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Human Rights resources
KS2/3 History Christmas Themed resources
Object of the Month: WW1 Chocolate Box
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December 2015

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From the My Learning Team
Teaching Human Rights?

To mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, this month's featured resource is packed with ideas and resources to help you teach topics such as:
  • modern day slavery
  • identity and diversity
  • campaigning
  • racism and discrimination
A good starting point would be the Teachers' Notes page where you will find links to the different sections of the resource and its highlights, including:

Recommended by Teachers

KS2/KS3 History

A charity called the Overseas Club was set up in 1915 to supply men on the Front Line with Christmas gifts to raise their spirits. 
They sent out an appeal to schoolchildren, asking them to raise money so that gift boxes could be purchased and sent to servicemen.
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The money raised was used to fill the boxes with small, useful presents to make soldiers' lives more comfortable, such as socks, chocolates and cigarettes (at the time people did not realise that smoking caused health problems). Children who raised over a certain amount of money received a certificate praising their efforts (pictured above).

Teachers' panel comments:
'Easy to read and use!

'Useful ideas for discussion and activities. I would recommend this resource as 'a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066' .

'I would use this resource during PSHE or assembly to persuade children to donate to charity at Christmas time, or any other time during the year'. 
Joanne Karlsson
Year 3 Teacher and Lower KS2 Phase Leader
Object of the Month
 York Museums Trust
This chocolate is over 100 years old! Chocolate tins like this one were sent to all First World War servicemen from York who were on the Front Line during Christmas 1914. It was a gift from the Lord Mayor of York and Oscar Rowntree.
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