Lift Off

Introducing Human Rights Education Within the Primary Curriculum

KS2: ages 7-11PDF

Lift Off is the second in the series of Lift Off materials, which have been developed for use in the primary school classroom to promote understanding and respect for human rights. It has been written for 8-10 year old children by a team of experienced and practising teachers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Lift Off enables children in 3rd and 4th class (Republic of Ireland) and Primary 4 and Primary 5 (Northern Ireland) to learn about human rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Child and to explore the principles underpinning these rights. This resource complements the primary curriculum on both sides of the border and in particular helps meet the aims of SPHE (in the Republic of Ireland) and PDMU (in Northern Ireland).

The Lift Off book is based on an outer space character called CROC (Convention on the Rights of the Child). CROC is from another planet and comes to earth for the purpose of finding out about our lives. The children engage with CROC by responding to its questions and examining some of the problems it encounters while here on earth. The materials begin with CROC arriving on earth in a spaceship. During its time here, CROC has to report to its High Council on what it is learning. When CROC finally leaves, it takes with it the commitment of each child to promote human rights and responsibilities … this is the final LIFT OFF.Teachers have reported that their classes loved the idea of CROC and that it has worked exceptionally well as a tool for exploring human rights.

Other books in this series include The Right Start and Me, You, Everyone. All three books in the Lift Off series have been written and piloted by primary school teachers drawn from the INTO (Irish National Teachers’ Organisation) and UTU (Ulster Teachers’ Union). They have been compiled in line with curricular changes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and with an awareness of the practical challenges facing teachers in the classroom.


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