Below are some teaching ideas for the topics covered by the Moving People, Changing Places website. These ideas can be used to feed into existing schemes of work for a range of subjects.
The Red Cross have produced a toolkit called Positive Images that looks a variety of issues around migration, including migration patterns and stereotyping. These materials could be integrated into the Moving People Changing Places lesson plans to form a full scheme of work.
Positive Images Toolkit
Moving People Changing Places Lesson Plans
In the episode of Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Boys Will Be Boys, there is a young gypsy who has hidden her identity from her employer because she is afraid that they will sack her if they find out who she is. This situation acts as a good starting point for a discussion on identity, stereotyping and discrimination – as do many others from this series.
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Series 2 Episode 4, Boys Will Be Boys
Students look at the timeline of a history of Britain and then annotate a map to show where immigrants to Britain came from and when they migrated. Alternatively, they could be given jumbled information to sort.
Show some or all of the ‘Official Rewind DVD’ video on the Rewind website to students and discuss the outcomes of the ancestry testing – are they surprised at the results? What does this tell them about the history of migration in Britain?
In groups, students work out all of the things that would be needed at a refugee camp (eg access to water, food, shelter etc). There is an activity on managing a refugee camp on the Global Education website.
Show students a piece of artwork and ask them what it tells them about the artist’s identity/what they think the piece is about. They could be provided with prompt cards, information or stories about the artist as a starting point. There are examples of artworks by migrant artists on the Making the Connections website