The Right Start

Human Rights Education in the Primary School

KS1: ages 5-7PDF

The Right Start is the first 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 4-7-year-old children by a team of experienced and practising teachers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 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 Right Start enables children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class (Republic of Ireland) and Primary 1 to Primary 3 (Northern Ireland) to equip themselves with such ‘soft skills’ that will encourage them to develop an active respect for their own and other’s human rights. These skills are grouped around the five main themes of empathy, communication, cooperation, respect and responsibility and conflict resolution. Each theme is comprised of lessons graded according to level of complexity, from those suited to the very youngest in the school to those which will challenge the older children.

Other books in this series include Lift Off 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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