KS2 ART/PSHE lesson: Welcoming Syrian refugees resettling locally

Welcome Syrian families resettling in your area by getting your class to send them a welcome card

In September 2015 the UK Government Prime Minister announced an additional 20,000 Syrian refugees would be resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Since then 50 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Norwich and Norfolk County Council have recently agreed to resettle a further 100 by 2020.

The first 50 refugees who come to Norwich were families with small children. To welcome them to Norfolk, classes from Avenue Junior School and Wensum Junior School in Norwich, made cards with messages of solidarity, friendship and welcome that were placed in their new homes for their arrival.

In order to welcome the next set of families in the same way we have produced a resourced lesson for other Norfolk schools to do the same. If you would like your class to create a welcome card please follow the lesson and then send  your completed cards to Jake Rose-Brown at Avenue Junior School, Avenue Road, Norwich, NR2 3HP.

Resources for welcome cards for Syrian families resettling under VPR scheme

Please include the name of your school and class somewhere in/on your card and feel free to edit, improve and alter the lesson in any way you see fit. We made our cards with A2 card but you can do yours in whatever way you see fit.

Please note that this resource would be easily adapted for other places in the UK. So if your school also has Syrians resettling locally under the VPR scheme and you would like to welcome them please feel free to use this resource and get in touch with your local authority in order to get the card to them.

It’s a lovely way to welcome these people to our country and a great way to help our pupils make sense of what is happening in Syria and to help them better understand the experiences of sanctuary seekers.