Below you will find lessons created especially for Norfolk Welcomes 2019 alongside some from last year that are pertinent to this year’s event. Choose whatever would work best for your school!
English/PSHE ‘If you joined our class…’ – 40-60 minutes
NW19 Pupils will consider the experiences of a child refugee in the UK before imaging the welcome they would like to give them if they joined their class. Finally these ideas will be transformed into a class poem. Resources
ART/PSHE A welcome card for local Syrian families resettling as refugees locally– 60-90 minutes
NW19 Pupils will learn a little about the war in Syria and the experiences of Syrians who have been forced to flee their homeland before making a class card to welcome a Syrian family who will be moving to Norwich to resettle. Resources
EAL/PSHE Our school welcomes the world!– 60 minutes
NW19 Pupils will learn a little about who The Strangers were and what languages were spoken in Norwich around the time of their arrival. They will then reflect on the languages spoken in their school community before choosing a task in order to celebrate these languages. Resources
Art/PSHE Visual poetry: a wall of welcome– 60 minutes
NW19 Children will write poetic sentences to represent the welcome they would offer someone needing sanctuary. They will combine this with artwork to create a visual poem for display. Resources and ‘Norfolk Welcomes the world’ video (open video, right click and ‘save as’ to download)
English/Art Creative-writing competition – to be completed at home or in school
NW19 Children invited to create a poem, short story, or comic strip on the theme of welcome. The winning entry will have an accompanying illustration created by Alex Brychta, famous illustrator of the much loved Biff, Chip and Kipper reading books. Resources
HISTORY/PSHE The canary’s story – 40-60 minutes (Y3&Y4)
NW18 Pupils will discover a ‘canary’ in their classroom and work together to make their new arrival feel welcome and safe. This will introduce the history of the 16th century refugees ‘The Strangers’ who introduced canaries to Norwich when they resettled there. ResResources
PSHE/DRAMA Time to flee – 60-90 minutes
NW18 Pupils will look at a case study of displacement and use role play to explore and build empathy with refugee experience. Based upon an Amnesty International activity. Resources
Special thanks to Donna Thompson, our friends at The Friend Ship (Emma & Jack), and Mr Reynolds and Mr Peterson (from Avenue Junior School) for the design and production of these resources.