28th January 2000 at 00:00
TAKE PART! SPEAK OUT! By David Cooke. Development Education Project pound;5. 36pp KS1amp; 2

Allowing children to take part in democratic activities cannot start early enough. This useful booklet offers practical ideas to encourage primary children to think about the concepts of justice and power while exercising discussion and argument skills (not necessarily the same thing), and learning to detect bias in others and themselves.

There are suggestions forworking on a Children's Charter and for activities at circle time. Other ideas derive from cartoons, board games and traditional stories. Negotiating with a brick-seller who simply won't sell to little pigs, or persuading a troll to allow access to his bridge, should be both enjoyable and instructive.

Details from Development Education Project, Manchester Metropolitan University, 801 Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2QR. Tel: 0161 445 2495

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