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Learning about Human Rights in the Primary School


This pack of ten interactive lesson plans for children aged 5-11 focuses on key development issues such as global and fair trade, inequality and poverty, children’s and human rights and identity in an engaging and accessible way.

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This activity pack is divided into two sections: five activities for 5-7 year olds and five for 7-11 year olds. Most of the activities only require printing out some resource sheets, while some others require a sports hall, oranges or some paper plates for example.

The activities are as follows:

Ages 5-7:

  1. The tale of the orange juice (about Fair Trade and the food supply chain)
  2. One for you, three for me (about food consumption and inequality)
  3. Fair play? (about what is ‘fair’ and ‘unfair’)
  4. Rights in the classroom (about what makes a respectful environment)
  5. Exploring identity (about why everyone is unique and important)

Ages 7-11:

  1. We are all born free (about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
  2. Right up your street (about human rights in everyday life)
  3. Children’s rights picture quilt (about children’s rights)
  4. Refugees – they cam because they had to (about the refugee experience)
  5. Action for human rights (about standing up for those in need and letter writing)

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Download the resource pack Learning about human rights in the Primary School.

  • While this resource was designed for UK key stages 1 and 2, it is easily adaptable to the Irish primary school curriculum (particularly to SESE and SPHE).
  • Also available in Welsh.