Aim – to be able to understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen
Objective – NC
Lesson 1 – Year 7
Discussion of meaning of words “citizen”, “rights” and “responsibilies”.
Show picture of first day at Brockworth or pupils on a first day at school
Ask pupils to describe how they felt when they came to the school
Explain they have become new members of a community – ‘citizens' of Brockworth
In small groups or pairs discuss these questions
What do you think you should know to become a citizen of Brockworth?
What should you promise if you become a citizen of Brockworth?
Task - In groups prepare a Word/Powerpoint presentation with their suggested ‘Citizen of Brockworth' promise
Show collated Powerpoint/Word promises from each group
Show citizenship oath here. Explain this is what people are being asked to promise
The oath itself will run like this:
“I, (NAME), (swear by almighty God/do solemnly and sincerely affirm) that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, her heirs and successors according to law.
I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.”
Ask pupils to consider in pairs (2 mins) how they could reword this oath into everyday English. Take suggestions and scribe
Identify any similarities between their Brockworth promises and the ‘oath'
Explain that government is suggesting that people who are ‘new' citizens should know certain things about English and Britain as well as making the citizenship promise. Explain that people have strong feelings about this. Ask whether they think people should take a test. Record vote
Scroll down to the opinions sent in by people and pupils carry out this task (on paper)
Download worksheet here
Explain that in the next lesson they are going to examine some people's feelings about oaths and tests, decide what they feel and take the vote again.
HomeworkEmail your own ‘test' question to the forum.
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