The World Around Us: My Voice in the World

What makes my thoughts and opinions important?

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Lesson plan


60 minutes

This learning resource invites pupils aged 7–11 to explore their opinions and how they relate to the wider world.

This lesson plan begins by inviting pupils to ‘mime an object’ and use their creativity to turn it into something else – before a short drama activity in which they will give their inanimate object a voice. With reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the basis for UNICEF’s work worldwide, children will explore the value of their own voice in how they relate to others and their opinions about things that matter to them.

My Voice in the World is part of The World Around Us, a set of five 60-minute learning resources exploring children’s values and rights. Developed for Dreamachine by A New Direction in partnership with UNICEF UK, this eight-page PDF lesson plan includes plenty of prompts for discussions, plus links and resources for further learning.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Citizenship, Personal, Social & Health Education
Key Stage: KS2

Northern Ireland:
Personal Development & Mutual Understanding
Key Stages: KS1, KS2

Health & Wellbeing, Social Studies
Levels: First Level, Second Level

Expressive Arts, Health & Well-being, Humanities
Progression Steps: PS2, PS3