Lesson 1: Pupils Securing their Space

To create a space where pupils can acknowledge the individual and unique qualities they bring to the classroom and to agree some ‘grounding principles’ that will help everyone work together as best they can.

Begin to understand the core principles and values which contribute to creating a safe space to work in.

Learn to create a group contract for working together.

Lesson 2: Paws for Thought

To help pupils gain insights and awareness of various mind states, and explore these in a place free from judgement.

Links to Pupil Learning Framework.

Begin to understand how their minds work in a variety of ways.

Begin to develop the capacity to articulate ‘mind states’ in a creative and expressive way.

Lesson 3: So, What’s in a Brain?

To help pupils begin to develop emotional intelligence.

Begin to understand the characteristics of the thinking and emotional sides of the brain.

Begin to recognize emotional triggers.

Explore ideas for managing emotions.

Lesson 4: The Mind Jar

To help pupils begin to develop skills for resilience and well-being.

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Learn more about ways in which they can calm their bodies and minds through breathing and other techniques.

Develop coping skills for responding to situations when things are not calm.

Lesson 5: Take Notice

To help pupils begin to develop awareness and understanding of self and others.

Begin to develop their listening skills.
Begin to develop an understanding of various sensations.
Develop trust in each other.
Develop relationship and team work skills.
Begin to develop empathy for each other.

Lesson 6: Making Connections

To help pupils appreciate interdependence, and to begin to develop empathy, respect and gratitude for others.

Be able to identify groups that people participate in.
Begin to learn about the global dimension.
Be able to have a sense of global connection and interdependence.
Begin to develop social responsibility.

Lesson 7: Making Connections in Solidarity

To help pupils develop gratitude for others, and to help them develop the capacity to respond to issues of global injustice in solidarity with others.

Develop an increased sense of gratitude and interdependence.
Think critically and conduct research.
Identify actions they can take as global citizens.

Lesson 8: Spaceship Earth

To help pupils develop motivation to participate and take action as global citizens.

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Develop an increased sense of gratitude and interdependence.
Think critically and conduct research.
Identify actions they can take as a global citizen.

Lesson 9: It’s Not Fair

To help pupils develop knowledge and understanding of global issues and interconnection, and to develop their capacity to unpack the issues through critical and emotional literacy.

Begin to explore the structural causes of poverty and inequality.
Begin to apply critical thought to global issues.
Develop a deeper understanding of how they are interconnected through global systems.
Develop an awareness of how they respond emotionally, physically and cognitively to the issues.
Begin to think through and express imaginative solutions.

Lesson 10: Each One Teach One and Each One Debate

To help pupils develop knowledge and understanding of key concepts through independent inquiry, and to help them explore perspectives through critical literacy.

Begin to build independent research skills.
Define and interpret key concepts.
Explore perspectives through debate.
Begin to apply critical literacy to various perspectives.

Lesson 11: We’re Going on a Journey

To help pupils apply critical literacy to their own assumptions and dominant media messages.

Explore perceptions.
Challenge and critique their own assumptions.
Conduct research.
Explore and critique dominant media messages.

Lesson 12: Pupil Voice and Action

To encourage pupils to express their ideas for a better world through planning and implementing an action-based project.

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Identify and research a specific global injustice issue.
Identify actions that the whole class can take to address the issue.
Negotiate and agree an overall class action project.
Plan the delivery of the project.