Key Stage 2: Lessons

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Browse our cross-curricular lessons linked to PSHE and Citizenship to develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning. Lessons are available to purchase in bundles by theme, year group or by creating your own bundle. Like what you see? Subscribe as an individual or as a school for additional tools, support and training options – and make a saving!

Lesson Bundles by Theme

Below are a list of bundles available by theme. Click the ‘view’ link to view the lessons that are included in the bundle.

Each bundle contains 6 lessons. Each lesson consists of an editable PowerPoint presentation and a document containing learning objectives, key vocabulary and some suggested activities.

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Lesson Bundles by Year Group

Below are a list of bundles available by theme. Click the ‘view’ link to view the lessons that are included in the bundle.

Each bundle contains 6 lessons. Each lesson consists of an editable PowerPoint presentation and a document containing learning objectives, key vocabulary and some suggested activities.

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Build your own bundle

Build your own bundle by selecting any 6 lessons. Each lesson consists of an editable PowerPoint presentation and a document containing learning objectives, key vocabulary and some suggested activities. You can mix lessons from KS1 and KS2 in the same bundle. To switch key stages, use the links on the menu top left of the page.

To get started, browse the lesson descriptions below, click ‘Add lesson’ for each lesson you wish to add to your bundle.

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Animal Care: Creature Kindness

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This lesson looks at the advantages and disadvantages of pet ownership, the importance of taking care of animals and the work of animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA.

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Art

Learning Activities
•    Listing the advantages and disadvantages of owning a pet
•    Designing a leaflet for Dog’s Trust

 

Belonging to Groups

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This lesson invites children to think about the groups we belong to and how they support us. It provides ideas on how to generate a discussion on the positive and negative aspects of groups and anti bullying strategies. It also provides opportunities for team roles and tasks.

Cross curricular links: Literacy, DT

Learning Activities
•    Create an Anti-Bullying tree
•    Construct a newspaper bridge
•    Find out the importance of the ‘bigger picture’

 

Bereavement: Treasured Memories

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This lesson helps children understand how to deal with their feelings after the death of someone they cared for. It also suggests activities for children to do in school on the occasion of the death of a pupil or adult associated with the school.

Cross curricular links: RE, Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Description of the emotion and journey we might experience following the death of someone we care about
•    An allegorical tale to encourage discussion
•    Ideas for whole school coping mechanisms

 

Bullying: Prepare to Stand Up and Stand Out

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This lesson looks at ways in which we differ from each other and how we can develop a positive body image. The children learn about intervention strategies through role play.

Cross curricular links: Literacy (Speaking)

Learning Activities
•    Paired game to find out similarities and differences
•    Bullying interventions- discuss scenarios
•    Discussion: Body image 
•    Identifying ‘bullying hotspots’ and discussing preventative measures 

 

Care for the Elderly: The Grey Years

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This lesson aims to help children understand the process of ageing and what it feels like to be old. It also looks at how charities help older people retain their independence.

Cross curricular links: Drama, Art, Literacy

Learning Activities 
•    Situations to allow children to be more empathetic and understanding of the difficulties sometimes encountered with old age
•    Role play 
•    Poster/leaflet  making on ‘Ways to keep warm at night’

 

Charitable Giving Through History

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This lesson looks at the meaning and history of charity and their role in society both past and present. It looks at the role of the Victorian workhouse and alms houses.  It also explores how the government helps those in need. 

Cross curricular links: History, Numeracy

Learning Activities
•    Discussion to help children understand  why people sometimes need help
•    Hot seating in roles of Victorian Workhouse staff and ‘inmates’
•    Voting on favourite causes and charities 

 

Child Slavery: All for Profit

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This lesson looks at the Unicef Rights of the Child and how children across the world are enslaved or bonded to serve the needs of business.

Cross curricular links: Geography, History

Learning Activities
•    Looking at where items originate from 
•    Using questions as discussion starters
•    Taking a closer look at the Law on Child Labour

 

Children's Needs: Roots and Wings

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This lesson looks at what children need to make the most of their potential and how charities support those in need. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Science

Learning Activities
•    Writing poems about people who care for us
•    Experiment to investigate root growth and the purpose of roots in a plant
•    Considering gifts for a new born baby and developing their ideas through creative poems

 

Clear Thinking - Proverbs and more

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This lesson looks at how clear thinking involves a number of different skills that help us solve problems and make decisions.  It includes examples of proverbs from around the world and how they have guided people over the centuries.

Cross curricular links: Geography, RE, Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Discussion: The requirements for clear thinking
•    Deciphering the meaning of proverbs from around the world
•    The Survival Game- ranking items for survival
•    The Kindness Test - an experiment to test kindness in school

 

Climate and Farming

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This lesson looks at how different climates can affect farming across the world. Children are asked to consider the possible effects of global warming on food production. 

