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We provide bespoke SMSC Curriculum encouraging critical thinking, empathy and connected learning. Our Global Thinking curriculum explores some of our most pressing global issues, helping students to make sense of the world around them.

We provide bespoke SMSC Curriculum encouraging critical thinking, empathy and connected learning. Our Global Thinking curriculum explores some of our most pressing global issues, helping students to make sense of the world around them.
Happiness  Lesson - SMSC Focus / Mental Health
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Happiness Lesson - SMSC Focus / Mental Health

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A 30 minute lesson on Happiness, exploring some of the causes of mental health issues amongst young people and allowing them to start discussing some of the key causes of stress. Suitable for KS3-4 students. For the rest of the curriculum series on Happiness, visit thoughtboxeducation.com
SMSC curriculum - Identity - Y9&10
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SMSC curriculum - Identity - Y9&10

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ThoughtBox provide schools with a bespoke SMSC curriculum championing three core areas: Critical Thinking, Empathy and Global Tolerance. Each month, a new ThoughtBox is opened on a globally relevant topic, with a range of lessons within that topic (including Immigration & Refugees, Homelessness, Waste, Voluntourism and Identity.) Each curriculum pack has a choice of timing options for 11-18 year olds. All lessons begin with a short 3-5 minute video to introduce the topic and then are discussion based, with a range of activities and ideas. Lessons require no pre-planning or preparation by staff (proving ideal for cover lessons as well as within the PSHE course or wider curriculum) with resources, discussions and activities all clearly directed within the learning packs. Access our full curriculum range at www.thoughtboxeducation.com Membership provides a full year’s teaching content for a Life-skills/PSHE curriculum, covering core skill-development, or alternatively lessons can be used during tutor periods, in Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Theory of Knowledge and within the wider curriculum.
Waste Curriculum KS4
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Waste Curriculum KS4

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A bespoke curriculum for KS4 on the topic of Waste. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • Where does our rubbish go when we throw it away (because there is no such place as ‘away’)? • Who should be responsible for the rubbish we are making? • Why do we have so much “stuff” in our lives and who is telling us that we need it all? • What is happening in our oceans and how responsible should we be for the waste that is accruing? • How is our relationship to waste defined by the country in which we live? • What does it mean to live a ‘zero-waste’ life and how can we learn to do this? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine some of the global issues of waste production and removal, understanding the cycles of production, consumption and destruction and that we are involved in. Students will examine the roles of the individual and government in tackling waste, unpicking the notion of ethical consumption and understanding the impact of sustainable living on people and planet. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
SMSC - Culture and Stereotypes Y11-13
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SMSC - Culture and Stereotypes Y11-13

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SMSC and GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP RESOURCE. ThoughtBox provide schools with a bespoke SMSC curriculum championing three core areas: Critical Thinking, Empathy and Global Tolerance. Each month, a new ThoughtBox is opened on a globally relevant topic, with a range of lessons within that topic (including Immigration & Refugees, Homelessness, Waste, Voluntourism and Identity.) Each curriculum pack has a choice of timing options for 11-18 year olds. All lessons begin with a short 3-5 minute video to introduce the topic and then are discussion based, with a range of activities and ideas. Lessons require no pre-planning or preparation by staff (proving ideal for cover lessons as well as within the PSHE course or wider curriculum) with resources, discussions and activities all clearly directed within the learning packs. Access our full curriculum range at www.thoughtboxeducation.com Membership provides a full year’s teaching content for a Life-skills/PSHE curriculum, covering core skill-development, or alternatively lessons can be used during tutor periods, in Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Theory of Knowledge and within the wider curriculum.
Immigration & Refugees Curriculum - KS4
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Immigration & Refugees Curriculum - KS4

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A bespoke curriculum for KS4 on the topic of Immigration & Refugees. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between a migrant, an immigrant and a refugee? • What does it mean to be classified as ‘refugee’? • Why are those amongst us classified as ‘migrants’ often portrayed negatively? • What are the ripple effects of the global immigration crisis, both on those leaving home and those receiving people in? • How have we made wanting a better life for ourselves somehow illegal? • Do any of us have a right to call our land home? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. They will engage in some of the causes of global migration, understanding the lack of choice that many face whilst working to dissolve stereotypes and media bias. Lessons will encourage empathic engagement with individuals’ stories, exploring the notion of the privilege of birth and questioning biases. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Immigration & Refugee Curriculum - KS3
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Immigration & Refugee Curriculum - KS3

