Becki's family are Travellers and she has changed schools a lot and is worried about her future. Children discuss what they like doing and how these activities relate to their goals and dreams. Includes a photo activity and an interactive CV.
- To provide an opportunity for the children to describe their favourite activities
- To inspire the children to feel that they can set goals to achieve their dreams and ambitions
- To find out what other children of their age enjoy most
- To understand aspects of the work of The Children's Society
Key Stage 2 Citizenship and PSHE
- Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities - 1b,1e
- Preparing to play an active role as citizens - 2a, 2d, 2e, 2i
- Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people - 4b, 4e, 4f, 4g
- Breadth of opportunities - 5b, 5h
Every Child Matters
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
Using the case study materials
This case study features Becki, whose family are Travellers. She has never been to school for very long in one place because there are not enough places for Travellers to stop and they are often moved on by the authorities. By the time we meet Becki she is beginning to feel worried about her future - she knows that without qualifications she will struggle to be independent. One summer her community has the chance to remain in one place for longer than usual. With the help of The Children's Society she is given the chance to volunteer to work in a veterinary practice and to develop her passion for animals into the beginnings of a career.
- Share Becki's story with the whole class. Talk about each of the pictures as you go and invite the children to express their thoughts and ideas about how Becki's life is different from their own.
- Make sure the children understand that a Traveller is someone who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place. Often this is due to a traditional culture that can go back hundreds of years, and is linked to moving from place to place to undertake seasonal work in different locations.
- At the end of the case study, on-screen questions prompt the children to think about the issues raised in the case study.
- Use the discussion questions below to help you gauge the children's level of understanding of the case study.
Suggested questions for discussion
- Describe Becki's living accommodation.
- How do you think Becki felt about moving around all the time? How might you feel?
- Who taught Becki?
- What did Becki like doing?
- How did Becki feel about animals?
- What happened to change Becki's life, and make her feel more confident about getting a job in the future?
- How did The Children's Society help Becki?
Online activity 1: What do you like doing best?
Children create a 'movie' about what they like doing best. The screen provides a series of pictures of the sorts of things children generally enjoy. There is also a blank space in the sequence for them to write in another favourite activity of their own. They drag and drop the pictures into an order of preference and write a short sentence about each one. Clicking on 'start' will turn their sequence into a movie.
Online activity 2: About me
Children create an interactive CV. The emphasis is on their proudest moments and their hopes for the future. The screen gives them a writing scaffold with the following headings:
- I'm good at:
- My proudest moment was:
- When I'm not at school I like to:
- My hopes for the future are:
The children are asked to write about themselves as if they were sending information to a new class teacher. They write their ideas next to the headings in the writing scaffold. When they have completed their CV they can print it out.
Activity sheet 1: Play safe
This sheet asks the children to draw a picture showing where they like to carry out their favourite activity. They then list the things they need in order to feel safe in their chosen environment.
Activity sheet 2: Where do you like to play?
This sheet is designed for the children to record the results of a class or wider school survey based on the question, 'Where do other children in your school like to play?'
Ask the children to prepare a presentation about different environments in which people learn such as home schooling, boarding school or part-time learning.
- Give the children the line, 'In my free time I like to...', and ask them to use it as the first line or the chorus of a poem.
- Compile a picture chart of the children's favourite activities. You could divide the chart into two headings - 'At school' and 'At home'. Invite them to sample someone else's favourite activity and report back.
- Invite the children to bring in photographs of themselves doing something they really love, or at a time in their lives when they felt special, such as riding a horse, having a picnic or going on holiday.
- Organise for the children to create a display for the classroom or corridor about their proudest moments.
- Older or more able children could use Becki's story to write a short play script for two or more actors. They could go on to perform their play to the rest of the class or to children in another class.
- You could ask your class to share some of the outcomes of the activities they have enjoyed in this unit, including the findings of the survey (Activity sheet 2: Where do you like to play?).
- Use this as an opportunity to canvass the children's ideas about what sorts of lunchtime or after-school activities they would like to have. You could set up an action group - perhaps through the school council if you have one - to investigate which of these clubs could actually happen. Who will they need to help them? For instance, sports coaches, artists, parents or governors?
When you have completed this My Life unit with your pupils, you can access a certificate from the Activity sheets box at the top of this page. You can type in the name of each student and print the personalised certificates. No names will be stored by us.