Cross curricular links: Geography, IT, Art

Learning Activities
•    Looking at weather in certain countries and noting how agriculture is weather-dependent . 
•    Researching  weather events in different countries that have appeared on the news and finding out whether charities have come to their aid
•    Hot seating farmers. What aid would be needed and why
•    Discuss ion: The effects of global warming
•    Creating board games to show the plight of the farmer

 

Conscience Corridor

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This lesson is a Speaking and Listening activity which provides an opportunity for children to listen, put forward arguments, and make informed decisions on a number of controversial topics such as whether it is fair to make animals perform in a circus and whether children should be taught in 'sets' by ability or in mixed ability groups.

Cross curricular links: Literacy

 

Culture: The Roma

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This lesson is a celebration of cultural diversity - the similarities which unite us and the differences that enrich us. It takes a particular look at Roma culture. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Art, Drama

Learning Activities
•    Discuss similarities and differences between their own and Roma Culture
•    Circle activity using senses and emotions
•    Drama to highlight the senselessness of bullying someone for being different
•    Creating a collage to represent diversity

 

Democracy

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This lesson is a three part module explaining local, national and European democracy in simple terms. It suggests how children can participate and provides simple definitions for words associated with elections and politics. 

Cross curricular links: History, Literacy, IT

Learning Activities
•    A voting activity.
•    Developing a manifesto for a new party
•    The Suffragettes (Brief History provided)
•    Research the names of local MP’s MEP’s and councillors and display the results in the classroom
•    ‘Whose Problem’ activity – discussion on problems in the community and decisions on who would be responsible 

 

Developing Personal Filters

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This lesson refers to recent surveys that show that most children have been exposed to pornography by the age of nine. The purpose of the lesson is to show them why it is important to develop ‘personal filters’ as protection. Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2.
 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, drama

Learning Activities
•    Discussion: What is personal information? Sharing ideas on how to stay safe online
•    Role play an incident about a child accidentally accessing explicit images
•    Complete a table on Happy Relationships
•    Should the government filter the internet? - role playing a court case

Disaster: Quake

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This lesson demonstrates how individuals can use their particular skills to help in a disaster. It also explains how earthquakes happen. 

Cross curricular links: Geography, Literacy, IT

Learning Activities
•    Put together a shelter kit
•    Write a description of a scene (word bank provided)
•    Research information on the Peace Bridge

 

Disasters: Prevention is Better than Cure

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This lesson explores how some tragedies can be avoided if preventative measures are taken. It uses the 2005 Louisiana hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Tsunami and the Bhopal disaster in India in 1984 as examples. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Geography, History

Learning Activities
•    Paired discussion about accidents the children have experienced
•    Making an assessment of risks around school
•    Discussion:  When is there a need to take risks?
•    Making a safety leaflet

 

Discussion Scenarios: Dizzy Dilemmas

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This lesson is a series of nine personal and social dilemmas children might come across in real life. It provides opportunities for open-ended discussion, suitable for Circle Time, and asks children what they would do in a similar situation.

Emergency

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This lesson describes how the emergency services operate. It also explains the role of the volunteer and how to administer basic First Aid in situations such as nose bleed and bee sting. The lesson includes a video containing interviews with the staff of Kent Air Ambulance, and an electronic First Aid quiz.

Cross curricular links: Health and Safety, Literacy 

Learning Activities
•    Prepare a presentation for the younger children to educate them on keeping safe in certain locations e.g. the beach
•     Complete a quiz relating to the video about Kent Air Ambulance

 

Equal Opportunities

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This lesson is about the meaning of equal opportunities and the nature of prejudice. It gives examples of groups that may suffer from discrimination. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, IT, Art

Learning Activities
•    Discussion: What qualities to look for in a friend
•    Story writing
•    Researching charities that support groups of people who are discriminated against
•    Designing an equal opportunities logo
•    Creating a cartoon to illustrate an unfair situation

 

Fact Files

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This lesson provides a concise file of interesting facts about caring and generosity to encourage further research.

Cross curricular links: IT

 

Fairtrade: Have a Banana

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This lesson explores how Fairtrade can create a more equal market for the independent producer. It also includes the health giving properties of a banana. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Drama

Learning Activities
•    Compare independent farmers and big producers
•    Persuasive letter writing exercise (support for differentiation provided)
•    Hot seating/role play activity

 

Family Break Up: My Mum Doesn't Live Here Any More

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This lesson is designed to help children cope with family break up. It is delivered in a cartoon format using Go-Giver character Callum’s personal experience  to explain what can happen when mums and dads don’t get along anymore. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Drama, History (timeline)

Learning Activities
•    Discussion: Different types of families and the changes that can occur in families
•    Folding activity to show the value of good communication
•    Puppet show script
•    Timeline to show family changes
•    Discussion: Different techniques for managing anger.

 

Famous Philanthropists

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This lesson looks at how some successful business people have donated large sums of money to charitable causes. It asks children to consider the things that enrich/impoverish our lives.

Cross curricular links: Numeracy, IT Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Calculating the percentage of income given to charity
•    Discussion around philanthropy 
•    Group research and presentation on a chosen philanthropist 

 

For & Against: Where Do You Stand?

