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If you have already taken any of our lessons, or if you are interested in using them in your own school, you can look at the subjects that we talk about and the way our lessons work below.

The topics covered are:
· Politics
· Social Issues
· The Environment and Sustainability

Topic One: Politics

Session One:

First Half:
· Introduction
· What is politics? Why are politics important? (Brainstorm)
· Brief explanation of what we mean by politics and why we consider it important
· What would you like in your local area?
· Brief explanation of why Parliament can determine what happens in the local area
Second Half:
· Democracy Game

Session Two:

First Half:
· Recap
· What are your politics? (Brainstorm on what policies the young people would implement if they were in power, based on important issues raised in session one. Debate.)
· ‘Our Politics’ (Explanation of Hands Up For Peace as an example of a protest group)
Second Half:
· Make hands on issues discussed

Session Three:

First Half:
· Recap
· ‘Other People’s Politics’ (Brief look at main policies of main political parties and explanation of terms – i.e. ‘right wing’)
Second Half:
· Visit by local MP (Young people are able to give them hands made in session 2 and to ask questions based on previous debate)
· Distribution of ‘Contact Pack’ (Containing useful websites, MP’s address, and ways to stay in touch with Hands Up through website and letter)

 

Topic Two: Social Issues

Session One:

First Half:
· Introduction
· What are social issues? (Brainstorm including subjects such as racism, sexism and bullying)
· Brief explanation of what we mean by these
Second Half:
· Social Issues Game

Session Two:

First Half:
· Recap
· What are your views? (Brainstorm on how the young people would combat social issues if they were in power, based on important issues raised in session one. Debate.)
· ‘Our Issues’ (Explanation of XXXX as an example of combating social issues)
Second Half:
· Make hands on issues discussed

Session Three:

First Half:
· Recap
· ‘Other People’s Issues’ (Brief look at some pressure groups and some other groups – i.e. BNP, Black Power, Nazis, Slavery)
Second Half:
· Visit by activist (Young people are able to give them hands made in session 2 and to ask questions based on previous debate)
· Distribution of ‘Contact Pack’ (Containing useful websites, addresses, and ways to stay in touch with Hands Up through website and letter)

 


Topic Three: Environment & Sustainability

Session One:

First Half:
Introduction: Who we are, names, basic rules for the day, etc.
Brainstorm: What do we need to live? (food, water, warmth, leisure, waste
disposal, social/ emotional needs)
Extend brainstorm: where do these things come from and which ones are
dependent on the earth and the earth’s natural resources?
Example: Food ? Supermarket ? Animals or Plants ? Water, sunlight and soil.
So how much land do we have?
Brainstorm: What do we use this land for? (What is wasteful?)
Sustainability. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? ‘development which meets the
needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.’ Or in other words ‘we use too much stuff and it wont last’.

Second Half:
Game: OUR FOOTPRINT. (Everyone on the earth leaves different sized
footprints, because some people use more of the earths resources/ energy
than others. In the UK we’d have to have three earths to maintain our use of
land, so our footprint is three times what it needs to be.)
Cut out a footprint 3 X the size of their foot.
What is this footprint made up of?
Is it possible to walk with this footprint tied to your shoe? Why? Why not?
Brief discussion: What can we do to reduce our footprint? To become more
sustainable?

Session Two:

First Half:
Recap on last week.
Brainstorm: What can we do to become more sustainable?
At home?
At school?
In our area?
In the UK?
In the whole world?

Second Half:
Making ‘ideal footprints’.
Fill the footprint with ideas about how to become more sustainable.
(Decorate with illustrations etc: footprints for display or presentation.)

Session Three:

First Half:
Introducing guest: who are they, what are they responsible for, etc?
Preparing questions for guest.

Second Half:
Guest speaker: ask questions and show the ‘ideal footprints’.

(Or: If there is no guest, play the shopping game and talk about food miles)

Downloads

To download resource packs, Click below (you'll need Adobe Acrobat to view)

Politics resource essentials pack (smaller download)

Complete resource pack (larger download)