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Martin Luther King day


Martin Luther King Day

LT focus:

To develop and create an awareness of core values such as co-operation, freedom, honesty, love, peace, respect, responsibility, kindness, caring, safety and security.


To understand the meaning and importance of equality


Before mentioning Martin Luther King, pass around some treats to only half the class (could be just the boys/girls).  After a few minutes ask who did not get a treat and how this made them feel. Explain that this is an example of being inequality/ treated unfairly. Explain that today they will be learning about a man who did not like inequality.


Use PowerPoint about Martin Luther King to introduce him to the class. Discuss and refer back to treats at the beginning of the lesson; this will help with their understanding of how people were treated and why Martin Luther King spoke out.

Role play/drama examples of inequality. Record on the Ipad and watch back. What was unfair about this scenario? What should have happened instead?


Give treat to all children who missed out previously. Finish by recapping what we can learn from Martin Luther King and how we can use this in our daily lives.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Martin Luther King PowerPoint

Use of the Ipad to video record drama

Picture book

Be a king: Dr Martin Luther King Dream and You

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans.

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