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This lesson provides a number of issues on which children are asked to think about where they stand. They will be supported in learning how to express their views and listen to different points of view before making up their mind on important issues. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Discussion using situations provided
•    Writing a letter to a political representative
•    Finding out what an activist does

 

Freedom Bird and the Arab Uprisings

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Black history in the making! This lesson starts with an allegorical tale about freedom, and develops into a simple overview of the Arab uprisings. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Discussion to draw out comparisons
•    A closer look at how we display emotions and feelings using our facial and body movements
•    Writing about  the meaning of freedom
•    Making a list of needs according to Glasser’s headings
•    Drawing and labelling a human rights tree
•    Listing freedoms according to age

 

Gandhi: Great Soul

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This lesson is about the life of Mahatma Gandhi and how he brought about change by peaceful means; one man’s campaign to overcome racism and injustice. 

Cross curricular links: History, Drama

Learning Activities
•    Role play scenarios
•    Discussion: Racism and the law
•    Thinking about how to ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’

 

Gifts and Opportunities

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This lesson looks at how we can make our lives happier by working towards meaningful goals. It is suitable for the New Year when making resolutions, and when considering goal setting. 

Cross curricular links: History, Literacy, IT

Learning Activities
•    Discussion: What makes people happy
•    Role models
•    Writing new year’s resolutions
•    Visualisation
•    Research: Roman Gods

 

Go-Givers Community Centre

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This lesson explores how people have different needs and how these needs can be met by their community. It encourages children to think of others, and how to accommodate their requirements using the Go-Givers characters as examples. 

Cross curricular links: Geography, Numeracy, Literacy

Learning Activities
•    Discussing the needs of all the characters
•    Designing a leaflet
•    Paired discussion on success criteria

 

Hard Times

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This lesson explores the causes and effects of hard times. It helps children understand the meaning of ‘recession’ and ‘interest' and encourages children to re-use in order to save money. 

Cross curricular links: Numeracy

Learning Activities
•    Working out interest rates
•    Thinking about how we could re-use old things
•    Carrying out a survey of shops in the area

 

Healthcare: Improving Life Chances

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This lesson explores how life expectancy is increased with better medical care and how charities are working to improve healthcare in developing countries. Includes video interview with British-Nigerian singer, actress and artist, Patti Boulaye, who set up a charity to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in African countries. 

Cross curricular links: Numeracy

Learning Activities
•    Interpreting data about life expectancy in different countries 
•    Making decisions about heath care priorities in Zambia
•    Discussion: National Health Service doctor shortage 

 

History of the Olympics

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This lesson explores the origins of the Olympic Games. The Learning Activities delve further into the rivalry between the Spartans and Athenians, and invite a debate about the relative merits of brains and brawn. 

Cross curricular links: History, Literacy, Numeracy

Learning Activities
•    Grecian Art
•    Dialogue between an Athenian and a Spartan
•    Debate: Is brain better than brawn?
•    Researching children’s questions about the ancient Olympics (suggestion given) and creating a PowerPoint in pairs.

 

Homophobia: Respecting All Our Differences

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This lesson takes the form of an animated story involving Go-Givers character Anna who is being called ‘gay’ because she plays football and doesn’t like wearing dresses. The story addresses the issue of homophobic bullying, and explores different kinds of families. This lesson has been approved by the Stonewall education team.
 

Cross-curricular links: maths (statistics)

Learning Activities:
•    Conducting a bullying survey 
•    Looking at words ‘with a sting in their tail’
•    Identifying what is unique about each of us

Identities

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This lesson explores the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped the heritage of people living in Britain today. It asks children to think about their own identities and the different groups they belong to using a poem to encourage curiosity about similarities and differences. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: history, geography, literacy, art

Learning Activities:
•    Making Chinese red envelopes
•    Creating geometric Kente cloth designs and Islamic patterns
•    Researching places of pilgrimage
•    Creating a class recipe book to reflect different cultural influences
•    Exploring the concept of prejudice 

 

Immigration: Coming to Britain

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This lesson gives a potted history of the people who have come to live in Britain from the Celts, Romans and Vikings to the migrant workers from Eastern Europe and people fleeing conflicts and poverty today. The lesson includes a video interview with a Kent headteacher originally from the Punjab region of India.

Cross-curricular links: history, geography, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Comprehension questions linked to the video interview
•    Role play scenarios to explore how it feels to be a newcomer
•    Investigating words from other countries adopted into the English language 

 

Independence for Scotland?

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This lesson focuses on the make up of the UK, the history of the union (including the creation of the Union Jack from the flags of the different countries) and the question of Scottish independence. It explores the issues of loyalty and patriotism.

Cross-curricular links: history, geography, art and design

Learning Activities:
•    Reading the story of Robert the Bruce
•    Creating own cartoons about a triumph after repeated failures
•    Finding out about tartan and creating their own tartan designs
•    Exploring where our loyalties lie, what does this have in common with others?

 

It's A Good News Day!

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Examine the local and national press for good news stories about kindness and giving.

