Charity encompasses many different needs, ideas and activities, from looking after children to climate change campaigns. All encourage an awareness of the world and those around us and ask us to volunteer our time. This selection of wonderful, free teaching resources from some of our charitable partners will help you to bring the idea of charity and what charities do into the classroom – with plenty of ideas for charity assemblies and fundraising days as well!
- Help your class find out about the history and work of Barnardo’s, the UK’s biggest children’s charity, with this highly recommended resource.
- Encourage children in your school to develop positive friendships and anti-bullying stances with this care and share activity-based challenge.
British Red Cross
- An educational resource from the British Red Cross that can be used to teach young people about migration and development.
- This lesson plan looks at the issue of child soldiers and how some armies and militias coerce them into fighting.
- An excellent assembly to raise awareness of the need for hygiene in different settings and to help them appreciate that in some places in the world hand washing is a life and death matter.
- This Sow the Seed resource from Oxfam encourages active global citizenship, helping pupils to understand more about the issue and inspiring them to take action.
- An interactive resource featuring stunning colour photos to help you teach about water and its significance. Includes a range of classroom activities exploring the importance of water, water shortages, and ideas for positive action.
- Help your pupils to understand the concepts of risk and vulnerability together with the importance of tackling climate change in a way that is fair to the world’s poorest people.
- A three part module from the Citizenship Foundation with a range of activities explaining democracy and the different ways in which children can participate.
- A great resource booklet to inspire and equip young people to take a stand against the continuation of slavery and injustice in the world today.
- This lovely lesson is based on a story adapted from a Japanese legend. The learning activities are based around the value of money, fortune and gifts that don’t cost money.
Sea Watch Foundation
- A series of lesson plans and ideas from the Sea Watch Foundation to help pupils learn about marine food chains and how to on stop marine rubbish and pollution.
- An excellent lesson plan from Beatbullying that looks at the many issues involved in friendship, what it means to young people and at the triggers for peer pressure.
- A guide to how to make children aware of the realities of cyberbullying, how they can protect themselves and what it means for those who have been affected.
- Trace the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar. This game also highlights the positive part that trade can play in developing communities.
- A lovely classroom activity focusing on flooding and how natural disasters affect development, growth and resources.
- Resources for learning about cotton, trade and Fairtrade, from the Fairtrade Foundation. Includes a presentation with notes.
- A selection of photographs from a visit to a maternal health clinic in Mafele, Mali, to help you teach about the issue of maternal health.
Assemblies, Fundraising and Recycling
- A touching assembly to help pupils to consider how other’s live and survive - and to introduce them to raising money for those in other countries who are less fortunate.
- A great lesson focusing on fundraising and asking pupils to evaluate the effectiveness of the ideas. A good introduction to charities.
- A brilliant set of instructions and pictures which will help your class to create charity wrist bands using recycled plastic bands.