Holocaust Memorial Day, marked all over the world, is one of the most important days in the calendar. It takes a different theme each year - and in 2019, on and around January 27th we’re able to offer three different programmes to primary and secondary schools, all designed to explore the theme of "Torn From Our Homes?" - and all accommodating up to 30 pupils at a time.
All Holocaust Memorial Day School Workshops are adapted to suit the age range / key stage and ability level of the class.
A Home is More Than a House (KS1 – 4)
Thinking positively about the value of "home"
Whilst great efforts are made to rehouse those genocide survivors torn from their homes,
it can take many years of struggle to build a new "home". Thinking about this, A Home is More Than a House starts with an activity designed to support pupils in considering and sharing what "home" means to them - and what people torn from theirs might miss. Moving on to an exploration of ways that images, colours, patterns and textures can all represent feelings, it culminates in students working collaboratively to create a powerfully evocative display – spelling out the phrase, “A Home is More Than a House”.
Duration: 1½ hours – half a day, depending on your needs (shorter workshops might require you to devote additional time to allow students to complete their work)
Exploring: emotional wellbeing, art media, presentation (and, for upper KS2 onwards, testimonials from Holocaust survivors)
Cross-Curricular Links: Maths, Literacy, History, Geography, MFL, Art, DT, Drama, RE.
Welcome Gems (KS2 - 4)
Reflecting on ways we can make newcomers feel at home
The news is often, unfortunately, full of stories recounting how words and deeds have made survivors of persecution feel less than welcome as they try to build homes in their host countries and communities. Designed to remind us all that “life” is about more than simply existing, this emotionally engaging (and safe) workshop uses drama in everyday situations to help students consider the impacts of being made to feel unwelcome. Reflecting on how we can help stop others feeling this way, they then turn this all around by designing their own “Welcome Gems” - a series of vignettes illustrating how being welcoming can improve the well-being of all.
Duration: 1½ hours – half a day, depending on your needs
Exploring: empathetic thinking, speaking and listening skills (and, for upper KS2 onwards, testimonials from survivors of persecution)
Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, History, Geography, MFL, Drama, RE, PSHE
Anne Frank: Adjusting to an Unwanted Home (KS2 upwards)
A true story of determination and co-operation
This workshop uses a range of drama activities to explore how Anne Frank, her family and friends were forced to make a secret home in the Second World War. Pupils will consider what the Franks did to turn an attic into a home and the constraints they were forced to live under - before identifying the factors that turn a building into a home.
Duration: 1 - 2 hours, depending on your needs and the number of groups we work with.
Exploring: uses of space, relationships, the Holocaust in context.
Cross-Curricular Links: History, Geography, Literacy, Drama, RE