Teaching resources

Pupils using the resource in the classroom

Pupils from Hope Academy, Merseyside learning about slavery using this resource. Courtesy of Pete Carr, on behalf of National Museums Liverpool.

The resources in this section include five structured lesson plans: two for upper Key Stage 2 (ages 10-11), and three for Key Stage 3 (ages 12-14).

Some of the lessons use worksheets and case studies:

Lesson plans and the curriculum

These lesson plans have been developed to support the Citizenship curriculum but you may wish to build on them to plan additional sessions on this topic in other areas of the curriculum such as English, Religious Education and Art.

At key stage 2 the (non-statutory) Citizenship curriculum encourages pupils to explore and debate topical issues, to reflect on moral issues, to consider how laws are made and enforced, and understand the role of pressure groups. A study of contemporary slavery meets all of these aims. See how the resource supports key stage 2 in more detail.

At key stage 3 the statutory Citizenship curriculum has a more explicit emphasis on justice, rights and responsibilities, and the roles of organisations and governments. It encourages pupils to explore topical and controversial issues and take informed and responsible action on them. Again, a study of contemporary slavery meets these objectives well. See how the resource supports key stage 3 in more detail.

The knowledge conveyed through the lessons supports “Education about Citizenship”, and the values and skills they develop support the ideas of “Education for Active Citizenship”.