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On this page, you can find and download all of the assembly materials, plans and resources for A Day of Welcome on Friday 12th June 2020.

These resources should be used in conjunction with the the toolkit for A Day of Welcome (which you can download here). It contains everything you need to plan how to mark the day and lots of supplementary information and resources.

Assembly materials

Download the assembly PowerPoint and accompanying teacher guidance for A Day of Welcome 2020.

An assembly also offers a good opportunity to signpost any events happening in your area
for Refugee Week (15–19th June 2020) that your pupils may be interested in attending
– visit Refugee Week’s website to see what’s on in your area.

Lessons

Lesson Plan 1 – PSHE & Art
‘Welcoming Syrian refugees to your community’
For KS2, and adaptable for KS1, KS3 and KS4
Approx. 60–90 minutes
Pupils will learn a little bit about the war in Syria and the experiences of Syrian people
who’ve been forced to flee their homeland. This introduction leads into pupils working
together to make a whole-class card to welcome a Syrian family who are about to/has
moved to your local area. NB. This resource can easily be adapted to welcome refugees
from parts of the world other than Syria.

Lesson Plan 2 – English/Languages
‘Our school welcomes the world’
For KS2, and adaptable for KS1, KS3 and KS4
Approx. 60–90 minutes
Pupils will consider what might be difficult for child refugees who are resettled
in communities like theirs. They will then reflect on the languages spoken in their
school community before choosing a task that helps makes everyone, whatever
language they speak, feel welcome in their school.

Lesson Plan 3 – Poetry and Art
‘Words of welcome’
For KS2, and adaptable for KS3
Approx. 60-90+ minutes
Pupils will reflect on an animation that tells one child’s story of seeking sanctuary in
the UK. They will then write poetic fragments that encapsulate the welcome message
they would offer someone in the same position as the child whose story they’ve heard.
Pupils will then incorporate their phrases of welcome into artworks to create
a communal visual display.

Lesson Plan 4 – Drama
‘Time to flee’
For KS2, and adaptable for KS3 and KS4
Approx. 60–90 minutes
In this empathy-building exercise based on a resource created by Amnesty International,
pupils will look at a case study relating to displacement, then use role play to explore
the experience of being a refugee.

Short PSHE sessions

PSHE session 1
‘Mythbusting’
For Upper KS2, and adaptable forKS3 and KS4
Approx. 10–20 minutes
Pupils will learn to distinguish between refugees and asylum seekers, explore related
questions, and look at facts that challenge common myths about people who are
seeking asylum.

PSHE session 2
‘What’s in a name?’
For Upper KS2, and adaptable for KS3
Approx. 20–30 minutes
Working in small groups, pupils will consider two poems written by sanctuary seekers
that explore their feelings about living with the label ‘refugee’.

PSHE session 3
‘Why do people become refugees?’
For KS2
Approx. 20–30 minutes
Pupils will discuss the different reasons that people become refugees before considering
the experiences of two children forced to flee their homeland.

PSHE session 4
‘Home is where the heart is’
For Upper KS2
Approx. 20–30 minutes
Pupils imagine what it would be like to flee their homes and have to start a new life
in another country as a refugee.

You can explore more of Amnesty International’s resources that aim to empower
students to defend the rights of refugees by visiting this page of Amnesty’s website.