Keeping Safe in Cyberspace

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This lesson explores the dangers of sharing personal information on the internet through situations involving the Go-Givers characters. It focuses on why bullying via social media and mobile phones is particularly harmful and how children can protect themselves from the various forms of cyber-bullying. 

Cross-curricular links: IT, drama

Learning Activities:
•    True or false quiz about interacting with people via social media 
•    Making posters about internet safety rules
•    Role play scenarios involving cyber-bullying

"A well structured and comprehensive powerpoint about cyber bullying with a good selection of related learning activities."

This resource has been recommended by the TES Resource Team for its relevance to the 2014 National Curriculum.

 

Knife Crime: Shielding from Harm

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This lesson explores knife crime in the news and tries to put frightening headlines into perspective. It also explains what the law says about carrying knives and gives tips on how children can keep themselves, and others, safe and stand up to peer pressure. 


Cross-curricular links: literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Role play scenarios
•    Creating a leaflet about keeping safe
•    Developing a personal timeline showing important milestones in the past and goals for the future.

Magna Carta

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This lesson explores the concepts of fairness and justice and how the Magna Carta is the foundation for equality before the law in the UK. 

Cross-curricular links: history

Learning Activities:
•    researching people who fought for justice
•    finding out about our system of jury service 
•    writing own Queen's Speech

 

Mali

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A lesson exploring history, culture and religion in the fascinating country of Mali, including how the community works together to keep the Great Mosque of Djenné in good repair. 

Cross-curricular links: geography, history, art and design, RE, science (materials)

Learning Activities: 
•    co-operative games 
•    making adobe bricks
•    learning about the customs of the Dogon people

 

Martin Luther King: Sacrificing All for the Dream

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This lesson looks at discrimination against African Americans in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement and how Martin Luther King achieved change through peaceful protest. It also explores the nature of prejudice and racism and includes a link to the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Cross-curricular links: history

Learning Activities:
•    experiment to explore unequal treatment of different groups
•    discussion about how children deal with incidents of teasing

 

Mary Seacole & Florence Nightingale: Pioneering Nurses

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This lesson tells the story of how Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale overcame prejudice to help others and explores how discrimination can prevent people from making a full contribution to society. The lesson also helps children understand the importance of good hygiene, particularly in hospitals.
 

Cross-curricular links: science, history

Learning Activities:
•    Crossword to recall facts in the story 
•    Science experiment to test the effectiveness of different methods of hand washing

 

 

Mediation: Resolving Conflict

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This lesson explores how conflicts can be resolved by looking at things fairly, listening carefully and trying to stand in the other person’s shoes. It also looks at how mediators can help negotiate solutions that can be agreed to by both parties.

Cross-curricular links: literacy, art and design

Learning Activities:
•    Learning and practising mediation skills
•    Writing own story in the style of ‘The Short Tale of a Lemon’ to illustrate sharing and negotiation
•    Creating silhouette designs

 

Meet the Go-Givers

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This lesson introduces the 8 Go-Givers characters. Children will learn about their likes and dislikes as well as their worries and fears.

Cross-curricular links: literacy, music

Learning Activities:
•    Quiz
•    Tips for overcoming fears and making friends
•    Game to practice risk taking
•    Creating soundscapes

 

Microorganisms

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This lesson looks at microorganisms and explores how some can be helpful, while others are harmful. It also teaches children about the importance of good hygiene. 

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:
•    Experiment to grow bacteria
•    Making soap
•    Demonstrating how germs spread
•    Experiment to show effect of handwashing
•    Experiment to show why some food is kept in the fridge
•    Finding out about Edward Jenner and Alexander Flemming

 

Mind the Gap: Between Developed and Developing Countries

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This lesson take the form of a global quiz that explores some interesting world facts, introduces children to the Millennium Development Goals and highlights the gap between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries. 

Cross-curricular links: geography, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Exploring the Millennium Development Goals
•    Poetry from the perspective of a child living in the developing world

 

Mo Farah

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This lesson takes us on Mo's amazing journey from Somalia to the London Olympics in 2012and explores the secrets of his success. 

Cross-curricular links: geography

Learning Activities:
•    Finding their own special talents
•    Goal setting
•    Imagining how it feels to be a refugee

'We rate this a 5 star - it brought tears to my eyes just reading and preparing for my lesson.  The children listened attentively - not a single behaviour issue - every child felt inspired and got all questions correct in their comprehension.'

 

Moral Values: When is Enough Enough?

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This lesson explores how minor offences, such as taking things that don’t belong to us, can lead to more serious behaviour through a series of scenarios involving the Go-Givers character Teefa. It aims to illustrate how our moral values can be gradually eroded. For upper KS2 children the theme can be extended into a wider context, the moral values of a government and a nation - in this case Nazi Germany, exploring how small acts against Jewish people eventually led to the holocaust. 

Cross-curricular links: history

Learning Activities:
•    Discussion about stealing
•    Writing stories about small acts of unkindness turning into bullying
•    Discussion about Hilter and the holocaust
•    Learning about Anne Frank

 

Nelson Mandela

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This lesson explores Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid in South Africa. It considers different points of view about famous people in history and concludes that struggles for freedom are not necessarily peaceful. 

