Blocks 

 

We know that teaching political and social issues can be difficult to navigate and is often squeezed into the gaps in school day. To help teachers out we have created Blocks, a series of 20 minute activities that fit into an assembly or form time. Alternatively, the Blocks can be linked up to make full lessons on the big issues of 2017. 

 
 
 

Slides

 
 
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What is devolution? 

These slides provide an introduction to regional devolution. They are based on the Greater Manchester context but some elements have a wider relevance. 

Age Range: 11-18 years old

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

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What powers will the Greater Manchester Mayor have? 

These slides are an extension of the "What is devolution?" slide deck and provide some detail on the role of the new Mayor. 

Age Range: 11 -18 years old

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

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Who protects my rights?

These slides guide students through an activity to establish who the key actors are that are responsible for protecting their rights.

Age Range: 11-18 years old  

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

Who protects my rights? Part 2 - British Values extension

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These slides follow on the "Who protects my rights?" slides and explore the relationship between Rights and British Values. These slides are more advanced and are best used with older students. 

Age Range: 14-18 years old 

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes)

 
 
 
 

Worksheets

 
 
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Mega Mega phone

A resource to help students map their voice by making megaphones. Although this exercise can be completed as one 20 minute block we advise making this a double-block activity to leave time for discussions. Instructions are  included on the worksheet. 

Printing Guidance: Best printed on A4 Card 

Age Range: 11-18 years old

Length: 1/2 Blocks (20/40 minutes) 

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Candidate Map

This Candidate Map helps students to explore the role of specific candidates in any election. Depending of the ability of the students there are guidance sheets to support students to fill-in the information. Extension activities are included in the teacher guidance.  

Printing Guidance: Candidate Mapping sheet - A3, Fill-in Guidance A4. 

Age Range: 11-18 years old

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

 

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Human rights scenarios

Three scenario's that help students to explore some of the challenges and tensions of human rights. 

Age Range: 14 -18 years old

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

Greater Manchester IDENTITY

This map are a great way to help students start a conversation about their area and how they relate to their geographical identity. This activity can be used with the Greater Manchester accent map in the identity brush-up toolkit. 

Age Range: 11-18 years old 

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

European IDENTITY

These maps are a great way to help students start a conversation about their area and how they feel about their geographical identity in relation to Brexit.

Age Range: 11-18 years old 

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes) 

Identity Tiles

These tiles can be used in  a variety of activities to help students to explore aspects of their identity. Please see the teacher guidance for the full list of activities.

Printing Guidance: If you want to reuse these tiles they are best printed on card. 

Age Range: 11-18 years old

Length: 1 Block (20 minutes)