Becoming a Citizen - Promises, Tests and Celebrations

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Aim –     to be able to understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen

  • To understand that be a   ‘citizen' implies rights and responsibilities
  • To investigate what citizens could be asked to know and do
  • To form a personal opinion on citizenship tests (Lesson 2)


Objective – NC

  • to think about topical political moral, social and cultural issues by analysing information including ICT sources
  • to use their imagination to consider other peoples experiences
  • to justify orally and in writing a personal opinion about such issues (Lesson 2)

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


Group work

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

Pair work

•  Find

•  Scroll down to the opinions sent in by people and pupils carry out this task (on paper)

  Download worksheet here




Task 1

Find these citizenship test questions people have sent in to

Fill in the grid with missing information



Where they live

Suggested citizenship Test Question

Can you answer this? Yes/No



If the plural of 'mouse' is 'mice', what is the plural of 'house'?




Describe the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and the British Isles?




If someone bumped into you in the corridor and it was not your fault, would you still say sorry?




Using the London Underground map, describe how you would get from Golders Green to South Kensington on the London Underground.




Who was the first Prime Minister?





Name the Kings and Queens of England since Queen Elizabeth I?




Before stepping out in the street, which way should you look first?


How many questions could you answer?

What about the other people in your group?



  • How many of you could answer the questions? Would knowing the answer help you to be a citizen?

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.



Email your own ‘test' question to the forum.

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