Cross-curricular links: geography, history, literacy (drama & poetry)

Learning Activities:
•    Sorting apartheid signs
•    Considering similarities and differences and how people are sometimes grouped by characteristics such as skin colour or hair colour 
•    Hot seating to explore different points of view in a story about discrimination
•    Creative writing from the point of view of a black South African during apartheid

 

Occupy London Stock Exchange

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This lesson tells the story of the protests outside St Paul’s cathedral in London during 2011, about the banking system and economic inequality in the wake of the financial crash. It is suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: RE, maths, financial awareness

Learning Activities: 
•    Discussion about the right to peaceful protest
•    Debate about economic inequality,’ fair’ wages and taxes
•    Working out how much tax different people would pay

 

Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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This lesson explores the environmental, social and financial impact of the 2010 oil spill. It looks at efforts to contain the oil and the massive clean-up operation to try and save some of the wildlife and habitats affected by the spill. It is suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: science, design and technology, environmental awareness

Learning Activities:
•    Exploring the advantages and disadvantaged of alternative energy sources
•    Making model electric cars

 

Opposites Game

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A card game, played like snap, to familiarise pupils with words related to citizenship and their opposites. Can also be used to explore antonyms, prefixes and suffixes in literacy.

Our Interconnected World

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This lesson explores how events in one part of the world can have a global impact, taking the examples of the war in Syria, the Ebola crisis and fluctuating oil prices. It is suitable for upper KS2. 

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, Geography, Art, IT

Learning Activities:
•    An investigation of where in the world everyday items are made
•    Writing a plea for peace to the General Secretary of the UN
•    Developing an illustrated pamphlet entitled ‘WHO Cares’ after looking at the work of the WHO
•    Creating posters from metaphors

Linked assembly: 
This assembly uses the example of the villagers of Eyam, and a nurse who volunteered her services to fight Ebola in West Africa, to show how real generosity involves putting the needs of others before our own.

 

Peer Pressure: It's Your Choice

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A lesson to explore peer group pressure based around a short story involving the Go-Givers character Teefa who is being encouraged by her friends to engage in risky or anti-social behaviour. It also addresses role models, road safety and the need for rules. Suitable for lower KS2.

Cross-curricular links: literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Writing nonsense ‘rules’ poems
•    Learning the Green Cross Code
•    Identifying role models

 

Photo Captions

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This lesson explores how a caption can positively, or negatively, influence how we interpret a photograph and how the media presents information.

Cross-curricular links: literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Recognising and challenging stereotypes

 

Pollution: Cleaning Up Our Air

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This lesson explores the causes of global warming and its effects on our planet. It looks at the gases that make up our atmosphere, explains the ‘greenhouse effect’ and looks sustainable energy solutions and reducing our emissions.

Cross-curricular links: geography, history, science

Learning Activities: 
•    Testing the ‘greenhouse effect’
•    Learning about the smog in London in 1839
•    Exploring different energy solutions
•    Researching what their local authority is doing to ensure cleaner air – what laws are there about air quality?

 

Puberty: Don't Make Your Best Friend have to tell you!

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This lesson explores how bodies change at puberty, focusing on changes to skin, hair and hormones that cause body odour, meaning that good personal hygiene is more important during, and following, adolescence. 

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:
•    Role play scenarios to practice talking sensitively to a friend about something related to their personal appearance or body odour

 

 

Quick Quest

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This resource is a presentation with some ‘starter’ facts about ten different people, institutions and organisations that have changed society in some way with suggested questions for further research. Each of the ten mini research assignments might be used as a homework activity.

Quotathon

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After studying the Worldly Wisdoms composing quotations based in issues explored on this website.

Respect

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This lesson explores the nature of respect. It considers respect for oneself, respect for others, respect in sport and respect for the environment. Suitable for all of KS2.

Cross-curricular links: PE, art and design

Learning Activities: 
•    Making ‘respect’ button badges
•    Discussion about how to make the school more respectful
•    Tips on how to respect your body

 

Rights & Responsibilities: Freedom!

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This lesson explores our right to freedom, and how this right comes with responsibilities towards others. It also tells the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture’s fight for freedom from slavery for the people of Haiti. It asks children consider if they have ever had their freedom taken away, even for a short time, and how this felt. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: history, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Researching other freedom fighters in history
•    Creative writing about what they would miss if they lost their freedom

 

Rights & Responsibilities: Getting the Balance Right

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This lesson explores how rules and laws help keep the balance between our rights and the rights of others by looking at the examples of privacy and free speech.  It includes a video of an interview with Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.

Cross-curricular links: literacy, art and design

Learning Activities:
•    Writing a cautionary tale
•    Designing posters
•    Hotseating

 

Rio Meets Callum

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This lesson is suitable for KS1 and KS2. The story introduces a new Go-Givers character, Rio, a spirited, partially sighted monkey. He is on his way to collect a large print book from the post office when he bumps into Callum. The PowerPoint includes a full narration. The lesson plans have been especially developed by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). 

