power point)

Back-to-back activity images worksheet

Safe Space lesson plan 4: I is for I speak for myself

Lesson plan 4 (PDF)

Lesson plan 4 presentation (power point)

Generalisations scripts

Safe Space lesson plan 5: L is for Listening with your whole body

Lesson plan 5

Lesson plan 5 presentation (power point)

Repeating back scripts

Safe Space lesson plan 6: D is for Discussing not arguing

Lesson plan 6

Lesson plan 6 presentation (power point)

Discussion anagram worksheet 

2. Identity


Lesson plans, presentations and worksheets on the subject of IDENTITY coming in January 2022! For KS3 versions please go to Skills for Dialogue KS3

Disclaimer: All the online resources and toolkits have been prepared for use within the Schools Programme at F&BF. All F&BF materials are owned by F&BF and should be acknowledged and attributed to F&BF. These materials cannot be used for commercial use, or for delivery beyond this Programme without the permission of F&BF.

Graphic design of lesson plans by Sam Harris. Films by Woven Ink.

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