We Are All Connected: Knowing Our Rights

What are our rights – and why are they important?

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Lesson plan


60 minutes

This 60-minute lesson plan explores children’s rights, and invites pupils aged 7–11 to consider why their rights are so important in their lives.

Pupils take part in a collaborative art activity to imagine two different worlds: one in which children don’t have any rights, and one in which children’s rights are known and respected. They will consider how their rights help them to navigate their place in the world, as well as how important it is for people to know their rights – and will also be introduced to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the basis for UNICEF’s work.

Knowing Our Rights is part of We Are All Connected, 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, the nine-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