Taken from the citizED website, this is an example of a student's scheme of work consisting of six one hour lessons around the theme of Diveristy and Difference. The student, Laura Nicholls, explains her rationale for the activities within her introduction to the scheme of work.
'Despite having only taught at the school for half a term, I had already heard many comments from students of the 'us and them' variety. When students were questioned further, they would identify 'us' with positive attributes and 'them' with negative attributes. 'Us' would invariably be White British, whilst 'them' would be anyone who was not white, or who had not been born in Britain' (Nicholls, 2006).
The scheme of work therefore intends to encourage students to question and justify their opinions. Though aimed at KS4, the lessons could be adapted for other phases. Indeed, some could be extended for use by ITE providers with ITE students/trainees, particularly, though not exclusively those working in predominantly white contexts. The six lessons are organised around the following questions:
Lesson 1: Why is Britain a diverse society?
Lesson 2: Why do people move?
Lesson 3: Who/What is British?
Lesson 4: What stereotypes are we aware of? How can we challenge them?
Lesson 5: How is youth culture becoming globalised?
Lesson 6: (Assessment) Do I now know why Britain is a diverse society?
Each lesson comes with a comprehensive plan including interactive activities and copiable resources, as well as links to other sources of additional ideas and activities.
This would be a useful item to share with trainees who might be asked to discuss how the activities could be adapted to suit their particular context.
Britishness, diversity, Citizenship, Scheme of Work, lesson plans
Article Id : 15340
Date Posted: 10/4/2009