These resources are intended for use with pupils operating at P levels 1-8. They have been designed as three interlocking parts, from which you may select individual parts to deliver, or time permitting, try to complete all three. Ways of adapting the resources to suit the needs of individual students have been highlighted throughout the resources. As you know your students best, please feel free to fine tune the activities to suit their needs. In keeping with the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, Communities Together: Build a Bridge, each resource comes with suggestions for ways to involve people from other communities. We encourage you to build on these with your students and get as many people involved as possible.
There are three parts to this year’s resources. You can download a printable version of this page here.
Communities Together: Build a Bridge multisensory assembly
Aimed at all ages. This assembly outlines the purpose of commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, emphasising that by remembering bad things we can try to stop them from happening again. It also introduces this year’s theme, asking people to take action and reach out to people in other communities. It is intended to be delivered by a mixture of students, adults and hopefully visitors from other communities.
It is multi sensory and meditative, providing time for contemplation and reflection. Sections from the No Man is an Island work, and Miep’s story can be added to enrich it if time in your setting allows.
No Man is an Island Lesson Plan
Aimed at Primary age students (but can be used in Secondary setting, if appropriate for your students). This lesson, and subsequent movement sequence is based around the famous poem No Man is an Island by John Donne. Through the use of jigsaw puzzles it encourages students to realise that we are all connected, and that when we are so connected we form something greater than the sum of our parts.
The lesson builds on students’ existing incidental learning and is an opportunity to work together, perhaps with new or different people, and celebrate ourselves and our communities. This understanding of connectedness is built upon in the Miep Gies lesson. Doing both lessons will enable students to consolidate their learning.
The life of Miep Gies learning activity
Aimed at Secondary students (but can be used in Primary setting, if appropriate for your students).
This lesson tells the story of Miep Gies, the remarkable woman who hid the family of Anne Frank. Students have the opportunity to take part in a role play of Miep’s life, and then create a jigsaw puzzle depicting her story. This puzzle can be used in the No Man is an Island lesson, giving students the opportunity to revise and consolidate their learning.
The creation of the puzzle is an opportunity to build bridges between students, or even guests from other communities. The conclusion of the lesson asks students to think about making good choices when bad things happen, just like Miep did.