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Resource – Human Rights and Education

HR and ed At my previous school I taught Opening Minds which was essentially citizenship, values and RS. One of my favourite units looks at human rights and education.

As I tidied up my hard drive this afternoon, I thought it would be nice to amend the resource booklet a little so PowerPoint weren’t need and share it with you in case it is of interest to any of you.

The booklet starts with a learning matrix outlining to the student the content to be covered.


Lesson 1 begins by encouraging students to consider what they know and want to know about the topic. Followed by an exploration of the concept on human rights and the declaration of human rights before students sort the human rights in order or importance for them.

lesson 1

Lesson 2 then looks at access to education in the UK since the 1800’s through the creation of a timeline which I previously shared here.lesson 2

Lesson 3 explores classrooms around the world. Students view the images here  and follow it up by completing the table to produce a comparison of education around the world. As part of the comparison students are encouraged to consider the reasons for the differences. Finally students reflect on what they discovered. I’d throw in a video or two as well.

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Lesson 4 students then investigate Malala’s story using a resource from ‘Lessons from Africa’. This lessons involves comprehension; students read the biography and answer the questions.

lesson 4

In lesson 5 and a bit, students watch ‘He Named Me Malala‘. Each time I taught this topic I had to sit at the back of the room with a box of tissues as I always cry!

Finally lesson 6 students play would you rather with a series of statements from the ‘Lessons from Africa’  resources before preparing for a class debate to answer the question…

“Would you rather put your life at risk for something you believe in, or live in safety but without a voice?”

If you think the booklet and resource will be of any use to you, please feel free to download it by clicking the image below.

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If you download and use the booklet, do let me know how it goes. Feedback is always welcome.

Best wishes,

Mrs Humanities




Update – Interactive Plenary Display

UPDATE 2 – Almost finished the interactive plenary display; KS3 have started using it and have really engaged with the choice available. They love it, particularly the social media options. Phew.

Almost there

How it works  – Once a pupil finishes their work and have completed any S&C tasks or available extensions they visit the board. There are a variety of choices for their next step. They can simple choose a task from the extend, assess or reflect choices or roll the dice to provide them with a plenary activity. So far pupils have only used the assess option or  the Roll a Plenary board.

Just need to print a A3 version of my peer assessment guidance and signs for WWW and EBI as depsite using it several times a term they still ask the dreaded question “what does WWW and EBI mean?” like seriously you do not remember?

UPDATE 1 – Today I finally managed to find the time to make a start on the interactive plenary display. You can read more about the idea here. I’ve decided to use an Extend, Assess and Reflect set up for the plenary display along with a roll a plenary board.

So far I’ve pinned plastic wallets to the display board like in the photo below, guess you could describe it as step like. Plenary display

I didn’t quite have the time today to sort and finish the display but under each heading there will be activities to extend students in their work and understanding, assess what they learnt and how they are progressing  and finally activities that encourage pupils to reflect on their learning journey.  In the wallet underneath the roll a plenary board will be a variety of top trumps created by my pupils to play with if there is time.

In the folders are a wide variety of plenary activities. Whilst I created a number of the print outs I also found and used these amazing resource from @misstait_85. How great are they?

Finally In the top right hand corner I will be adding a section on self and peer assessment to encourage positive and specific feedback from such assessment. Often it’s one or the other, they will get it by the end of the year I promise.

I can’t wait to start using this in class, had a little taster today when some pupils used the roll a plenary board and it actually engaged a usually rather disengaged student. Winner! Just hope it continues.

I will share the final results in due course until then have a good week.

Mrs Humanities

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My Top 3 Geography Resource Sites

geography resourcesThroughout my PGCE and NQT years I spent a great deal of time learning how to teach effectively. During this process a major part involved researching, creating and developing a wide variety of resources. I owe a great deal to the experience of other teachers and there willingness to share their resources with others. r

The resources provided by a large number of the teaching community are essential for new teachers, without inspiration from others I would never have developed my own style of teaching and the array of resources I’ve created as a result. 

Here are my top 3 Geography resource sites to aid the transition into the new academic year. 

1 // Geography Pods
I’ve used, adapted and been inspired by many resources on this site. It’s great. It contains a “vast range of dynamic and effective teaching and learning resources suitable for geography students” in Key Stage 3-5. 

Some of my favourites include Landscapes in a Box, Development and the Geography of my Stuff

2 // Radical Geography

On some of those dark and gloomy days when my personal creativity is hiding in the depths of my brain I’ve turned to this site for inspiration. I’ve used the Pop-Up Drainage Basin many a time with great results. Then there’s the illustrative Richter Scale worksheet great for homework for KS3.Then there is the array of Weather and Climate resources that have inspired many a great lesson. 

3 // Staffordshire Learning Net

This site has not been updated for a long time now but there are an array of resources available. I used and adapted many of the resources throughout my PGCE year my particular favourite was Who killed Chico Mendez? A great resource for teaching about Rainforests Ecosystems or Sustainability. 

One final suggestion is Share Geography. This is recent discovery so I’ve not used, adapted or been inspired by any of the resources yet. However there are many ideas on offer, I’m particularly attracted by the ideas for using lego in the classroom entitled LEGO collaboration. I believe it’s another site provided by Tony Cassidy

Do you have any suggestions for other great resource sites for Geography resources? Share them in the comments below. 

Good luck with the new school year (if your not back already).

Mrs Humanities