Our lesson plans and resources

We have developed a range of lessons and resources. Feel free to download them and make them your own!

KS2 ART/PSHE lesson Welcoming Syrian refugees resettling locally. Make a class card of welcome for Syrian families in your area

Norfolk Welcomes A wide range of assembly and lesson plans for KS1, KS2 and Secondary developed for Norfolk Welcomes 2018


Schools of Sanctuary The Schools of Sanctuary National Pack is full of information and advice on why and how to get involved. schools-of-sanctuary- info- national

There are also links to a wealth of resources on the national Schools of Sanctuary site.

UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency hosts an excellent range of resources for primary and secondary. All materials come in one of 20 EU languages too – potentially good for EAL pupils. website

Norfolk & Norwich

Strangers’ Hall run a series of activities designed for KS2 that explore the experience of the ‘Strangers’ – a group of refugees who fled religious persecution in the Low Countries in the 16th century – and their legacy in Norwich. Tudor Norwich a place of sanctuary

The Friend Ship is an arts, storysharing and volunteer experience project involving the whole community, aiming to raise awareness and understanding of, and support for, people forced to migrate finding a new home in the UK, specifically in Norfolk. The Friend Ship

Norfolk Record Office have an excellent education and outreach service who are able to work with schools to use archive materials to illuminate Norwich’s history as a city of sanctuary. Existing workshops can be delivered for free! This  KS2 workshop explores the chronology of Norwich’s history as a city of sanctuary. They are also able to design and deliver bespoke workshops to explore particular events, individuals or waves of migration. Please contact the Record Office on 01603 222599, or for more information

Norfolk Education Library Service have written us a set of book lists to support schools as they explore the experiences of displaced people with their pupils. There are recommendations for pupils in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

Norfolk Heritage Centre at the Millennium Library holds a wealth of resources relating to the county’s history (including maps, photographs, books and fascinating ephemera) going back centuries. It’s a magical place and it’s free for schools to visit! Staff are happy to host groups to explore archive material relevant to the history of refugees in Norwich and their contribution to Norfolk life over the years. With sufficient notice they are able to tailor your visit to your line of inquiry. For more information email or call 01603 774740.

Discovering Refugee History In Norwich Some information about the history of Norwich as a city of sanctuary. This resource is also available as a pop-up display on loan from Norfolk Record Office NRO-Norwich-refugee-history

Book: Strangers – A History of Norwich’s Incomers by Frank Meeres  This book looks at the contributions incomers have made to the city over many centuries and the role they have played in creating today’s vibrant city. More details here.

If you know of any resources that you think would be useful to share, please let us know and we can share them with the network