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Quakers in Britain develop resources to support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding we all need to be peacemakers, whether in our own lives or in the wider world. Linking to the curricula of England, Scotland and Wales these lessons and resources combine fun with critical thinking about issues of peace and justice. Produced by Quaker Peace & Social Witness

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Quakers in Britain develop resources to support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding we all need to be peacemakers, whether in our own lives or in the wider world. Linking to the curricula of England, Scotland and Wales these lessons and resources combine fun with critical thinking about issues of peace and justice. Produced by Quaker Peace & Social Witness
Teach Peace: The Angel of the Prisons, Elizabeth Fry
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Teach Peace: The Angel of the Prisons, Elizabeth Fry

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Part of the Teach Peace pack, this assembly explores the extraoridnary life of Quaker Elizabeth Fry, the Angel of the Prisons, whose exposure of harsh conditions in Newgate's cells led to prison reform. Aim: to learn about the life of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and her determination to change something she believed was wrong.
Teach Peace: Conflict Resolution
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Teach Peace: Conflict Resolution

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This fun assembly from the Teach Peace pack explores the ideas of conflict, cooperation and compromise through the simple story of two mules. A great way to start talking about conflict not just as a danger, but as an opportunity. From of the Peace Education Network
Human perspectives on armed drones
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Human perspectives on armed drones

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Aim: To understand how different people think and feel about armed drones and why. Summary In this workshop participants will meet people with different experiences of drones. Through text evidence, imagery and drama, participants will explore these different perspectives and think about human rights and the emotional impacts of drone warfare. Objectives To gain an understanding of the effect of drones on different people’s lives. To practise moral reasoning based on evidence. To use drama and reflection to identify and empathise with different people’s point of view. This is Workshop 2 of Fly Kites Not Drones and can be run as one session or as two shorter sessions. See more at www.flykitesnotdrones.org
Assembly - Remembrance for Peace (primary)
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Assembly - Remembrance for Peace (primary)

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Wold War I was not the war to ennd all wars. In focusing on 100 years since the ending of World War I, there are rich opportunities to engage children and young people in dialogue to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs as part of PSHE.
Palestine & Israel: Eyewitness in the classroom
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Palestine & Israel: Eyewitness in the classroom

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This lesson plan is a rich primer for secondary schools on Palestine and Israel today, but more than that, it’s an opportunity to invite a human rights observer to your classroom. Speakers from Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are ready to visit your school to share their eyewitness stories. The lesson sets up a rich discussion of human rights and how to respond to conflict. Invite an Ecumenical Accompanier to your school via eappi@quaker.org.uk - in the meantime check out the material which supports English, Religious Education, Geography and Citizenship learning.
To end all wars- Remembrance 1918-2018
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To end all wars- Remembrance 1918-2018

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To end all wars? This INSPIRE project plan is for a 30-minute introduction to World War I Remembrance. It can be used as an assembly or at the beginning of a poppy-making workshop. You could use it during Remembrance or, better yet, for thinking about peacemaking in your school. It also contains a challenge: what will you do to make peace in the next 100 years? The content can be used with ages 9 and above. The follow-up poppy-making activity is for all ages. Aims:** ** to explore the history of war from World War I to the present day to inspire action to prevent war and build peace (extension) to make a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance for peace.
Conviction, A WWI critical thinking Project
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Conviction, A WWI critical thinking Project

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UPDATED FOR 2018 A secondary school teaching resource. Through contemporary stories, told through real sources, classes can use Conviction to reveal the dilemmas people faced 1914-18 such as conscientious objection. Accompanying lesson plans explore not only what happened, but moral questions which remain relevant today. Features lessons on: Emily Hobhouse- Hero or traitor who tried to make peace Albert French, 15 ear old sodldier Harold Stanton, “absolutist Conscientious objector” Women and Families Corder Catchpool, pacifist Henry Williamson, the nature loving soldier This is the sister pack to the primary-focused Conscience. Order hard copies from http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk
INSPIRE Remembrance for Peace (14-18)
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INSPIRE Remembrance for Peace (14-18)

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In focusing on 100 years since the ending of World War I, there are rich opportunities to engage children and young people in dialogue to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs as part of PSHE. This content is intended for age 14-18. There are opportunities to explore the impact of WWI and embed themes of peace throughout the curriculum that build knowledge, develop evaluative and analytic skills as well as broaden students’ understanding of conflict, war and learning from the past. AIMS: Reflect on how and why we remember past events Reflect on choice Students to work co-operatively to think about what peace means
Armed Forces Day or militarism?
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Armed Forces Day or militarism?

