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Additional Learning Needs Lesson Plans

These lesson plans will help you teach about children’s rights in your class.

They’ve been specifically designed for pupils with additional learning needs, but could work in other settings too.

Lesson one: Introduction to children’s rights

This session will focus on introducing children’s rights and Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Pupils will work together to create and sign a class charter.

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Lesson two: Growing up (Development)

This lesson focusses on the things children need to grow up happy and healthy.

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Lesson three: My Emotions (Development)

In this lesson, pupils will explore what makes them happy.

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Lesson four: Staying Safe (Protection)

In this lesson pupils will talk about the importance of staying safe and will identify a person or place that makes them feel safe.

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Lesson five: People who can help us (Protection)

This lesson will focus on people who help pupils in their school and local community.

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Lesson six: Have your say (Participation)

In this lesson, pupils will develop pupil voice and have their say either by sharing their experiences or by sharing issues that affect them in school.

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Lesson seven: It’s the taking part that counts (Participation)

This lesson can be repeated until the whole class has had the opportunity to share their favourite activity.

This lesson encourages pupils to take part and try something new and celebrates their achievements.

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Extra resources will depend on pupils choices

Lesson Eight: Treasure Hunt (Survival)

This is a fun lesson for pupils to explore their rights, working as a team pupils will have to find their rights on a treasure hunt around your school.

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Lesson nine: build your own den/ shelter (Survival)

This lesson is another fun session for pupils to reinforce their learning over the past 8 sessions. Pupils will work together to create a den.

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Lesson ten: Plenary

This lesson is an opportunity for pupils to share their learning, celebrate their achievements, and complete their My Rights Booklet.

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