Go-Givers has over 150 cross-curricular lessons to support the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship and develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) learning, including their understanding of fundamental British Values.
Pupils will be given a brief introduction to the European Union. They will learn about... why people’s opinions about the EU are divided and the results of the EU referendum.
Through looking at relatable examples, pupils will be asked to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of membership to an organisation.
Pupils will also be led through the process of creating a referendum and campaign materials on a school issue of their choosing.
Through the example of Brexit talks, this lesson introduces pupils to the concept of negotiation... and the skills required to succeed in negotiations. Activities are designed to give pupils the opportunity to apply their learning to real life negotiation situations and reflect on the characteristics of strong negotiators. Pupils will also gain an understanding of how some leaders responded to the Brexit result.
This lesson is divided into two parts. In the first section of the lesson pupils... will develop an understanding of the term ‘stereotype’,identify examples of stereotypical opinions and discuss the harm that stereotypes can cause. In the second portion of the lesson pupils will focus on campaigns and advertising regulations in the UK that challenge gender stereotypes.
Learners explore what climate change is and what is causing it. They consider who is... responsible for climate change: individuals, politicians, businesses? They are then challenged to think of a variety of ways they can tackle climate change both at home and at school.
The resource could be run as a single lesson but, where possible, we would recommend it forms part of a wider unit of work. It has been split into four distinct parts.
Part 1: What is climate change?
Part 2: What are the causes of climate change?
Part 3: What is the impact of climate change?
Part 4: What can we do?
Cross curricular links: Science and Geography
In this lesson pupils will be learning about cultural diversity in the UK and some... of the historical factors that have contributed to the diversity of the UK population. Pupils will explore a range of cultures through learning activities and personal research.
This lesson forms the first part of a three-part unit on Democracy. Pupils explore the... meaning of ‘democracy’, and the ways in which citizens can participate in democratic life in Britain. They learn about the role of the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and political parties, and how a general election works.
Cross-curricular links: English, history
Reading political news stories from different sources aimed at children e.g First News
Discussing which political issues matter to them
Learning about the Suffragettes
This lesson forms the second part of a three-part unit on democracy. Pupils learn about the... function of central and local government and the difference between MPs and councillors.
Pupils explore the job of Parliament, taking a look at the role of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They examine a range of issues faced by citizens deciding which political representative is best placed to help.
Who are my representatives?
Designing a new political party
This lesson forms the final part of a three-part unit on democracy. Pupils learn about...This lesson forms the final part of a three-part unit on democracy.
Pupils learn about democracy and the rule of law. They discover the different roles of parliament, government and the justice system. Pupils explore why we need laws and how they are made.
A world without law
Who makes the law?
In an ideal world
Over a series of short sessions, pupils will have the opportunity to consider ethical dilemmas... which may arise in day to day life. Pupils will be encouraged make decisions by first considering all their options and the consequences of taking each potential action. In group discussions, pupils will be able to practise articulating their views and respond to views that are in contrast to their own.
Each dilemma is designed to be a stimulus for short discussion sessions with your class in which pupils can practise reasoning, listening and speaking skills.
In this lesson pupils will learn what is meant by ‘fake news’ and the risks... that it poses to them and society. Pupils will be introduced to the concept of bias and will think about how they can critically examine news articles.
In this lesson pupils will consider the varying needs and interests of the Go-Givers and... design a community centre and activity programme that matches their requirements. Pupils will also produce a leaflet that should attract users to their community centre and compose a set of rules that users must follow adhere to. This project concludes with the opportunity for pupils to present and evaluate their classmates’ designs.
In this lesson pupils will think about what home means to them through writing a... poem inspired by the line ‘Home is where the heart is’.
They will consider the reasons why someone may become homeless and the realities of life on the streets or in temporary accommodation.
Pupils will review homelessness statistics published by Shelter in 2018 and suggest ways in which the school community can support pupils who are homeless. They will then be introduced to how local authorities and charities support the homeless.