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This is a creative way to tackle controversial questions surrounding Remembrance, the armed forces, war and militarism. This attractive poster and the accompanying activities elicit debate and discussion about the reality and ethics of military involvement in British society. Armed Forces Day is a particularly relevant time to open up this discussion in your Citizenship, PSHE lessons and meet your SMSC requirements. It also lends itself to Philosophy for Children sessions at primary or secondary. Everything shown is ‘real’ - something that does happen on the streets of Britain. We’ve provided the resource as a PDF, an image and a clickable webpage (meaning you can click on individual parts of the image and see a related video, report or news story; students could explore this individually or be led through it on an a whiteboard. You can order printed hard copies (free, just pay postage) from http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk We’ve also suggested a range of activities to elicit interesting discussion in the attached document.
Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes
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Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes

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This assembly lays out the true story of Sadako, the girl who inspired hope after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima even after shed died from radiation poisoning. Part of the Teach Peace Pack from The Peace Education Network. Find more great assemblies at http://peace-education.org.uk/teach-peace Aim: to explore the human cost of war and see how children, so often the innocent victims, can work together for peace. This assembly is most effective if it is followed up in the classroom with the making of origami cranes carrying the children’s messages of peace. Some children may find the content of this assembly upsetting, so be aware of the need for sensitive follow up.
Budget for a safer world
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Budget for a safer world

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Using critical thinking, Maths and Citizenship skills, learners will explore a simple question: how should the government spend its money to work towards a safer world? The British government spends roughly £45 billion on defence, but groups like the International Peace Bureau question whether this really makes the world safer. Your class will vote on the best way to spend the money, then compare it with other people’s responses at https://demilitarize.org.uk/day-of-action/vote2016/. Includes Worksheets. A short assembly is also available to download.
Teach Peace: Barriers to Peace
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Teach Peace: Barriers to Peace

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This interactive assembly from the Teach Peace Pack explores whether walls build peace using examples of real walls and barriers from different times and places including , the peace lines of Northern Ireland, the barrier around the Palestinian West Bank and oxen lining up to defend their young. Follow-up actvities also allow learning to be deepened in the classroom. Produjced by the Peace Education Network
Do drones have a license to kill?
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Do drones have a license to kill?

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Suitable for students aged 15-18, the lesson explores the ethics and legality of armed drone strikes following the “targeted killing” of British citizen Reeyad Khan in Syria in August 2015. This was Britain’s first use of “self-defence” as justification for a drone strike. Go to www.flykitesnotdrones.org for more information and resources about Fly Kites Not Drones. Aim: To understand and critically respond to the different moral and legal questions raised by armed drone strikes. • To give students the chance to practise their speaking and listening skills, including articulating their own views on drones and listening to the viewpoints of others • To gain an insight into how international law and human rights develop • To investigate and offer reasoned views on ethical issues surrounding drone strikes
Conscience A World War I critical thinking project
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Conscience A World War I critical thinking project

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UPDATED FOR 2018 A primary school-focused teachers’ resource. Through contemporary stories, told through real sources, classes can use Conscience to reveal the dilemmas people faced 1914-18. Accompanying lesson plans reveal not only what happened, but moral questions which remain relevant today. CONTENTS: 1: Conscience in WWI 2: Albert French (boy soldier) 3: Conscientious objection 4: The Friends Ambulance Unit Print copies available from http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/
INSPIRE Remembrance for Peace (11-14)
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INSPIRE Remembrance for Peace (11-14)

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In focusing on 100 years since the ending of World War I, there are rich opportunities to engage children and young people in dialogue to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs as part of PSHE. This content is intended for children age 11-14. There are opportunities to explore the impact of WWI and embed themes of peace throughout the curriculum that build knowledge, develop evaluative and analytic skills as well as broaden students’ understanding of conflict, war and learning from the past. AIMS : Reflect on how and why we remember past events Reflect on causes of conflict Students to work co-operatively to think about what peace means
INSPIRE Remembrance for peace (7-11)
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INSPIRE Remembrance for peace (7-11)

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In focusing on 100 years since the ending of World War I, there are rich opportunities to engage children and young people in dialogue to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs as part of PSHE. This content is intended for children age 7-11. There are opportunities to explore the impact of WWI and embed themes of peace throughout the curriculum that build knowledge, develop evaluative and analytic skills as well as broaden students’ understanding of conflict, war and learning from the past. AIMS : Reflect on how and why we remember past events Reflect on causes of conflict Students to work co-operatively to think about what peace means
Do we need to rethink security? A citizenship investigation
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Do we need to rethink security? A citizenship investigation

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Aim: Learn about the different factors that cause insecurity and how we could make the world safer. Learners will draw on numeracy, speaking and listening and critical thinking skills to explore this citizenship question: do we need to rethink security? Beginning by exploring the idea of security- what makes us safer and what makes us feel safe? Learners will progress by evaluating and quantifying risks that face us today including knife crime, spiders and climate change, before asking what the priorities should be. All the content and notes are included in the slide show. Part of the Rethinking Security project rethinkingsecurity.org.uk
Peace Week pack - whole school
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Peace Week pack - whole school

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“The best thing we’ve ever done together as a school community” Moya Richardson, Associate Head Teacher, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School This whole-school resource pack contains everything staff and pupils need to explore how they can build a peaceful world. You can then develop the attitudes, values and skills needed to create it. Your Peace Week can be run at any time. It can be an exciting way to start a new term, or a positive way to celebrate the end of the school year. Includes: *curriculum linked content for Scotland, Wales and England tools to help you organise lesson plans resources staff training materials Peace Week was created by the Quaker Peace Education Programme with help from schools. More: www.quaker.org.uk/peace-education
Women of World War I
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Women of World War I

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Published on the centenary of the first International Congress of Women on 28 April 1915, this two-lesson sequence allows students to explore independently the wide range of activities women were engaged in during World War I (WWI) and ask, are women the real peacemakers? Students will become experts in the stories they discover about women who strove for peace, supported the war, worked, campaigned for suffrage or tried to help the victims of war.