Lesson plans

Overview

Choose from a range of lesson plans, specifically designed to support the citizenship curriculum.

Click the tabs above to filter the lessons plans by your key stage.

Each lesson has its own set of supporting resources, including presentations, worksheets and handouts.

Key Stage 2


Key stage 2


Suffragettes
A lesson which asks students to think about the inequalities faced by women in the past and to be aware that action can bring about change.

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Guy Fawkes
The Gunpowder Plot forms a useful vehicle for discussing responsible and informed citizenship in these two sessions. What can and should people do if they wish to engage with Parliament to bring about change?

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Gunpowder Plot assembly resource

The arrest of Guy Fawkes, courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsGive your students a crash course in the Gunpowder Plot with this colourful, illustrated, easy-to-follow powerpoint presentation - perfect for assemblies.

 

Budgeting
Budgeting on a personal and national level, including other people’s points of view and the outcomes of their decisions.

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Key Stage 3


Key Stage 3


Suffragettes
A series of questions ask students to consider the methods and effectiveness of action undertaken by suffragettes to promote their cause.

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DIY laws
Two lessons that demonstrate how laws are made. What stages does a bill go through in order to become an Act of Parliament?

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People and Parliament

Two sessions that look at how people become MPs and peers. The lessons also look at MP and peer roles roles and how these relate to the democratic process. 

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Key Stage 4


Key Stage 4


Suffragettes

Students create a balanced newspaper article and discuss topics such as militant action, imprisonment, force feeding and the Cat & Mouse Act. 

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Parliament and government
This lesson explores the roles of Parliament and government, and explains the difference between the two institutions.

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How laws are made
This lesson will work well as a follow-up to the 'Parliament and Government' lesson. It goes into more detail about the many different stages a bill must pass through to become a law.

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Types of government
An introduction to the many different forms of government, including the central concepts and key differences.

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Voting
Two sessions on the voting rights of UK citizens today, the fact that these have developed over time and that certain groups of people have struggled to gain the vote in the past.

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Printed resources

View our range of free printed resources for key stages 2 to 4, available in English and Welsh to download from our website or order for your students.

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards

Discover how Parliament works and find out all about elections and voting with our interactive whiteboard classroom resources. 

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