This is a suggested selection of lessons for the broad theme of cultural capital and intercultural learning. For more information on our definitions and understanding of cultural capital in relation to the curriculum and learning in schools, please see here. All resources have been hyperlinked for your ease.
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Lesson: Intercultural understanding
Summary: Indonesia. In this lesson we will meet Ahen who lives in Borneo in Indonesia, and we will discover how to develop intercultural understanding.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 - KS3 PSHE; KS2 - KS3 English
Lesson: The voice of love is music
Summary: Brazil. Meet classical violinist Izandra in Brazil. Discover how Izandra works hard to make classical music accessible to all people and learn about the different families of musical instruments. Izandra is a young black Brazilian woman raised by her grandmother, who encouraged her to attend a local project to learn to play the violin. Izandra now shares her expertise with other low-income youngsters in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, and works to make classical music accessible to all people.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 Music; KS2 PSHE
Lesson: Comparing localities
Summary: Iran. This lesson is part of the Summer Village, Winter Village storyworld. We meet Shahnaz's teacher, Eshmaeil, and find out how he plans to expand the horizons of his students. The main activity has a Geography focus, and involves using Google Earth to compare two contrasting localities
National Curriculum Links: KS2 PSHE; KS2 Geography; KS2 Citizenship
Lesson: Jasmin the fearless (KS2)
Summary: Somaliland. We’ll meet 12-year-old Jasmin, who lived in Finland all her life and is moving ‘home’ to Somaliland with her family. This lesson is suitable for KS2 or KS3 and is a powerful way to look at the experience of navigating between two cultures, as Jasmin is in the position of moving to a homeland her parents identify with, but that is new to her and her siblings.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 - KS3 PSHE
Lesson: Sign languages
Summary: United States. We'll meet Giuseppe and Joeleen in San Francisco and learn how Joeleen communicates. We'll learn how to sign our names in British Sign Language (BSL).
National Curriculum Links: KS2 PSHE; KS2 Citizenship; KS1 - KS3 English
More accessible lesson plans suitable for learners with SEND and/or lower reading ages:
Lesson: Musical professions - Finland
Assembly: Orchestra - Finland
Lesson: Explore secrets of the opera - Finland
Lesson: Visit the ballet studio (accessible) - Finland
Lesson: Virtual school trip - the world
Lesson: Bedrooms around the world (KS1) - Palestine, Denmark and Brazil
Lesson: Forest guardian (accessible) - Philippines
Other ideas for learners with SEND:
Lesson: Life on a Greek island (KS1) - Greece
Lesson: Family life: Muhammed & Amina - Finland
Lesson: Explore Indonesian temples (KS1) - Indonesia
Assmebly: Visit the circus! 🎪 - France and Belgium