To conclude the lesson, pupils will create a game of snakes and ladders that reflects the causes of homelessness and actions that can help to end homelessness.
In this lesson pupils will think about how they can plan a social action project.... They will be led through key steps by following the example of the Go-Givers.
This resource is designed to be taught over a series of lessons, giving pupils the time to research, plan, prepare and evaluate a social action project. It could be used when working towards the Make a Difference Challenge and is supported by a free online CPD on teaching social action.
In this lesson pupils will learn about different farming methods. They will consider the advantages... and disadvantages of these methods and learn how to identify labels that indicate how food has been farmed. Finally, they will explore the shopping habits of their school community and consider the wider implications these habits may have.
In this lesson pupils will develop an understanding of what is meant by the term... ‘identity.’ They will explore their own
sense of identity and share this with others, appreciating the diversity of identities that make up their class and
In this lesson pupils will learn about what it means to be inspirational. They will... develop their understanding of the term through looking at real life examples in the media.
Pupils will also gain a breadth of language with which to describe the qualities and skills of an inspirational person. They will use this learning to reflect on the qualities and skills of their peers in an exercise designed to promote self-esteem and highlight how everyone has their part to play in taking social action.
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.
Cross-curricular links: history
experiment to explore unequal treatment of different groups
discussion about how children deal with incidents of teasing
looking at the factors we take into consideration when judging others
"Used this to mark MLK day for whole school assembly. This ppt saved me hours of work and provided lots of extra information."
In this lesson pupils will take part in icebreaker activities that encourage them to consider... the views and experiences of their classmates. They will discuss common problems that can arise within the class and playground setting and discuss means of resolution. Pupils will go on to identify the qualities and behaviours that they value in classmates and develop a weekly nominations scheme in which they can celebrate the positive contributions of their peers.
We recommend that you use this resource alongside the lesson ‘Our Rules’ to establish good relationships within the class at the start of term.
In this lesson pupils will learn about the importance of habitats and explore endangered British... species and the threats to their habitat. Pupils will be guided through ways in which they can take action against habitat loss by developing the habitats in their local area.
In this lesson pupils will develop an understanding of the terms ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’ and... how they balance one another. They will then discuss and prepare a class charter that reflects their rights and responsibilities as pupils.
In this lesson pupils will consider the benefits of living in a society rather than... isolation. They will identify roles that are essential to a strong society and reflect on how they might contribute to their community in their future career.
This lesson has been designed in response to the Big Vote, where children voted on... what issues they most cared about. The vote was to mark the ten year anniversary of our Make a Difference Challenge. Out of the top ten issues cancer won by a significant margin indicating that cancer matters to children in the UK. This lesson gives an age-sensitive overview to the topic and introduces children to some simple social action challenges.
This lesson is one of a collection which examine environmental issues. In this lesson pupils... will learn about the role trees play in supporting life on Earth and their importance in our lives. They will examine the effects of deforestation and learn how they can help to renew forests.
The lesson has been split into three parts, which could be delivered across three separate sessions or part of a longer extended session.
Part 1: Why do we need trees?
Part 2: Why are forests being destroyed?
Part 3: What can I do to stop deforestation?
During this lesson pupils will consider how inequality can affect a person’s chances to succeed... in life. Pupils will learn about the founding of the modern welfare state in the UK in the aftermath of World War II and consider its intended purpose. They will then look at what welfare services are provided today and consider situations in which someone might need to access those services. Lastly, they will reflect on what life might be like without the support offered by the welfare state.
This lesson could be taught on its own or as part of a series with Democracy’ (Parts 1-3) and ‘Why do we pay taxes?’ (Parts 1 and 2).
In this lesson pupils will consider the multiple uses of technology and how technology can... be used to solve problems.
Pupils will be introduced to the example of Trevor Baylis, the inventor of the wind-up radio, who was inspired to help those in the developing world who could not afford communication technology. Inspired by Baylis, pupils will have an opportunity to design and build a model which will help a member of their school.