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A bespoke curriculum for KS3 on the topic of Immigration & Refugees. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between a migrant, an immigrant and a refugee? • What does it mean to be classified as ‘refugee’? • Why are those amongst us classified as ‘migrants’ often portrayed negatively? • What are the ripple effects of the global immigration crisis, both on those leaving home and those receiving people in? • How have we made wanting a better life for ourselves somehow illegal? • Do any of us have a right to call our land home? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. They will engage in some of the causes of global migration, understanding the lack of choice that many face whilst working to dissolve stereotypes and media bias. Lessons will encourage empathic engagement with individuals’ stories, exploring the notion of the privilege of birth and questioning biases. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Social Media Curriculum - KS5
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Social Media Curriculum - KS5

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A bespoke curriculum for KS5 on the topic Social Media. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED • How has social media changed the way we interact with each other? • Are we becoming more or less social as technology allows us to make friends all over the world? • Is technological connection allowing us to feel more connected? • What is the ‘filter bubble’ and how is it affecting our understanding of the world? • Are ‘fake news’ and algorithmic conditioning something that we can prevent? • Is social media a tool that we can learn to use rather than depend upon? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will explore the pros and cons of global connectivity through social media, examining the human and environmental impact of this growing technology. Students will examine the changing nature of connection in a modern world, learning to question and engage in a range of connections that we are forming through our use of social media. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Waste Curriculum KS5
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Waste Curriculum KS5

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A bespoke curriculum for KS5 on the topic of Waste. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • Where does our rubbish go when we throw it away (because there is no such place as ‘away’)? • Who should be responsible for the rubbish we are making? • Why do we have so much “stuff” in our lives and who is telling us that we need it all? • What is happening in our oceans and how responsible should we be for the waste that is accruing? • How is our relationship to waste defined by the country in which we live? • What does it mean to live a ‘zero-waste’ life and how can we learn to do this? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine some of the global issues of waste production and removal, understanding the cycles of production, consumption and destruction and that we are involved in. Students will examine the roles of the individual and government in tackling waste, unpicking the notion of ethical consumption and understanding the impact of sustainable living on people and planet. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Immigration & Refugees curriculum - KS5
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Immigration & Refugees curriculum - KS5

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A bespoke curriculum for KS5 on the topic of Immigration & Refugees. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between a migrant, an immigrant and a refugee? • What does it mean to be classified as ‘refugee’? • Why are those amongst us classified as ‘migrants’ often portrayed negatively? • What are the ripple effects of the global immigration crisis, both on those leaving home and those receiving people in? • How have we made wanting a better life for ourselves somehow illegal? • Do any of us have a right to call our land home? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. They will engage in some of the causes of global migration, understanding the lack of choice that many face whilst working to dissolve stereotypes and media bias. Lessons will encourage empathic engagement with individuals’ stories, exploring the notion of the privilege of birth and questioning biases. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Social Media Curriculum - KS3
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Social Media Curriculum - KS3

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A bespoke curriculum for KS3 on the topic Social Media. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED • How has social media changed the way we interact with each other? • Are we becoming more or less social as technology allows us to make friends all over the world? • Is technological connection allowing us to feel more connected? • What is the ‘filter bubble’ and how is it affecting our understanding of the world? • Are ‘fake news’ and algorithmic conditioning something that we can prevent? • Is social media a tool that we can learn to use rather than depend upon? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will explore the pros and cons of global connectivity through social media, examining the human and environmental impact of this growing technology. Students will examine the changing nature of connection in a modern world, learning to question and engage in a range of connections that we are forming through our use of social media. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Happiness Curriculum - KS5
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Happiness Curriculum - KS5

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**A bespoke curriculum for KS5 on the topic of Happiness. ** The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between happiness and success? • What does money have to do with happiness? • Should we teach emotional health and happiness in schools? • Are we doing enough to support our young people’s mental health? • Can happiness be measured by success? • What is the impact on having a country’s foundation built around happiness? • How can we learn to find our own sense of happiness? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine the notion of happiness on an individual and collective basis, looking at the relationship between the body, the mind and the environment on our happiness. Students will discuss and explore the meaning of happiness within the global culture, understanding different approaches to forming connection and finding happiness. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsOcOGDYMrM
Happiness Curriculum - KS4
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Happiness Curriculum - KS4

