Lesson 1: What are human rights?

Children learn about the Human Rights convention and the context in which it was written

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the Human Rights convention

National curriculum

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world > L2. to recognise there are human rights, that are there to protect everyone  (This lesson is based on content from Amnesty International)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could focus on one of the following articles which may be more within their experience – Article 9, 18, 25 or 27.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to explain what happens in this country in relation to the right and to write about some issues relating to the right.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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