Pupils will also reflect on how inequalities can arise when some people have access to technologies and others do not. They will look at the example of the charity One Laptop Per Child and be encouraged to run a technology intervention with younger pupils at their school.
In this lesson pupils will learn about the qualities of water and why it is... vital to life on Earth.
They will consider the problems facing people who cannot access clean water and the pressures that have been placed on our water supply due to climate change and population growth.
Through the example of Cape Town's water crisis, pupils will reflect on the implications of water shortages before learning about how they can take action in their own lives to save water.
Pupils learn about the reasons why charities are created. They will be introduced to the... main features of a charity and have the opportunity to research the work of a charity of their choice. They will consolidate their learning by designing a charity of their own, which takes into account the charity’s purpose, promotion, actions and funding.
In this lesson pupils will learn about the meaning of the word philanthropy through looking... at real life examples. They will consider why philanthropy is important and what motivates philanthropists.
Over a series of short sessions, pupils will have the opportunity to consider topical issues... related to their school life. Pupils will consider the strength of arguments for and against different school policies before sharing and comparing their own opinion with that of their peers.
Each question is designed to be a stimulus for short discussion sessions with your class in which pupils can practise reasoning, listening and speaking skills.
During this lesson pupils will learn that public services are largely funded through the payment... of taxes to the government. Pupils will learn that taxes are paid on income as well as goods and services.
Through case studies on the recent adoption of the sugar tax and the campaign to end taxation on female sanitary products, pupils will consider how governments change their taxation strategies in response to issues in society.
During this lesson pupils will learn that councils are responsible for local spending decisions and... can raise additional funds for public services through council taxes. Pupils will survey residents in their area to identify the key concerns of their neighbourhood. The findings of the class will inspire a piece of artwork and/or a letter to their local council that reflects how the community want taxes to be spent in their area.
This lesson looks at Artificial Intelligence and the benefits and problems it may bring to... our society.
Cross-curricular links: Physical Education, BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
Ways in which AI might improve our lives
The downside of AI (role play)
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. Links: Family
Cross curricular links: Literacy, Art
Listing the advantages and disadvantages of owning a pet
Designing a leaflet for Dog’s Trust
"That was a really good PowerPoint! They learnt a lot. They are now making their own leaflet for their own charity!"
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. Links: community, respect, equality, anti bullying
Cross curricular links: Literacy, DT, ANTI BULLYING, mental health
Create an Anti-Bullying tree
Construct a newspaper bridge
Find out the importance of the ‘bigger picture’
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. Links: respect, puberty, equality, anti bullying, mental health
Cross curricular links: Literacy (Speaking)
Paired game to find out similarities and differences
Bullying interventions- discuss scenarios
Discussion: Body image
Identifying ‘bullying hotspots’ and discussing preventative measures
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. Links: equality
Cross curricular links: Geography, History
Looking at where items originate from
Using questions as discussion starters
Taking a closer look at the Law on Child Labour
In this lesson we learn about dementia from a child’s point of view, as he... grapples to understand his grandfather’s illness, and how to support him. Links: family, medicines
Cross-curricular links: Technology
Learning how to relate to older people
Designing a device to help people with dementia retain their independence and keep them safe.
