Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 6

Martial failure

Week 4

Subject: Social studies

Topic: Martial failure

Duration: 40 mins

Reference: Easy way to social studies for primary schools book 6

Previous knowledge: Pupils are familiar with inter marriage

Objective: At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

  1. Define marital failure
  2. State reasons for marital failure
  3. Lists ways for preventing marital failure


Marital failure is the inability of a husband and a wife to live together. It is also called marital breakdown.

Reasons for marital failure

  1. Infidelity/unfaithfulness: this is a situation where either the husband or the wife is having extra marital sexual relationship.
  2. Childlessness: this is a situation where a couple is unable to produce children of their own.
  3. Intolerance: a husband and a wife are people who come from different backgrounds. Each has his/her own peculiar habits which may not be tolerated by the other.
  4. Financial challenges: some couple become less patients and less tolerant as they are unable to meet their financial needs.
  5. Disrespect
  6. Family interference: unnecessary interference by members of the extended family sometimes leads to dispute and marriage failures.

Effects of marital failures

  1. Destruction of inter family unity
  2. Unhappiness between the couple

Ways of preventing marital failure

  1. Faithfulness
  2. Respect
  3. Tolerance
  4. Trust


Step I: Teacher revises previous lesson with pupils

Step II: Teacher introduces and explains new topic to pupils

Step III: Pupils are allowed to ask questions

Step IV: Teacher writes notes on the board for pupils.


  1. Define marital failure
  2. List and explain four reasons for the breakdown of marriage
  3. List three ways of preventing marriage failure

Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.

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