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    A quiz
•    Work on definitions
•    How environments can be adapted for the blind and partially sighted
•    Link to a film that introduces children to the reading difficulties faced by people with little or no vision.

 

Riots of Summer 2011

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An important lesson for upper KS2 that will help children debate and make sense of the events of August 2011. It also has current relevance to gang crime. The PowerPoint explores the possible underlying reasons for the unrest, what happened, the terrible toll, as well as the positive outcomes. It explores the issue of crime and punishment and the role of government.

Learning Activities:
•    Writing using ‘emotion’ cards
•    Empathy role play
•    ‘It’s not easy to say no’. Peer pressure discussion and role play
•    Cautionary tales
•    Role models 
•    Scapegoating

 

Rules

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This lesson explores the purpose and importance of rules and offers suggestions as to how to make and display class ‘Ground Rules’. It is suitable for lower KS1.

Saving the Rainforest

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It offers a cross-curricular approach to learning about the geography, natural history and environmental issues related to the rainforest. It looks at the effects of its destruction on humans and animals. The lesson also includes information on charities linked to saving the rainforest. It is suitable for Lower KS1 upwards. 

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, art, science

Learning Activities:
•    Poetry writing
•    Painting in the style of Henri Rousseau
•    Simple introduction of the carbon cycle
•    Ideas to encourage social action.

 

Scapegoat

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This lesson explores how stereotyping can lead to groups of people becoming scapegoats for the ills in our society. The PowerPoint begins with a story featuring Go-Givers character Ahmeti, the goat, which is suitable for Lower KS2 upwards. The later slides show examples of how media bias can contribute to Islamophobia – prejudice against Muslims. These would be suited to Upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy 

Learning Activities:

•    Circle time activity to examine our own attitudes.
•    Adding Positive and negative captions to recognise the power of the media.
•    Researching aspects of Islam

Schools are for Learning

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What would the children’s ultimate school look like? This lesson gives children an opportunity to consider the changes they would make to their education, including creative ideas! It is suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Art 

Learning Activities:
•    Designing a school logo
•    Researching education in other countries.
•    Educational Charities. How donations might be spent.

 

Secondary Transfer: From the Biggest to the Smallest

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This transition lesson for Year 6 helps children to prepare for secondary school. Follow Teefa as she organises herself and gets ready for the first day, considers how to keep safe, and sets herself goals.

Cross-curricular links: Design Technology 

Learning Activities:
•    Designing school bags
•    Resisting peer pressure
•    Developing study habits

 

Sharing Ideas: Network

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This lesson provides an example of how the people in one community in India support each other by sharing ideas and resources. It is suitable for upper and lower KS2.

Cross-curricular Links: Design Technology, Literacy

Learning Activities: 
•    Designing products to overcome specific difficulties
•    Discussion: the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork.

 

Should Adults be Allowed to Smack Children?

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From this lesson children will find out what the law says about smacking. It provides an opportunity for children to express their views on a topical issue. Suitable for upper and lower KS2.

Learning Activities: 
•    Voting
•    Discussion about:
o    other methods of punishment
o    changing attitudes towards smacking.

 

Statistical Snippets

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This is a collection of interesting statistics that highlight global inequalities to provoke discussion in the classroom. Most suitable for upper KS2.

Stephen Lawrence: The Long Search for Justice

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This lesson for upper KS2 looks at how we use our discrimination, and how discrimination can be socially harmful. The PowerPoint sets out how the parents of Stephen Lawrence went about achieving justice for their son.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Experiment: They’re all the same 
•    A story illustrating the nature of prejudice
•    Discussion about discrimination

 

Stressed Out

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This lesson for lower KS2 upwards aims to help children understand the situations that cause stress, and to recognise and deal with stress in themselves and others. It accentuates the importance of sharing and listening.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, art

Learning Activities:
•    Metaphors
•    Expressing feelings through art
•    Guidelines for good listening

 

Strong Societies

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This lesson addresses the questions ‘What is a society?’ and ‘What makes a strong society?’  It explains how laws, taxes and charities contribute to our well-being, and suggests how we can be responsible citizens. The benefits of society are shown through a cartoon story. This lesson is suitable for all KS2, some elements for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: History, science

Learning Activities:
•    Ant societies
•    Intersection experiment
•    Societies of the past

 

Sustainable Development

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The PowerPoint consists of a pictorial quiz, with photos representing environmental problems and solutions.  This lesson is suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: science, geography

Learning Activities:
•    Water usage homework activity
•    School audit and creation of a sustainability plan

 

Terrorism

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This lesson explores what terrorism means, what terrorists do, and why. Children are asked to consider acts of terror in recent and not so recent history, and to think about why one person’s ‘terrorist’ can sometimes be another person’s ‘freedom fighter’. It is suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: history

Learning Activities:
•    Peaceful ways of bringing about change
•    A Pelmanism game (being observant)
•    How to Keep safe

 

