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About Citizenship In Primary Education

Do you know why it's so important to teach citizenship studies to primary aged children?
Citizenship studies are a requirement by law in primary schools as of 2015. Photo on Visualhunt.com

The site TeachingCitizenship.Org.Uk explains that "In primary education, Citizenship is part of a non-statutory National Framework. There is a framework for citizenship at key stages 1 and 2 that sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills that should be taught. [...]

Some primary schools may choose to provide Citizenship as a discrete subject, others opt for a joint programme, teaching the subject alongside PSHE. Opportunities for Citizenship can also be planned as part of other subjects. For example, a school might decide to address particular Citizenship issues through the discussion of stories as part of their approach to teaching literacy."

During lessons, teachers will aim to engage children in interesting and natural discussions exploring topical and controversial issues. This helps them to think critically about the world they live in, thus helping them "make informed decisions, judge bias, recognise and respect different perspectives and begin to formulate, articulate and defend their developing views and values."

The Best Resources For Citizenship Studies

Below are just a few of the best websites and resources we found for Primary School Teachers with Citizenship Studies within their remit.

1. Citizenship: Using Democracy

Citizenship: Using Democracy: This site, offered by BBC Scotland, teaches children about the meaning of democracy. It is meant to be used in class in groups, though kids can also have fun at home with the help of their parents. The site has both Flash and html versions, though we definitely recommend the former for a more dynamic experience. The site teaches children how to solve issues while keeping in mind the good of the entire community. For instance, in the first activity offered, children are asked to decide how money awarded to one particular community for good work, should be spent.

Children may learn specific life lessons about the value of community.
Citizenship studies encourage children to consider community and how we can help others. Photo on Visualhunt

Children are encouraged to listen to a number of different groups/businesses, and to come to the most equitable solution – in this way, they discover that being a good citizen often involves the difficult process of decision making! Teachers, meanwhile, are provided with a set of notes that describes all the different activities and the goals involved (i.e. identifying the difference between needs and wants, differentiating between formal and informal rules in society and resolving conflicts).

2. Dinesydd Da (Good Citizen)

Dinesydd Da (Good Citizen): This lovely site, part of a collection of Welsh language sites aimed at children aged 7-11, dives straight into a host of entertaining yet educational activities which call upon children to solve problems like how to restore a run-down park, create a useful playground and reduce levels of mischievousness in the neighbourhood.

3. Primary Resources

Primary Resources: This site contains a wealth of Powerpoint presentations, Word activity sheets and PDF materials, on an array of PSHE/Citizenship topics, including making and choosing friends, avoiding detrimental behaviour like bullying and discrimination, making choices and resolving conflicts productively, adapting to change, pursuing goals, staying healthy and safe and being aware of global issues. Since the resources are uploaded by different teachers, each varies in terms of style and content, so the site will take a few minutes to surf through before you find the material you are after.

4. Go-Givers

Go-Givers: This vibrant site includes free resources and lesson plans for teachers, resources and support for parents and a fun Kids Zone area, featuring fun games, activities, quizzes, blogs and even a theme song promoting citizenship skills. The site encourages parents to volunteer and become active in fundraising for charity, and teaches children about decision making, taking responsibility for their actions, and doing their share to ease the plight of suffering children across the globe.

5. Persona Dolls

Persona Dolls: This resource comprises four dolls of different ethnicities, which can be loaned out for short periods to schools. Each doll has its own personality, life history, likes and dislikes and they ask children to help them with problems that have arisen. The dolls are meant to encourage children to challenge the prejudices and stereotypes that form part of discrimination, to help children understand how their actions and words can sometimes hurt others, and to encourage them to defend those who are being unfairly treated.

Transferrable Skills To Focus On In Citizenship Studies

Teaching Citizenship is a requirement in primary schools, a rule which came into force in 2015 for private schools. But what are the benefits of teaching it to young learners?

Students will benefit from a range of skills when exploring this subject, including understanding cultural values related to Britain, and to get to know more about the UK Government and what it is responsible for.

It is important for kids to learn about how our government works from an early age.
Your Citizenship students will begin to understand more about the UK government and the decisions it makes for the country. Photo credit: Defence Images on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-SA

It helps them to develop important skills like better communication, more initiative and the ability to interact socially, not forgetting working as a team.

Elements of Citizenship studies can be found across the entire primary curriculum, which means that the subject offers many transferrable skills which can be great tools for the present but also for future learning.

"Citizenship is the only subject in the national curriculum that teaches about the way democracy, politics, the economy and the law work." - YoungCitizens.Org

Just some of the subjects that could benefit from knowledge gained through Citizenship studies are Maths, English and History, and this boost could also enhance your school's rankings.

We hope that you have found our list useful. Of you have any that you would like to add, please feel free to tell us about them in the comments section.

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