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What is a conscience?

Topic: What is a conscience?

Learning Outcomes

  • To know what a conscience is.
  • To develop empathy.
  • To understand right from wrong.



  • Stimulus: YouTube Link (Conscience Alley video)
  • Higher and Lower order questioning about the video.
  • Prior Knowledge – relate questions to life experiences/situations .
  • Use of WALT and WILF to share the intended learning outcomes of today’s lesson.


  • Write a situation on the board – Your in the middle of reaching a high score on the video game. Your dad tells you to turn off the video game and do your homework. You pretend you don’t hear him. Would you listen to him or go against him?
  • Inform the students of the situation and discuss with the class – What do they think? For or against?
  • The class will be divided into groups of for and against.
  • The class teacher picks a student to walk down the formed alley in the classroom. The ‘for’ and ‘against’ groups stand directly across from each other .
  • The student walks down the conscience alley to listen to every student as they give their opinion.
  • The students listens to each opinion, as they arrive to the end of the alley, ‘he/she’ makes a decision on whether they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ the situation and explains why.
  • All the students go back to their seats to discuss the right from the wrong in that situation.
  • Write down what their ‘conscience’ or ‘thought’ was.


  • The teacher will ask what was learned in today’s lesson – New words, new thoughts, have they ever being in a situation of ‘choice’ like that before.
  • The teacher will ask two students to collect the written work.
  • Tidy for next lesson.


Other Resources for teaching this topic

  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • YouTube video

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Voting process (Student Council/Green Schools)

Topic: Voting process (Student Council/Green Schools)

Learning Outcomes

-participate in the life of the school e.g. through having a voice on the Student Council and the Green School Committee.



    Watch the YouTube video about democracy:

    Write the term, ‘Student Council’ on the board and create a mind-map of everything the term means to the children based on their past experience.

    Define what the student council is and its role in the school community. Use examples from previous members and photographs from school events which were organised by the student council.

    Explain key vocabulary to the children including the words – democracy, candidate, vote, election, choice, ballot, preference.




    Watch the YouTube video about voting and elections:

    Look at recent election materials – posters, slogans etc.

    Explain to the children, that we are going to have a class election for our Student Council representative.

    Together we will set a date for the election and display it clearly in our class.

    Each child who is running as a candidate will create their own candidate poster using Google Slides or on a sheet including their own photo. The posters will be displayed in class as they are finished.

    Children not running for the election, will come up with  a list of questions for the class candidates and these will then be presented in Google Docs with space to record their answers.  The questions will be asked and answers recorded and displayed in class also.

    The children’s posters and answers will be displayed on the Class Do Jo page so the children can read the answers at home and in school. The children will decide which candidate they will vote for.


      On the day of the vote, a ballot box will be created in the classroom. Each child will tick their preference on their ballot sheet.

      The count will be completed by the teacher.

      The results will be announced in class the following day, with the results shared on the Class DoJo page.

      Candidates will congratulate / commiserate with each other accordingly.

      We will remove posters and discuss how to reuse the paper/materials.


      Other Resources for teaching this topic

      Candidates will use Google Slides to create their posters and type up their slogans.

      Children will type up a question for their candidate on Google Docs and record their candidates answer.

      iPad will be required for photographs, to create posters and record questions and answers.

      YouTube videos on democracy and on voting in Ireland.