Lesson plans

1. Chocolate trade game

Chocolate is a guilty pleasure in more ways than one. Trace the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar and play a game to prompt a discussion on fair trade. Learn about the difficulties faced by workers and consider the positive role that trade can play in developing economies and communities.

2. Hunger in a world of plenty

Who controls the food we eat? Why do 1 billion people go to sleep hungry every night? Help children to learn about food and hunger and to reflect on what it means to go hungry. Worksheets and activities explore food production and the impact of malnutrition.

3. Travel and transport

Get children to write and perform a transport-themed song that encourages them to consider what life is like for their peers around the world. They could map their route to school and compare it with travel and transport in other countries.

4. Citizenship and rights

What is citizenship? What are human rights? Why are they important? Help students to compare their lives with those of children in five other countries.

5. Refugee lessons

Explore the plight of asylum seekers and refugees around the world. Ask students to consider the challenges and prejudices they face, using real-life stories to aid understanding.

6. Natural disasters

In developing countries, a flood or an earthquake can wipe out years of development and use up vital resources. These activities explore the impact of natural disasters.

7. Caring for the environment

How do we care for the world around us? What can students do to look after their school community? In these activities, consider how we can look after our planet and invite your class to take up the challenge.

8. Child power

Every day, children around the world are taking action to improve their lives. Ask students how they can improve their own lives and help other children to do the same.

9. Mobile phones

Fab or foe? This lesson considers how mobile phone technology is saving and destroying lives in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

10. Global football

The "beautiful game" is loved all over the world. But this engaging resource for youth leaders uncovers its ugly side and asks what we can do about it.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyChristian


10 lesson plans: christian aid week, 12-18 May10 lesson plans: local and community history month, May

1. Great Fire of London

Look back on the fire that devastated London, England, in 1666. This evocative PowerPoint helps students to imagine that they were there.

2. Bristol and slavery

What made Bristol in the South West of England a successful slave port? Find out in this study of local history for

15- and 16-year-olds.

3. Scottish history videos

Turn back time and explore Scotland in the Middle Ages. Students discover historical figures such as Sir William Wallace in these video-based lesson plans.

4. The Blitz in Wales

Thousands of people lost their lives in the London Blitz, but what about the people of Wales, who were carpet-bombed during the Second World War? Stretch the enquiry skills of 7- to 11-year-olds with these resources.

5. Postcards from the past

Children compare images of their local area past and present in a lesson that uses Google tools and technology.

6. Victorian homes

Take children back to a time when horses and carts dominated the streets and houses were lit by lanterns.

7. Local history pack

Get your class out and about with this investigation into local rivers and community settlements, using plans and activities focused on the past.

8. Multicultural Britain

What was the Empire Windrush? Why did people swap the sunny shores of the Caribbean for the greyer skies of the UK? Explore immigration in the UK from 1948 to the present day and consider how life has changed.

9. African community history

What do children in the UK have in common with their peers in African communities? What could they learn from each other? Help children to compare and contrast their own histories and communities with those in Africa - and perform a traditional African dance.

10. Celebrate black history

Explore the history of black people in the US. Take your class through a timeline of black history, from the 16th-century slave trade to Barack Obama's inauguration as the country's first African-American president in 2008.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyLocalHistory


3 special needs resources

1. Treasure hunt board game

A fun board game with a pirate theme from bevevans22 helps to develop children's counting skills and vocabulary. Players move around the desert island, collecting and losing gold coins along the way.



2. Discover forces

In one of a series of lesson plans from alexharrison101, use sweet treats including strawberry laces to help children with special educational needs to understand forces.



3. Motor skills and handwriting

Do your students have trouble telling the difference between left and right? Develop their motor and handwriting abilities with a song from trogfoot.

bit.lyMotorSkills Lesson1

Top 5 assemblies

- Buddha's birthday Take students on a journey to India and Nepal in mhg's assembly. bit.lyBuddha


- It's magical Use magic to conjure up an interest in science with alessio's presentation. bit.lyScienceis Magic

- The Good Samaritan Mike Stallard's assembly reworks the story of the Good Samaritan. bit.lyGood


- Recipes for friendship Celebrate Friendship Funday with juliateachers' top resource. bit.lyFriendship Funday

- Keep healthy Teach children the importance of healthy eating with teachergina's guide. bit.lyKeepingHealthy.

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