Sunday, 9 August 2015

Challenging homophobia: Prince Henry by Olly Pike                                    lesson plan by Andrew Moffat
Text: Prince Henry – Olly Pike
Year Group: Year 2, 3, 4
Learning Intention: To speak up when I think something is wrong
Success Criteria: I know why we have rules / I know I can speak up if I think something is unfair/ I can discuss rules with my friends
Starter: Put “the law” on the board. In talk partners discuss :
1.     What laws or rules do we have in our school 
2.     Why are laws important?
3.    Can laws be changed?
Main: Read “Prince Henry” or watch it on the PopnOlly website: stop after Thomas says no to Prince Henry so the last line is “Who knows, maybe in one year or five or ten I will ask you to marry me” 
Discuss: In talk partners children discuss, what was the story about?
Who does Prince Henry want to marry?
Why doesn’t the king want Prince Henry to marry Thomas? Is that fair?
How does Prince Henry change his father’s mind?
Why doesn’t Thomas say yes to Prince Henry?
What do you think of this ending?
Role play: In the story the king changes his mind about the law in his land, and he then makes things fair by ripping up the old laws and writing new ones. Show the children a pile of papers and say these are some laws for our school but they have got mixed up. Some of the ideas don’t belong in our school, and some of the ideas do belong. Can the children help you to sort the laws out? Keep the laws we agree with in our school and rip up the laws we don’t agree with.
Put the laws face down in a pile in the middle of a circle. Children come to the centre of the circle one at a time, pick up the top one and read it out. For each law the class decide, do we agree or should it be ripped up? After discussing each, ask the children, “What shall we do with it?” and have the children shout either, “Keep it” or “Rip it up!”
Use the following laws: (simple answers in brackets)
In our school there must be only one religion (no, we welcome all religions)
In our school everyone must have the same eye colour (no, all eye colours welcome)
In our school you can be Black, White or Asian (yes, everyone welcome)
In our school all families must be the same (no, different families welcome - mum and dad, two mums, one mum, one dad, two dads, grandparents, foster families etc)
In our school girls can only be friends with other girls (no we are friends with everyone)
In our school football is only for boys (no, football is for everyone)
In our school we must all look the same (no, we are all different)
People who are different do not belong in our school (no, we like everyone and we are all different in some way)
People who speak a different language are welcome in our school (yes, it’s great to be friends with different people)
Prince Henry and Thomas are welcome in our school (yes, everyone is welcome in our school. Ask the children what’s different about Prince Henry and Thomas and ensure children use the word gay. Reinforce that gay people, along with any people are welcome at our school)
People born in another country are not welcome in our school (yes they are. Everyone is welcome)
In our school there are no outsiders (correct, no one is left out or excluded)
Activity: Choose and record three rules for our school that you think are important, or re-write the rules we ripped up so that they fit in our school.
Plenary: Do you think Prince Henry and Thomas ever did get married? Why didn’t Thomas want to get married? When might he be ready?
Read or watch the rest of the story. What does “Their love was always equal” mean?
A few years ago people who were gay were not allowed to get married in the UK but now the law has changed. Why did the law change? Why is it important to allow everyone to get married if they want to?
AFL questions: Children complete the following sentences:
Sometimes laws need to be changed because….
I am proud of the laws in our school because we say…

For 35 lesson plans based on picture books see, “No Outsiders in ourschool: teaching the equality act in primary schools” by Andrew Moffat. 

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