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Peace (Meditation)

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Peace (Meditation)

LT focus: To understand the power of mindfulness and taking time out

Introduction

  • Introduce the topic of meditation- what is it?  What does it involve? Who is involved? Where can it take place? Etc.
  • Introduce the vocabulary that will be used “relax”, Breathe in, breathe out”, “imagine”, “tense” etc.
  • Discuss: When are we most comfortable/relaxed? (sitting, in a quiet area, soft music etc.)
  • Share how they feel right now (prior to meditation)- note some points on the board.
  • Discuss what could happen if we are unable to settle- try to relax, keep eyes closed, stay calm.
  • Explore meditation music, relaxing the body (get comfortable) and lighting

Development

  • Prepare class for meditation by relaxing the body- rolling shoulders, breathing slowly, getting comfortable etc.
  • Set up music and lighting.
  • Begin meditation with the class. If there are pupils not settled, gently remind them to relax and keep eyes closed

Plenary

  • Allow class to wake up slowly from the meditation slowly and continue
  • Discuss the meditation
  • Discuss the feelings they now have- compare to the previous notes made on the board

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Soft music, meditation themed script

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International Day of Peace

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International Day of Peace

LT focus: Learn about people who have made a difference through campaigning and protest (Malala Yousefzai)

Introduction

Ask the children if they know who Malala Yousefzai is.

Explain that we will be learning about Malala and her achievements and why her campaign was so important to young girls today.

Development

In groups of 2 or 3, ask children to access https://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/malalayousafzai.php

on their ipads. Request the children discuss Malala and her achievements under the headings:

Where was she born?

What was her life like growing up?

What happened to her and how did her life change?

What did she do then?

What did she campaign to change?

What did Malala receive as a result of her efforts?

Plenary

  • Ask the children to draft and publish an email to Malala, thanking her for her tireless work.
  • The children could also/instead design a poster displaying her famous quote “When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”
  • Ask the children to google and the word “Peace” in different languages and display these on their poster.
  • Google and research other winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Create a peace pole and display Malala and other Nobel peace Prize winners on it.

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