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A bespoke curriculum for KS4 on the topic of Happiness. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between happiness and success? • What does money have to do with happiness? • Should we teach emotional health and happiness in schools? • Are we doing enough to support our young people’s mental health? • Can happiness be measured by success? • What is the impact on having a country’s foundation built around happiness? • How can we learn to find our own sense of happiness? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine the notion of happiness on an individual and collective basis, looking at the relationship between the body, the mind and the environment on our happiness. Students will discuss and explore the meaning of happiness within the global culture, understanding different approaches to forming connection and finding happiness. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsOcOGDYMrM
Happiness Curriculum - KS3
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Happiness Curriculum - KS3

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A bespoke curriculum for KS3 on the topic of Happiness. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is the difference between happiness and success? • What does money have to do with happiness? • Should we teach emotional health and happiness in schools? • Are we doing enough to support our young people’s mental health? • Can happiness be measured by success? • What is the impact on having a country’s foundation built around happiness? • How can we learn to find our own sense of happiness? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine the notion of happiness on an individual and collective basis, looking at the relationship between the body, the mind and the environment on our happiness. Students will discuss and explore the meaning of happiness within the global culture, understanding different approaches to forming connection and finding happiness. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsOcOGDYMrM
Food Curriculum KS3
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Food Curriculum KS3

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A bespoke curriculum for KS3 on the topic of Food, The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • What is our relationship with food? • What are the biggest influences on what we are eating? • How and why have our diets changed over the past one hundred years? • What is the relationship between food and culture? • How ethical is the food that we are eating? • What are some of the impacts of our wasteful food habits across the world? • How much do we really know about what goes into our food and where it comes from? • With GMO and lab-manufactured foods already on the shelves, what is the future of food? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons explore our complex relationships to food, understanding how the history of food production has brought us to our current status and some of the ripple effects of our current non-sustainable relationship to food. Students will discuss the role of food in different cultures, exploring the impact of individual and governmental choices in healthy and sustainable food production and consumption. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Waste Curriculum KS3
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Waste Curriculum KS3

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A bespoke curriculum for KS3 on the topic of Waste. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED: • Where does our rubbish go when we throw it away (because there is no such place as ‘away’)? • Who should be responsible for the rubbish we are making? • Why do we have so much “stuff” in our lives and who is telling us that we need it all? • What is happening in our oceans and how responsible should we be for the waste that is accruing? • How is our relationship to waste defined by the country in which we live? • What does it mean to live a ‘zero-waste’ life and how can we learn to do this? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine some of the global issues of waste production and removal, understanding the cycles of production, consumption and destruction and that we are involved in. Students will examine the roles of the individual and government in tackling waste, unpicking the notion of ethical consumption and understanding the impact of sustainable living on people and planet. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here:
Intro to Connected Learning
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Intro to Connected Learning

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An introduction to connected learning with ThoughtBox - supporting the emotional health of our young people. Visit our website for free resources and a wide range of lesson plans, workshops, CPD and changemaker links to support more connected learning in schools. thoughtboxeducation dot com.
Social Media Curriculum KS4
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Social Media Curriculum KS4

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A bespoke curriculum for KS4 on the topic Social Media. The unit contains 4 lesson plans (each lesson available in 15 minute, 30 minute or 60 minute format). Each lesson begins with a short 3-5 minute film to engage in the topic and then explores a range of questions and discussion points, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and empathy skills. Lessons contain a range of multi-media resources to support learning ideas and contain clear instructions to guide through the lesson. Lessons have been designed to complement SMSC learning objectives and match core National Curriculum PSHE specifications in value-based learning. Focused on tolerance, respect and global citizenship, lessons allow students to explore their own opinions and values, make connections to those around them and practice listening and empathic engagement. QUESTIONS EXPLORED • How has social media changed the way we interact with each other? • Are we becoming more or less social as technology allows us to make friends all over the world? • Is technological connection allowing us to feel more connected? • What is the ‘filter bubble’ and how is it affecting our understanding of the world? • Are ‘fake news’ and algorithmic conditioning something that we can prevent? • Is social media a tool that we can learn to use rather than depend upon? AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will explore the pros and cons of global connectivity through social media, examining the human and environmental impact of this growing technology. Students will examine the changing nature of connection in a modern world, learning to question and engage in a range of connections that we are forming through our use of social media. Watch a short video introduction to the unit here: