Learning about rights in Year 2

First steps to rights
First steps to rights

At an Infant School in Andover, Year 2 children have been trialling UNICEF’s First Steps to Rights resource to reflect on what’s essential to life, and issues of fairness.

They have imagined travelling to a new planet and packed a bag to show what they would need to take from earth in order to survive. They decided the most important were: water, food, family, plasters to cover cuts, maps and toys.

They have thought about what makes a good shelter.

They discovered that families all over the world are different but that children and grown ups need to be loved and show love in similar ways.

They have mimed fishing in China, watering plants in Kenya, having water fights in Australia and making a cup of tea in France, and realised they are things we do in England too.

When Oliver found out that some people only have one bucketful of water to use for the whole day he said “It’s not fair, because we get to use as much water as we need by just turning the tap on”.

After their first Rights, Respect and Responsibility lesson Glenn said the first thing he would do in ‘choosing time’ was read more ‘articles’ from the poster of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Case study taken from Developing the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, DfES et al, 2005

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