Lesson Bundle : Year 6 (A)

Overview

Lessons on a wide range of PSHE and Citizenship themes suitable for children in Year 6. Lessons include: Democracy, Rights & Responsibilities: Freedom!, Our Interconnected World, Working For Peace, Knife Crime: Shielding from Harm, Stressed Out

Democracy - Lesson one

This lesson forms the first part of a two-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

Learning Activities:-

  • 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

Rights & Responsibilities: Freedom!

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

Learning Activities:

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

Our Interconnected World

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. Links: community, medicines

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.

 

Working For Peace

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

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.

 

Knife Crime: Shielding from Harm

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

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.

Stressed Out

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

Learning Activities:

  • Metaphors
  • Expressing feelings through art
  • Guidelines for good listening