Reducing the risk of developing dementia
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. Links: British values, tolerance, community, respect, equal, immigration, British Food Fortnight, Gypsy and Roma Traveller History Month. anti bullying
Cross curricular links: Literacy, Art, Drama
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
This lesson demonstrates how individuals can use their particular skills to help in a disaster.... It also explains how earthquakes happen. Links: keeping safety, EARTH DAY
Cross curricular links: Geography, Literacy, IT
Put together a shelter kit
Write a description of a scene (word bank provided)
Research information on the Peace Bridge
This lesson explores how some tragedies can be avoided if preventative measures are taken. It... uses the 2005 Louisiana hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Tsunami, the Bhopal disaster in India in 1984 and the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 as examples. Links: keeping safety
Cross curricular links: Literacy, Geography, History
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
This lesson explores the laws governments make to try and keep people safe, particularly the... laws about harmful substances like alcohol and drugs. Links: drugs, keeping safety, MENTAL HEALTH,
Cross curricular links: History, Literacy
Reading comprehension about prohibition, gangsters and speakeasies
Debate about whether cannabis should be legalised
Researching countries where alcohol is illegal
This lesson is about the meaning of equal opportunities and the nature of prejudice. It... gives examples of groups that may suffer from discrimination. Links: British values, tolerance, community, respect, equality, ANTI BULLYING, equal pay
Cross curricular links: Literacy, IT, Art
Discussion: What qualities to look for in a friend
Researching charities that support groups of people who are discriminated against
Designing an equal opportunities logo
Creating a cartoon to illustrate an unfair situation
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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
Compare independent farmers and big producers
Persuasive letter writing exercise (support for differentiation provided)
Hot seating/role play activity
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
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
This lesson takes us on Mo's amazing journey from Somalia to the London Olympics in... 2012 and explores the secrets of his success. Links: Black History Month
Cross-curricular links: geography
Finding their own special talents
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.'
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 UK-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. Links: medicines, HEALTHY EATING WEEK, MENTAL HEALTH
Cross curricular links: Numeracy
Interpreting data about life expectancy in different countries
Making decisions about heath care priorities in Zambia
Discussion: National Health Service doctor shortage
This lesson looks at the life of boxing heavyweight Mohammed Ali and how he used... his power for good, becoming a role model to many for standing up for civil rights and religious freedoms, and for his courage in facing Parkinson's disease. Links: respect, equality
Cross curricular links: Literacy
Writing anti-racist slogans
Exploring role models
Discussing scenarios where we might need courage
Writing humorous poems
After the Hillsborough disaster many lies were told to cover up the truth. The lesson... explores dishonesty, and the harm it causes to individuals and our society.
Which lies are the most harmful - a ranking activity
Role play: An honest response
Why honesty is important to our society
An honesty survey
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. Links: tolerance, community, respect, family, equality, ANTI BULLYING
Cross-curricular links: maths (statistics)
Conducting a bullying survey
Looking at words ‘with a sting in their tail’
Identifying what is unique about each of us
The lesson includes an assembly about diversity based around a Jewish parable that explores the idea of individuality and making choices. The children investigate some stereotypes and consider how everyone is unique and can choose who they want to be.
In this lesson children learn about the role of hospices in caring for people in... the final stages of their life. Links: community, family
Cross-curricular links: Literacy, science (life-cycles)
Life cycles of living things
Exploring ways to support the local hospice
Writing messages of appreciation to someone they care about
Remembering loved ones
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
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?
This PowerPoint 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.
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.
This lesson reminds children to treat anyone they meet on line as a stranger, as... some adults create fake identities on line in order to groom young people. It puts forward some suggestions about how they can protect themselves on line. Links: keeping safety, online safety, internet, e-safety
Knowing who to trust
Ways of saying No
Practising being assertive
Creating ‘Internet Safety’ leaflets
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. Links: community, immigration
Cross-curricular links: history, geography, literacy
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
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. Links: respect. bullying, anti bullying
Cross-curricular links: Literacy
Story of The Rivals
A court drama
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. Links: community, keeping safety, anti bullying, online safety, internet, e-safety, mental health
Cross-curricular links: IT, drama
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.
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. Links: keeping safety
Cross-curricular links: literacy
Role play scenarios
Creating a leaflet about keeping safe
Developing a personal timeline showing important milestones in the past and goals for the future.
