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Foundation Phase Resources

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC, we’ve published new lesson plans to help teach children in the foundation phase about their rights.

We’ve also made a brand new childrens’ rights song for schools.

It’s all part of our Bitw Bach project, which has seen us working with schools from across Wales to develop new resources for our youngest learners.

We worked with 13 settings across Wales to shape the lesson plans and resources. We would like to thank teachers and pupils at: Ty Isaf Infants School, Ysgol Gymraeg Coed y GofYsgol Gymraeg GwenllianLlantarnam Community Primary School, Malpas Court Primary School, Ysgol Penrhyn New Broughton Primary, Rachel’s Playhouse, Welshpool Church in Wales.

The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach to Education in Wales

A framework to help education settings put children’s rights at the heart of everything they do:

Poster (happy, healthy, safe)

Poster (Know Your Rights)

Symbols cards

Top Tips (FP version)

 

Bitw Bach

This pack includes eight lesson plans. Throughout the lessons, children will explore the things they need to grow up happy, healthy and safe (their children’s rights).

Download the pack here

Read these top tips for schools

See all our accessible resources

Our Happy, Healthy Safe Poster

Home learning pack

This home learning pack compliments the Bitw Bach pack:

Home learning workpack 

Here I am

These lesson plans have been created as part of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ “Here I Am” project which is celebrating identity.

In these lessons there will be focus on specific children’s rights. The lessons will focus on:

  • Article 2: Everyone has these rights, no matter what
  • Article 8: I have the right to an identity

Here I am Lesson Plans

Project Vote

Although children under 16 cannot vote in the Senedd elections, all children in Wales have the right to be listened to and taken seriously (Article 12).

Children may feel that some of their rights are currently being denied, or they may be passionate about a particular issue, and want to make a change.

We have prepared two lessons on Senedd elections and democracy for you to do in class.

Foundation Phase Lesson Plan

Foundation Phase – Activity 1: Cardiff

Foundation Phase – Activity 2: The Senedd

Each lesson in the Bitw Bach pack begins with the song “We Stand Together”, this song explores children’s rights and talks about the things children need to grow up happy, healthy and safe. The song was written and composed by Sara Lewis, Dyfan Jones and Year 3 from Creigiau Primary School.

The song is a fantastic opener to each lesson and brings a sense of familiarity for pupils. We suggest singing the song in a circle with your class, with you leading actions (you may want to use Makaton Signs).

Read the lyrics

Mae Gennym Hawliau – We Stand Together by Children’s Commissioner for Wales | Free Listening on SoundCloud

These beautiful illustrations were created by 4 Welsh based artists, to help teach children about their rights, organised under the 4 themes of the UNCRC: Development, Survival, Protection, Participation. We’ve put together some suggestions for how to use the picture pack.

See pictures

 

 

Here’s a toolkit to support children’s well-being and rights in the Foundation phase:

Foundation Phase Toolkit