The Benefits System

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This lesson is a reminder that the benefits system is a safety net that is used by us all in times of need. The PowerPoint poses a number of questions on contentious issues to stimulate discussion. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: critical thinking

Learning Activities:
•    Feelings timeline
•    Vote on benefit cut options
•    Avoiding misconceptions

 

The Earth in Our Hands

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This lesson explores how the actions of human beings are destroying our Earth, and looks at how we can reduce our carbon footprint: using less energy, reducing carbon emissions, saving water, re-using and re-cycling.  It is suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:
•    Crossword
•    Photosynthesis experiment
•    Research into renewable energy
•    Carbon footprint homework activity
•    Designing leaflets/posters
 

Linked assembly: 
The children are reminded of the extraordinary number of species in the world. However, some animals are endangered and people are largely responsible for this. The children are asked to consider what they can do to support animal life.

 

The Food Shortage

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This lesson for upper KS2 asks the questions: What has caused the food shortage? Who is suffering? What can we do about it? It tackles various issues including the growing population, bio-fuels and changing diets.

Cross-curricular links: science, design technology

Learning Activities:
•    Collecting recipes that use left-over food
•    An erosion experiment
•    A solar challenge

 

The GAP Exposed!

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In this lesson children are asked to empathise with victims of child labour working in the clothing industry in India. It is suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Geography

Learning Activities:
•    Research into companies that manufacture their goods abroad, and whether they have any rules about how the workforce should be treated.

This lesson links with the lesson ‘All for profit’.

 

The Gift of Sight

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This lesson explains how the eye works. It explores the importance of sight, eye safety and how sight can be restored to some blind people in developing countries for very little cost. Suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:
•    group discussion on disability discrimination
•    A blind walk
•    Testing the reliability of smell
•    ‘find your blind spot’ activity
•    making a cartoon flip book

Linked assembly: 
This includes optical illusions and discussion about how our amazing brain interprets what the eye sees. The story of David Blunkett introduces discussion and reflection on the determination of people who have adapted to their particular disability.

 

The Go-Givers Philosophy: Go-Givers Anthem

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This module, which could be used as a series of lessons or assemblies, embodies the essence of Go-Givers through a poem about giving. It explores the nature of empathy and compassion and looks at ways in which we can make a difference to our world. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    What causes suffering?
•    Discussion about empathy
•    The language of compassion
•    Fundraising for others

Linked assembly:
Based around the bible story 'The Widow's mite', this assembly looks at the nature of generosity and makes the point that it is not how much we give that is important, but the generosity with which we give.

 

The Golden Rule

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This lesson shows how all the major religions subscribe to the idea that we should behave towards others as we would like others to behave towards us. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: RE

Learning Activities:
•    Devising simple laws that the children would ask all the World’s governments to agree to.

Linked assembly:
In the ancient Korean folk tale 'Chopsticks', a warrior is afforded a vision of heaven and hell. We are reminded that in the context of our lives on Earth, selfishness leads to unhappiness - a kind of Hell.

 

The Green-Eyed Monster

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A lesson about the difference between envy and jealousy, and how jealous feelings can be harmful to ourselves and others. It suggests various scenarios where jealousy can occur and how we can react negatively or positively. Suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Story of The Rivals
•    A court drama
•    Monster maze

 

The Immigration Debate

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This lesson explores the topical, and often controversial, issue of immigration. Why do people migrate? What are the pros and cons of immigration? How, and why, do governments try to control migration and what benefits can immigrants bring?
 

Cross-curricular links: history, geography, spoken language
 

Learning Activities:
•    Interviewing people who immigrated to Britain
•    Prioritising possessions to take if emigrating to a new country
•    Discussing the story of The Windrush
•    Creating a patchwork quilt to celebrate cultural heritage

The Paralympic Games

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This lesson tells the story behind the Paralympics. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: 

Learning Activities:
•    Feeling sound through balloons
•    Transcribing from Braille
•    Matching famous faces to their disabilities. 

 

The Queen: A Life of Giving

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This lesson looks at the role of The Queen who is set to become our longest ever reigning monarch in September 2015.Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history

Learning Activities:
•    Drawing family trees
•    Script writing – royal scenarios
•    Survey to find the children’s favourite category of charity
•    Writing new verses for the National Anthem

 

The Right To Education

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This lesson Malala Yousafzal’s fight for education in Pakistan will remind children of the value of their schooling. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history

Learning Activities:
•    Ranking the Millennium Goals
•    Developing a campaign

 

The Troubles in Northern Ireland

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This lesson outlines the factors that led to the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland. This lesson provides an opportunity to learn about different perspectives, what it feels like to be an outsider, and conflict resolution. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history, art

Learning Activities:
•    Looking at paintings 
•    ‘Insiders’ and ‘Outsiders’
•    The Children’s Movement for Peace
•    Celebration of World Peace Day

 

The War in Afghanistan

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This lesson explores the causes of the war in Afghanistan and the resulting loss of life. It features stories of bravery. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, art

Learning Activities:
•    Persuasive writing on the subject of landmines
•    Making a unity hand wreath
•    Peace posters
•    Creating a peace bank

 

There's No Place Like Home

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This lesson explores the importance of a safe, loving home for our personal development, and the consequences of homelessness, particularly for children. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Drama, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Poetry writing: What makes a house a home
•    Hotseating: housing official and a homeless family
•    Goal setting: ‘The sky’s the limit’

Linked assembly:
Children emerge from a makeshift tent to questions about what they think it would be like to live in a tent for a prolonged period of time. This leads on to discussion about refugees and the story of Bruce Kenrick the founder of Shelter.