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. Links: British values, respect
Cross-curricular links: history
researching people who fought for justice
finding out about our system of jury service
writing own Queen's Speech
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)
making adobe bricks
learning about the customs of the Dogon people
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. Links: community, respect, equality, medicines
Cross-curricular links: science, history
Crossword to recall facts in the story
Science experiment to test the effectiveness of different methods of hand washing
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. Links: community, respect
Cross-curricular links: literacy, art and design
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
This lesson introduces the 8 Go-Givers characters. Children will learn about their likes and dislikes... as well as their worries and fears. Links: community
Cross-curricular links: literacy, music
Tips for overcoming fears and making friends
Game to practice risk taking
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. Links: medicines, puberty
Cross-curricular links: science
Experiment to grow bacteria
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
This lesson take the form of a global quiz that explores some interesting world facts,... introduces children to the Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the gap between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries.
Cross-curricular links: geography, literacy
Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals
Poetry from the perspective of a child living in the developing world
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. Links: community, equality, Black History Month, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Cross-curricular links: geography, history, literacy (drama & poetry)
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
"Thanks for these resources. The playground scenario is just fab. I'll try to use it to begin the lesson I think. Should be quite thought provoking!!"
"Thanks! This is a great resource - sums up all the information necessary. I also think the moral dilemma/story is excellent."
This lesson has been recommended by the TES resources panel.
This lesson looks at how lifestyles have changed since the 1960's and how this has... resulted in a dramatic rise in obesity. It stresses the importance of healthy eating and exercise for good health. Links: medicines, BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT
Cross-curricular links: History and Science
An activity survey
Changing our diet for the better
Debate about the Sugar Tax
Designing Exercise activities
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
Discussion about the right to peaceful protest
Debate about economic inequality,’ fair’ wages and taxes
Working out how much tax different people would pay
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. Links: green, EARTH DAY
Cross-curricular links: science, design and technology, environmental awareness
Exploring the advantages and disadvantaged of alternative energy sources
Making model electric cars
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. Links: bullying, respect, equality, keeping safety, anti bullying, mental health
Cross-curricular links: literacy
Writing nonsense ‘rules’ poems
Learning the Green Cross Code
Identifying role models
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. Links: British values, tolerance, community, family, equality
Cross-curricular links: PE, art and design
Making ‘respect’ button badges
Discussion about how to make the school more respectful
Tips on how to respect your body
This lesson looks at discrimination against gay people. It explores how laws change over time... and how laws sometimes need to be changed in order to create a more just society. Links: respect, equality, community, tolerance, ANTI BULLYING
Cross-Curricular links: History, Literacy
Life stories of famous people who are gay
Finding out about people who have made a difference
Poem about the power of words
Developing a campaign
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. Links: British values, tolerance, respect, equality
Cross-curricular links: history, literacy
Researching other freedom fighters in history
Creative writing about what they would miss if they lost their freedom
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. Links: British values, respect
Cross-curricular links: literacy, art and design
Writing a cautionary tale
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. Links: keeping safety
Writing using ‘emotion’ cards
Empathy role play
‘It’s not easy to say no’. Peer pressure discussion and role play
"A great synthesis of facts opinions and questions which will inform and hopefully provoke healing and learning."
"Excellent resource nicely put together and some great questions"
This lesson explores the purpose and importance of rules and offers suggestions as to how... to make and display class ‘Ground Rules’.
Where did Humpty Dumpty go wrong?
The perfect classroom
A game with no rules
Creating your class rules
Reviewing the rules
"Very good as a quick re visit to making our class rules at the beginning of a new term."
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. Links: tolerance, community, respect, equality, immigration
Cross-curricular links: Literacy
Circle time activity to examine our own attitudes.
Adding Positive and negative captions to recognise the power of the media.
Researching aspects of Islam
"An excellent introduction to understanding prejudice and racism"
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
Designing products to overcome specific difficulties
Discussion: the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork.
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.
Discussion about: other methods of punishment and changing attitudes towards smacking.
