“Child Migrant Stories are a brilliant starting point for discussions around migration, refugees, welcoming and belonging in the classroom” (Teacher)
The Child Migrant Stories teaching resources have been developed with and for educators for use in classrooms, heritage sites and other informal learning spaces across the UK.
How to use the resources
Each resource relates to four (10-20 minute) films.
They include resources that outline specific activities for KS2 – KS5 pupils, with links to the National Curriculum, and for adult ESOL learners, high entry-level and above. Please press below to be taken straight to the resources:
Teacher guidance/lesson plans and worksheets are organised in separate folders according to film title and curriculum level in both PDF and Word formats, to enable you to adapt the worksheets according to your student needs. The contextual material provides background historical and political information about the various global conflicts mentioned in the films as well as the more individual factors that have influenced child migrants’ lives. This material is to help teachers familiarise themselves with the material, design and lead classroom discussion. Teachers can also access additional profiles about people who have migrated as children on the website at childmigrantstories.com/stories
Why teach about child migration?
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced, broadly based and promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. These videos are a brilliant way of engaging with these core principles. Young people are growing up in a world where themes related to migration are often seen as controversial and are exposed to an increasingly polarised debate about migration. Schools are a key environment where themes and issues of migration can be explored safely.
We have indicated how the various activities link to the national curriculum, but if you require further information the Migration Museum has produced a useful short document summarising where migration related themes are found in the revised curriculum now being taught in maintained schools.
The ESOL lesson plans include activities for before, during and after watching the videos. They include grammar activities as well as opportunities for discussion, vocabulary development, reading and writing. Whilst it is possible to follow the lesson plan in the suggested order, teachers should choose those activities which suit the needs of their learners, as well as, of course, within the class time available.
Teaching sensitive or controversial subjects
Teachers should be sensitive to their learners’ emotions and take their personal histories into account. There are various sources of advice on dealing with sensitive and often controversial topics in the classroom. These include advice from the project Moving Here that is well summarised here by the Migration Museum on migrationmuseum.org/advice-for-teachers. Oxfam have also produced a 15 page pack on Teaching Controversial Issues that discusses the skills needed, the setting of ground rules and the role(s) of the teacher in discussions as well as suggesting activities on global citizenship topics.
These resources have been developed by Atin Wickham, Liberty Melly and Jessica Rosenfield, supported by Emma Winch and Josie Stevens at Hackney Museum, and Eithne Nightingale from Child Migrant Stories. We have also been supported by the people who have shared their stories about child migration and in particular Linh Vu, Maurice Nwokeji and Argun Imamzade. The materials have been designed by Atin Wickham and Mitchell Harris. Every attempt has been made to adhere to copyright protocol. All the material is being used for educational, non-profit purposes.