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Activists

Explore the lives of Rosa Parks, twentieth-century anti-racism activist in the US, and Malala Yousafzai, twenty first-century activist for girls' education in Afghanistan. Discover their courageous acts against unfairness. Learn how anyone can try to make a stand against injustice and plan a campaign.

Session 1 Who was Rosa Parks?

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant globally.
  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to international achievements.

English

  • Give a well-structured explanation to express feelings.
  • Consider and evaluate different view points.
  • Identify and explore characters through drama.

Global Citizenship

  • Gain a sense of the wider world.
  • Begin to understand the connection between their lives and lives of others.
  • Be aware that our actions have consequences.
  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand that the story of Rosa Parks holds global significance.
To be able to express opinions on the story of Rosa Parks
To understand that our lives are connected with the lives of others.

Children will:

  • Understand the global significance of Rosa Parks’ story.
  • Be able to express their opinion on the Rosa Parks story.
  • Understand that their lives and connected with the lives of others.

You Will Need

  • Envelope with the class’s name on it to put letter in
  • Letter stating that break time has been cancelled for certain children who have surnames that begin with certain letters

Session 2 Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant globally.
  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to international achievements.

English

  • Listen to and respond to adults and their peers.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Identify and explore characters through drama.

Global Citizenship

  • Gain a sense of the wider world.
  • Begin to understand the connection between their lives and lives of others.
  • Gain an awareness that our actions have consequences.
  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand that Malala’s story is changing the world now.
To be able to explore Malala’s story through drama.

Children will:

  • Understand that Malala’s story is changing the world now.
  • Explore Malala’s story through drama.
  • Gain a sense of the wider world.

Provided Resources

  • Photograph of Malala and questions
  • My courageous act script
  • Four stick character pictures
  • Director’s chair sign

You Will Need

  • Group list with children in mixed ability groups of 4
  • Shawl
  • Director’s chair
  • Some kind of costume for director to wear such as a hat or glasses
  • Camera to take freeze-frame pictures

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 How have primary schools in the UK changed?

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.
  • Develop some understanding of chronology.
  • Begin to use vocabulary associated with the past.

English

  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Global Citizenship

  • Gain an awareness of rich and poor.
  • Begin to understand the connection between their lives and the lives of others.
  • Begin to feel a sense of indignation, be willing to speak up for others.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To be able to sequence events in chronological order.
To be able to ask questions to find out information.
To be able to understand that their lives are connected with others.

Children will:

  • Sequence events in chronological order.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Understand that their lives are connected to the lives of others.

Provided Resources

  • Timeline photographs
  • Changes to the UK primary school system
  • Group work on how to sequence events in chronological order

You Will Need

  • Props for timeline
  • Wool or thread slightly unwound
  • Bowtie or tie
  • Old painting apron or dirty clothing
  • Camera to take photographs with throughout the session
  • Mini whiteboards and pens for the plenary

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 4 Start your campaign

Objectives

English

  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Participate in discussions.

Global Citizenship

  • Be able to identify unfairness and take appropriate action.
  • Start to think of others.
  • Begin to show interest and concern for others in wider sphere.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To be able to participate actively in collaborative conversations.
To be able to identify unfairness and take the right action.

Children will:

  • Participate in discussions.
  • Be able to identify unfairness and take the right action.

You Will Need

  • A date and time for a fundraising task, pre-agreed with senior managers
  • Several fundraising tasks discussed and then agreed with senior managers
  • Device for recording videos
  • Coloured paper and felt tips for student to make posters

Session 5 Plan and do the fundraising

Objectives

English

  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Participate in discussions.

Global Citizenship

  • Respond to the needs of others.
  • Begin to make links between their lives and the lives of others.
  • Begin to value others.
  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Teaching and Activities

Create a job list detailing all of the tasks for your fundraiser; prepare and complete the fundraising campaign.

Teaching Outcomes
To be able to participate in a discussion and respond to what someone else is saying.
To gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Children will:

  • Participate in a discussion.
  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Provided Resources

  • Mind map
  • Price stickers and price tags photocopied onto florescent or bright card

You Will Need

  • Blu-tack
  • Use of outdoor space or hall if choosing to complete the starter
  • Children grouped into mixed ability teams of 6
  • Resources for your fundraising activity
  • Photographs taken from previous sessions
  • Money to use as a float

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 6 Change Celebration Ceremony

Objectives

English

  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Participate in discussions.

Global Citizenship

  • Respond to the needs of others.
  • Begin to make links between their lives and the lives of others.
  • Begin to value others.
  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To be able to participate in a discussion and respond to what someone else is saying.
To gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.

Children will:

  • Gain a willingness to co-operate and participate.
  • Respond to the needs of others.

Provided Resources

  • Change celebration ceremony roles
  • Change celebration ceremony jobs list

You Will Need

  • A classroom or school hall with tables pushed back
  • Table for drinks and snacks
  • A willing audience
  • Squash and food to serve to guests
  • Posters on walls produced throughout the course
  • Photographs of the change playing on loop
  • Props for each of the different roles
  • Costumes for roles
  • Background music