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. Links: respect, equality
Cross-curricular links: Literacy, BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Experiment: They’re all the same
A story illustrating the nature of prejudice
Discussion about discrimination
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. Links: schools, MENTAL HEALTH
Cross-curricular links: Literacy, art
Expressing feelings through art
Guidelines for good listening
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. Links: keeping safety
Cross-curricular links: history
Peaceful ways of bringing about change
A Pelmanism game (being observant)
How to keep safe
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. Links: equality
Cross-curricular links: Geography
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’.
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. Links: medicines
Cross-curricular links: science
group discussion on disability discrimination
A blind walk
Testing the reliability of smell
‘find your blind spot’ activity
making a cartoon flip book
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.
"A wealth of information relating to the eye, sight & blindness, overlapping many curriculum areas."
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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. Links: community
Cross-curricular links: Literacy
What causes suffering?
Discussion about empathy
The language of compassion
Fundraising for others
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.
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. Links: British values, tolerance, community, respect, equality
Cross-curricular links: RE
Devising simple laws that the children would ask all the world’s governments to agree to.
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.
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? Links: tolerance, community, equality, immigration, EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Cross-curricular links: history, geography, spoken language
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
This lesson tells the story behind the Paralympics. Suitable for all KS2. Links: respect, equality...
Cross-curricular links: science
Feeling sound through balloons
Transcribing from Braille
Matching famous faces to their disabilities.
This lesson Malala Yousafzal’s fight for education in Pakistan will remind children of the value... of their schooling. Suitable for upper KS2. Links: equality, schools
Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history
Ranking the Millennium Goals
Developing a campaign
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. Links: community, equality
Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history, art
Looking at paintings
‘Insiders’ and ‘Outsiders’
The Children’s Movement for Peace
Celebration of World Peace Day
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, ARMED FORCES DAY
Persuasive writing on the subject of landmines
Making a unity hand wreath
Creating a peace bank
Mind Maze consists of a series of cryptic questions to develop children’s ability to discuss... social and moral issues. Suitable for upper KS2. Links: community, bullying, equality, anti bullying
Cross-curricular links: Literacy
The Learning Activities contain advice on classroom discussion and background information on the issues to inform the debate.
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, science (materials)
Investigating the uses of copper.
Making posters to show Health and Safety at school and at home.
Making leadership masks
The legend of the phoenix
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. Links: community, schools, WORLD SCIENCE DAY
Cross-curricular links: Dance, literacy
creating mind maps
designing a community centre
developing and performing a dance to portray the disaster
This is a lesson to help children tackle the everyday problems that beset them. Learning...This is a lesson to help children tackle the everyday problems that beset them.
• Recycling negative thoughts
• Acrostics based on positive vocabulary
• Tackling personal problems
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.
Cross-curricular links: Science, literacy
Who can help?
Making a gift
Designing a well-being room
This lesson illustrates how reliable statistical information can help us arrive at a more balanced... view of our world. Suitable for upper KS2. Links: schools
Cross-curricular links: Maths, art
Using statistics to find out about the Titanic disaster
‘Did you know?’ posters
The origins of Valentine’s Day traditions. Suitable for all KS2. Cross-curricular links: Art Learning Activities:...The origins of Valentine’s Day traditions. Suitable for all KS2.
Cross-curricular links: Art
Pay it forward activity
Valentine Day cards with promissory coupons
How to show you care
This is a short thesaurus of words associated with the Go-Givers programme. Suitable for developing... vocabulary across KS2. Links: community, tolerance
Cross-curricular links: Literacy
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. Links: community, WORLD KINDNESS DAY
Cross-curricular links: Geography
How can we make the world a more peaceful place
5 x Co-operative games
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.
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. Links: schools, keeping safety, leavers, leaving
Cross-curricular links: Design Technology
Designing school bags
Resisting peer pressure
Developing study habits
This lesson highlights the incredible capacity of the brain. It reminds children of what can be... achieved with persistence and effort, and how the best way to learn is by trying new things without fear of failure.
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
• Focusing on strengths and learning
• Things outside your comfort zone?
• Making a ‘life list’.