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8th October 2010 at 01:00

Making a difference

Campaign group Peace One Day has launched lesson plans to encourage pupils to realise their potential to make a difference in the world. They are part of an online magazine and can be found at www.peaceoneday.orgeneducation

Immune insights

A multimedia insight into the immune system has been unveiled on the Nobel Prize website. Immune Responses uses animations, interactive experiments and images. See www.nobelprize.orgimmuneresponses

In praise of the parish

A conference on the role of the parish in civil society to mark the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland will take place in Stirling next month.

The event is organised by the Scottish Records Association and the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland, and will be held at the Tollbooth on 24 November. For more information, email


What the lesson is about

This is an introduction to prejudice and discrimination and is aimed at key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- know the meaning of prejudice and discrimination;

- understand different types of prejudice;

- evaluate their own opinions on prejudice and discrimination.

Getting started

Write the statement, "All teenagers are rude and have no respect for anyone" on the board. Do the pupils agree? Introduce key words to the class: stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Ask the pupils to discuss what they mean.

Divide the class into groups and ask each one to look at a different type of discrimination, such as racism, sexism or ageism, with reference to the following questions: what is it? How would religions respond to it? Where would you find an example of it? When, if ever, have they experienced or witnessed it? Why does it occur? Look at Christian and Muslim teaching on discrimination, using extracts available on the link below.

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to complete a worksheet, available on the link below, by writing a definition and providing an example of different types of discrimination. Can they think of any examples in school? Why do they happen? What could have been done to stop it? Challenge the pupils to consider why they think there is prejudice against certain groups. What do Christians and Muslims think about prejudice and discrimination?

Where to find it

The lesson was originally uploaded by littlemiss85 and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This looks at reproductive cloning and features the use of jelly to model somatic cell nuclear transfer. It is aimed at key stage 4 biology pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- understand how animals are cloned using nuclear transfer;

- explain the similarities and differences between the clone and the parent;

- evaluate the issues associated with cloning animals.

Getting started

Make a jelly model of an egg cell and a skin cell using the directions on the link below. Ask pupils to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the model cells.

Demonstrate enucleation - the removal of the nucleus from the egg - by scooping it out from the skin cell with a spoon and inserting it into the egg cell. Explain that the egg cell is now implanted into a womb to allow the cloned animal to grow.

Get pupils to think about their own views on cloning, using the Weird Al Yankovic song I Think I'm a Clone Now (available on iTunes) as a stimulus for discussing some of the issues involved.

Where to find it

The lesson was prepared by the University of Ulster and was originally uploaded by LyndaDunlop. It can be found at


What the lesson is about

This is an introduction to civil and criminal law and is aimed at Year 9 pupils.


- all pupils will be able to define the concept of a "law";

- most pupils will be able to evaluate society's need for laws;

- some pupils will be able to distinguish between criminal and civil laws.

Getting started

Show pupils pictures from the PowerPoint on the link below. Each shows an event or place that is legally regulated. Ask the class to identify the law illustrated in the picture and to define a law. Show them examples of laws (available on the link below) and tell them to say why they think each law exists.

Read through "Dave's" scenario of his experiences with criminal and civil law (available on the link below). Invite pupils to consider the differences between the two types of law.

Taking it further

Get pupils to draw a comic strip that illustrates the breaking of either a criminal or civil law. The sequence must end in the appropriate court.

Where to find it

The lesson plan, plus PowerPoint and worksheets, was originally uploaded by samtscotland and can be found at

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