 

Topics for Discussion: Mind Maze

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Mind Maze consists of a series of cryptic questions to develop children’s ability to discuss social and moral issues. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

The Learning Activities contain advice on classroom discussion and background information on the issues to inform the debate.

 

Trapped in the Mine

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This lesson is based on the news story about the copper miners who became trapped in a mine in Chile. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Art,  literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Investigating the uses of copper.
•    Leadership qualities
•    Making posters to show Health and Safety at school and at home.
•    Making leadership masks
•    The legend of the phoenix

 

Tricky Topics

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Topics which would lend themselves to Circle Time discussions with introductory notes and key questions. Suitable for upper KS2.

Tsunami

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This lesson tells the story of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, how the world reacted, and the processes involved in saving lives, restoration and rebuilding. Suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Dance, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    creating mind maps
•    designing a community centre
•    developing and performing a dance to portray the disaster

 

Understanding Cancer

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Many children in classrooms all around the country are dealing with cancer in one way or another at any given time. This lesson seeks to answer some of their questions and demonstrate how they might support friends and family members affected by the disease. Suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Science, literacy

Learning Activities:
•    A day in the life of a young carer
•    How to keep healthy

 

Using statistics to Understand our World

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This lesson illustrates how reliable statistical information can help us arrive at a more balanced view of our world. Suitable for upper KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Maths, art

Learning Activities:
•    Using statistics to find out about the Titanic disaster
•    ‘Did you know?’ posters
•    Collecting statistics

 

Using Talents: It's A Wind-Up

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This lesson explores the importance of communication and how technology can play a part in creating a fairer world. The PowerPoint tells us how Trevor Baylis used his skills to design and build a wind-up radio after hearing about that some people in Africa couldn’t access information about Aids via the airwaves because they didn’t have electricity. It includes a video of an interview with the inventor. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: design technology, art

Learning Activities:
•    Ideas for helping people overcome difficulties
•    Paintings of ‘togetherness’ in African style
•    Trevor’s journey

 

Valentine's Day

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The origins of Valentine’s Day traditions. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Art

Learning Activities:
•    Pay it forward activity
•    Valentine Day cards with promissory coupons
•    Destructive emotions
•    How to show you care

 

Water: Our Most Precious Resource

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This lesson reminds us of the importance of water for our physical well-being. We learn how charities are providing practical support to some of the one in five people in the world don’t have access to clean water. Suitable for KS1 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Science

Learning Activities:
•    Building a water filter
•    A condensation experiment 
•    Measuring water wastage

 

What Kind of Farming?

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This lesson looks at animal husbandry on intensive and free range farms, and how farming practices affect food prices. Suitable for KS1 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Science

Learning Activities:
•    Devising a Questionnaire 
•    Visiting a supermarket
•    Food wastage survey
•    Tips for using leftovers

 

Why do we Pay Taxes?

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Through this lesson we learn how the welfare state ensures a basic level of care for all citizens. It includes the role of the Chancellor and how taxes are levied. Suitable for KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Maths

Learning Activities:
•    Being Chancellor for a day
•    Discussion about children voting
•    Survey of parental attitudes re. tax

 

Word Wizard

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This is a short thesaurus of words associated with the Go-Givers programme. Suitable for developing vocabulary across KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Crossword

 

Working For Peace

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This lesson looks at the causes of conflict and areas of the world where there is strife. It explains  the role of the UN and how some charities work for reconciliation. Suitable for Year 4 upwards.

Cross-curricular links: Geography

Learning Activities:
•    How can we make the world a more peaceful place
•    5 x Co-operative games

Linked assembly:
Nasim lives in Afghanistan. As a result of war he is responsible for earning money to feed his family. Despite his circumstances he still has hope for the future. The children are asked to reflect on a personal difficulty, and to imagine a positive outcome.

 

Worldly Wisdom

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This PowerPoint is comprised of Inspirational quotations by famous people from across the globe to stimulate discussion. Suitable, in the main, for all KS2. 

You Can't Buy Anything with a Penny

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This lesson highlights the amazing achievements of young people who have campaigned for a cause they care passionately about. It is particularly useful when children are embarking on social action projects like the Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:
•    Activists’ planning sheet
•    What causes people to become refugees?

Linked assembly:
The story of Liam, winner of The Daily Mirror Child of Courage Award, is the catalyst for thinking about how we can help others in times of trouble, whether it be a coin from our pocket money, a little of our time, or a kind word.

 

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