For its 20th anniversary, Refugee Week is inviting us all to participate in one of its 20 Simple Acts - easy ways of showing support for refugees. And our Welcome Gems workshop will allow you and your pupils the chance to accomplish No. 15 on the list: "Spread the Word"

 

Refugee Week 2017 - Welcome Gems Workshop

The news is often, unfortunately, full of stories recounting how refugees can sometimes be made to feel less than welcome in their host countries and communities. Designed to remind us of the value of shared and positive futures, this emotionally engaging (and safe) workshop uses drama in everyday situations to help pupils consider the impacts of being made to feel unwelcome - before turning this all round by designing their own “Welcome Gems” – a series of vignettes illustrating how being welcoming can improve the well-being and futures of all. And children can go on, of course, to "spread the word" by sharing these with other classes and/or parents and careers!

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

Suitable for: KS2 - KS4

In the UK, Refugee Week (18th 24th June 2018) is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Find out more about Refugee Week by visiting http://refugeeweek.org.uk/about-us/

Refugee Week

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

 

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