Activities to introduce the Convention
Early on in the development of Rights Respecting Education (RRE), many schools have opted for an extended immersion time where newcomers can be introduced to the Convention, while those more experienced learners can be refocused in order to share their knowledge and understanding with others.
Sometimes, there is a whole-school concentration on a particular Article. The intention, in any case, is to lead into a rights-respecting way of working all year round.
- Starter activities from Carl McCarthy at Newlands Primary School 43kb – used to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their learning.
Here are a selection of popular activities to start things off:
- Lesson plan to help learners distinguish between essential needs and additional wants and to introduce the Convention in the light of this distinction. - Wants and universal needs 38kb
- One school has used a Wants and needs cards approach for the classroom to set children thinking about how an emphasis on rights and respect would impinge directly on their own learning environment. This leads on to the development of a Convention-related class charter or agreement. - Classroom wants and needs 41kb
- Drama lesson plan to help develop visual literacy and empathy and to introduce an Article in an engaging way. - Using drama to introduce an article 39kb
- A RRE lesson plan aimed at Nursery and Reception children introduces a ‘Feely bag’ to address basic survival and development rights. - Starting with the youngest - Rights 'feely bag' 37kb
- A RRE lesson plan aimed at Year 1 and 2 to introduce rights. - Pack a suitcase 38kb