Tolerance and Empathy in Today's Classroom: Building Positive Relationships within the Citizenship Curriculum for 9 to 14 Year Olds


Andrew Hammond

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    This is an activity-based teacher's guide to fostering positive group interaction through imagined experience and discussion at Key Stages 2 and 3. In a series of interactive workshops, each one providing a context, a scenario and a list of characters; pupils are invited to engage in discussion, debate and negotiation to solve problems and meet challenges. The primary focus at all times is the promotion of tolerance, empathy and cooperation, as prescribed in the programme of study and non-statutory guidelines for PSHE and Citizenship. Key transferable skills in oracy, enquiry and problem-solving are introduced and practised through each role-play, with specific links to the National Curriculum attainment targets for Speaking and Listening, and suggestions for extensive cross-curricular work.

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    The CD-ROM contains PDF files, labelled ‘Worksheets.pdf’ which consists of worksheets for each lesson in this resource. You will need Acrobat Reader version 3 or higher to view and print these resources.

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