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

Statutory guidance

  • Nothing relevant for this lesson

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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