Raising Awareness Days
International Women's Day

International Women’s Day on 8 March is an opportunity to celebrate achievements by women, learn about women throughout history and highlight areas where action is still needed to bring about gender equality.

Session 1 My Role Models

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debate.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes including for expressing feelings.

Music

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Teaching and Activities

Set up a carousel of activities for an afternoon of learning about what a role model is and what the personal qualities are that make a one.

Children will:

  • Understand the term ‘role model’.
  • Talk about your role models and the impact they have had on your life.
  • Write a dream for the future.

You Will Need

  • Lined paper
  • Large white-board
  • Sticky labels

Session 2 Stereotypes

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes including for expressing feelings.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations and debate.
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.

Teaching and Activities

Choose one of the suggested activities, or set up a carousel of all of the activities designed to help children understand what sterotypes are and why they are problematic.

Children will:

  • Understand the term ‘stereotype’.
  • Describe how boys and girls can be the same/different.
  • Begin to express opinions about stereotyping.

You Will Need

  • Boy/girl templates
  • Dressing up clothes for a range of jobs, e.g. doctor, bus driver or pilot.

Session 3 Campaign for Change

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes including for expressing feelings.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations and debate.

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Emmeline Pankhurst and her fight for voting rights for women in Britain.

Children will:

  • Learn about Emmeline Pankhurst.
  • Create an Emmeline Pankhurst fact file.
  • Learn about the suffragettes.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Emmeline and the Plucky Pup’ by Megan Rix
  • Photocopy extracts out of the book Emmeline and the Plucky Pup
  • Fact file resource
  • Voting station resources, e.g. recycled shoe box to make a ballet box, pens, area that children can vote