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Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.
Use this block to explain to children that for many people across the world things happen that are unfair. Explore the influential lives of Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai and learn about their courageous acts against unfairness. Learn how anyone can try to make a stand against injustice.
This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Learn about the story of Rosa Parks and empathise with her situation; was she just tired? Or was she tired of unfairness? Showcase your learning by producing a detailed poster capturing her history and detailing her courageous act.
Learn the story of Malala Yousafzai; work in mixed ability groups to perform four freeze frame pictures capturing this courageous act; finally invite individuals to the Director’s Chair to evaluate the dramas produced.
Create an interactive timeline detailing key changes to the UK’s primary schools; sequence these changes using photographs; draw and discuss what future schools may be like.
Decide on a change you want to make and agree on a fundraising method; complete a carousel of activities to start your campaign; shoot a video for the school website/reception monitor; write sentences to capture the essence for the school newsletter; produce top quality posters with all the relevant details.
Create a job list detailing all of the tasks for your fundraiser; prepare and complete the fundraising campaign.
Host a celebration ceremony for invited students or parents; take on exciting roles such as photographers, waiters and waitresses, journalists and experts giving speeches informing theaudience of the story behind the campaign.
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