A discussion of children's rights can lead in unexpected directions - and get pupils excited about fundraising
Teaching young children about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an important lesson in its own right, but I have also found the topic a useful conduit for so much other learning. For my P3-4 class (of six- to eight-year-olds), the jumping-off point was that they were really interested in the right to clean water.
I took this curiosity and ran with it. After some brainstorming, the class generated long lists of the varied ways that we use water here in Scotland. This led them to compare practical and important uses of water with more wasteful uses. The topic made for a fantastic narrative through which we could delve into local environmental and ecological issues.
Building on this, it was beneficial to contrast our region with areas of the world that lack access to fresh, clean water. The children were amazed to discover how something as essential as water can so easily be taken for granted and how it can have such an impact on our lives, affecting everything from health and education to happiness.
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