Key Stage 2 resources

It is up to you how you mark Norfolk Welcomes. You may just hold an assembly, have a one-off lesson or decide to raise some money . Alternatively you may decide to have a whole-day off curriculum or commit to a longer piece of learning.

Whatever you decide you should find all you need to celebrate the day below!

Norfolk Welcomes assembly

Download  Key Stage 2 Assembly

Fundraising page

We are encouraging participating schools to hold a non-uniform day in order to raise funds for local refugee and asylum seeking communities. Find out more by clicking here.

Short activities

Based on Amnesty International resources, these short activities (10-30 minutes) are ideal for starting the conversations with your pupils about what it means to be a sanctuary seeker and building understanding of their experiences. Just choose one or do  several over a few days in the run up to Norfolk Welcomes . To view and download the resources click here.

Lessons or schemes of work

Norfolk Welcomes is underpinned by historical research exploring Norfolk as a place of sanctuary. We have produced a range of lessons inspired by this research. Click here to view and download these resources.


Books can be a powerful and interesting way of engaging children with refugee experience. We have a range of book suggestions and accompanying activities to facilitate that. Click here to find out more and download the resources.

Tom Palmer’s Pitch Invasion

Children’s author Tom Palmer supports Norfolk Welcomes. His book Pitch Invasion features two football-crazy Syrian brothers. Click here to learn more  – video extract and teaching resources to follow

Other recommended resources

Watch the award winning CBBC documentary, The Boy on the Bicycle, with your class. In it you will go on an unprecedented tour, guided by 16-year-old Syrian boy Ahmed, through one of the biggest refugee camps in the world, Zaatari in Jordan. This half an hour programme is suitable for all ages and is an excellent way to explore life in a refugee camp and introduce some background to the Syrian conflict. There is also a sequel that revisits Ahmed and his friends in the camp two years on to see how their lives have changed.

BBC Seeking Refuge series Five animated stories giving a unique insight into the lives of young people who have sought refuge in the UK, told by the children themselves. These powerful and moving films explore themes such as separation and persecution – as well as adapting to a new life in Britain – in a way that is accessible for younger viewers.