Secondary Resources

Teaching resources ideal for use with secondary school students at key stages three and four.  

These classroom resources provide ideas and activities for secondary school students. The key stages shown are just a guideline: many of the activities can be adapted for a number of different age groups.

Who Am I?

Am I Average? Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 330 minsGroup

An activity to help explore targets and levels and how they make us see ourselves.

KS3 | 30 Mins | Group

 

Geoscapes of Me Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 315 minsTeacher led

A particpatory activity exploring how your identity links to the place you were born, where your family come from, and other places of significance to identity.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

 

What’s in My Backpack Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 230 minsIndividual

A critical thinking activity that gets learners to think about themselves and explore their own make-up through the metaphor of a backpack.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Individual

 

Who’s Who? Identity Mysteries Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsTeacher led

A quiz-style activity that uses photographs and mysteries to explore how we tell who somebody is.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

I Am Everyone (Case Study and Resources)

Activities and resources based on the “I Am Everyone” Orange advert starring round-the-world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

 

The SL Identity Pack – Secondary Edition

This pack includes six sessions based around Schools Linking’s four key questions: Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? and How do we all live together? The purpose of these lessons is to develop discussion around the concepts of identity, diversity, uniqueness and belonging. This set of lessons is just one way of exploring these discussions.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

 

Who Are We? 

A Boxful of Us Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 215 minsTeacher led

A show and tell activity, that supports a class to explore who they are.

KS2/3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

 

Comfort Lines Download WordDownload PDF

Key Stage 315 minsTeacher led

An activity exploring what makes us feel comfortable that leads to discussion about strategies for facing uncomfortable situations.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

 

Feeling Isolated KS4 Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

Exploring a poem at KS4, written by a teenager exploring the feeling of being isolated and excluded because of who he is – in this case a boy from a Gypsy Traveller community.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Feeling Isolated KS3 Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

Exploring a poem at KS3, written by a teenager exploring the feeling of being isolated and excluded because of who he is – in this case a boy from a Gypsy Traveller community.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Half the Room Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 315 minsTeacher led

An active whole group activity that uses participatory voting to explore who we are and what being in a majority and minority can feel like.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

 

Mapping Who Are We Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsGroup

A simple mapping activity that encourages learners to think about the places that determine who we are.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Who Are We Now? Oral Histories Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsTeacher led

Using comments, memory and extracts from the life story of an elderly lady to think about our own identity, and inspire the collection of further oral histories.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Where Do We Live?

Are cities jungles? Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

Using a poem that evokes the city as a jungle, to inspire creative thinking around the city as place and to explore stereotypes and perspectives.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Google my place Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsGroup

Starter activity using Google Images (or Google Earth) to see our place (the local) from a global perspective.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Homes & habitats Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsGroup

An art activity that allows pupils to compare animal homes with human homes.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Local headlines Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsGroup

Using local newspapers to explore how where we live is represented in the local media.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Our place in the future Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsGroup

Thinking activity that supports learners to consider the future of their place. It introduces the idea of probable and preferable futures and their role as active citizens.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Stories about place Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 230 minsTeacher led

Using stories to help learners explore the way people think and feel about where they live.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

 

Time travellers Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsIndividual

An activity that enables learners to think about their place and their community in terms of time. It investigates connections with the past and with the future.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Individual

 

Virtual communities Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsGroup

An ICT activity in which learners think about the relationship between the Internet and their sense of community.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

What is Britishness?

This short video clip shows a group of students reflecting on the concept of Britishness. This clip could be used as a starter  to begin a conversation with a group of students about British identity.

KS2/3 | Group

 

How Do We All Live Together?

Being New Download WordDownload PDF

An activity which explores how a student, who is new to a school, perhaps having moved from a different part of the country, or even within the same city, feels about their experience.  It is also helpful for students to consider the feelings of those new to an environment, and ways they can welcome them.

The following downloads from the Something Else Resource complement this work:

Something Else Worksheet 1 – What did it feel like to be new – ask students to read the statements on this handout and write down their own experiences.

Something Else Worksheet 2 – What did people do that was helpful – ask students to consider their own and other’s actions and reactions.

All Key Stages | 30 / 60 Mins | Teacher led / Group / Individual

 

Dream City Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsGroup

A visioning activity that asks pupils to imagine how they would like to live together in their ‘dream city’.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

 

Global Connections Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsTeacher led

How are we connected to people/places/cultures in other parts of the world.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Noughts and Crosses

The ideas and resources for this lesson are from the RSC Noughts and Crosses activity pack.

KS4 | Group

 

It Goes Without Saying Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsTeacher led

An activity that explores the hidden or unwritten rules that help us all to live together.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Playing Sports Together Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 230 minsTeacher led

A discussion activity to think about both the friendly and competitive ways in which we play games and sports together.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

 

Sharing Common Goals Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

An activity that uses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to explore the idea of common goals, shared ideals and the ways in which we can help each other to achieve these.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

Silence Seeker – Exploring the Words We Choose Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsTeacher led

A series of activities using the book Silence Seeker by Ben Morley to explore the nature of our local place and how we live together.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

The Island Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

Using The Island by Armin Greder to explore concepts of anger, fear and hostility.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

We Are All Born Free KS2 Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 260 minsGroup

This picture book illustrating the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great way to think about how we all live together, and should respect each others’ rights.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

 

We Are All Born Free KS3/4

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written by the UN after the Second World War and that there are 30 articles in total. These resources are built around the book We Are All Born Free, produced by Amnesty International to help young people explore the human rights enshrined in the declaration.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

 

Where Do We Live Together? Download Word Download PDF

Key Stage 360 minsTeacher led

An activity that looks at the spaces around us and how some are shared by all of us and some are our own.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

 

What Does Assertiveness Mean?

There is a connection to bullying – learning how to be assertive but not aggressive is a key skill that can help prevent bullying. It is equally important for victims, perpetrators and bystanders in any situation where bullying occurs. The lesson ideas in this PowerPoint for secondary students support the development of assertiveness skills.

What Does Assertiveness Mean? PowerPoint [89kb] | PDF [117kb]

KS3/4 | Teacher led