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Our resources aim to support work with children and young people to explore their identity, celebrate diversity, champion equality and develop dialogue.

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This video shows some of the work that schools do to prepare their pupils for the meeting with their linking partner.

Many children are nervous before meeting their new linking partners and by the time they meet many may have exchanged letters or emails to help get to know each other beforehand.

This video shows the achievements of two schools that linked along the theme of healthy eating.

This video shows the second meeting of two primary schools at a football ground. There is a lot of discussion on the theme of ‘Where do we live?’

This video shows a linking day where one school visits another and the linked schools have classes together.

This video shows pupils at a neutral venue, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The children are looking at Barbara Hepworth’s ‘The Family of Man’

This video shows a meeting at Cartwright Hall exploring the different kinds of artwork available in their galleries.

This video shows how a community of enquiry approach to reflection can be used in a classroom setting.

This video shows the children reflecting on their experiences of linking; how they felt before, during and after the linking.

This video shows a food festival organised by the schools to help get parents involved in the linking process.

This video shows the children preparing for a performance at a city festival.

Linking projects have been a part of this city festival for several years as it allows the children to perform the drama, music or dance pieces they have created together on stage as part of a celebration of Bradford. This video shows some of those performances.

A Boxful of Us

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A show and tell activity, that supports a class to explore who they are.

KS2/3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

A collaborative activity that gets learners to create a postcard from where they live for sharing with a link partner.

KS1 | 30 Mins | Group

This resource allows children to reflect on what they enjoy and why, then use their creativity and team work to create something unique.

Am I Average?

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An activity to help explore targets and levels and how they make us see ourselves.

KS3 | 30 Mins | Group

Using Philosophy for Children this activity engages students together in a self-critical (reflective) practice of asking questions, testing ideas and arriving at conclusions.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Group

Using a poem that evokes the city as a jungle, to inspire creative thinking around the city as place and to explore stereotypes and perspectives.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

An inspiring range of ideas and teaching resources designed for school assemblies, and based on our four key questions, ideal for use with SMSC development.

Assembly & SMSC

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TLN’s Assembly and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development pack suggests eight individual and carefully planned ideas for assembly and, or, collective worship that supports SMSC development.

Being new

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An activity which explores how a student, who is new to a school, perhaps having moved from a different part of the country, or even within the same city, feels about their experience. It is also helpful for students to consider the feelings of those new to an environment, and ways they can welcome them.
All Key Stages | 30 / 60 Mins | Teacher led / Group / Individual

Being New

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An activity which explores how a student, who is new to a school, perhaps having moved from a different part of the country, or even within the same city, feels about their experience. It is also helpful for students to consider the feelings of those new to an environment, and ways they can welcome them.

Blob Tree

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KS2 | 15 Mins | Individual

Book List

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This book list shares details of the books used or made reference to in TLN’s teaching resources and linking activities.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written by the UN after the Second World War and that there are 30 articles in total. These resources are built around the book We Are All Born Free, produced by Amnesty International to help young people explore the human rights enshrined in the declaration.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

Britkid

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Using the popular Britkid website, this activity focuses on the different views that we may each have of where we live, and the relationship between identity and place.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Individual

This activity provides instructions and criteria for success for a Tower Building Egg Holding Challenge, which can be used as a class linking visit activity.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led, group activity

Carousel

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This is a structured information or thought-gathering activity which generates a reasonably concise list of pupils’ thoughts and responses on a particular topic. Pupils work in small groups to convey ideas or to make suggestions as regards the issue at hand.

A starter game which moves us on from seeing ourselves just as individuals, to seeing that we are also part of a group with things in common and things that are different.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Over 20 ideas for circle games and warm up activities.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Comfort Lines

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An activity exploring what makes us feel comfortable that leads to discussion about strategies for facing uncomfortable situations.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Allerton Primary School in Bradford has developed an assembly strategy where representatives from the local interfaith centre, local churches and youth workers come together in an assembly they have jointly planned with a teacher from the school.

A simple mapping activity that looks at how two communities are connected, and the different routeways and pathways they share.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Downloadable activity in which learners work in groups to write ‘Curiosity Questions’ to send to a linked class by post, email or film.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

Four sessions that help learners to explore different features of their identity

This resource gives ideas for drama games a primary teacher can lead during a second linking class visit of the year. Ideal for a classroom sized space.

KS2 | 45 – 60 Mins | Teacher led, group activity

Dream City

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A visioning activity that asks pupils to imagine how they would like to live together in their ‘dream city’.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

An example of a linking day plan made for teachers visiting a neutral venue.

Exploring a poem at KS3/4, written by a teenager exploring the feeling of being isolated and excluded because of who he is – in this case a boy from a Gypsy Traveller community.

KS3/4 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Using Philosophy for Children this activity engages students together in a self-critical (reflective) practice of asking questions, testing ideas and arriving at conclusions.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Group

Geoscapes

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Active ideas for the classroom: name & lie, geoscape mapping & drama.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

A particpatory activity exploring how your identity links to the place you were born, where your family come from, and other places of significance to identity.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Global Connections

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How are we connected to people/places/cultures in other parts of the world.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

It goes without saying

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An activity that explores the hidden or unwritten rules that help us all to live together.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Google my place

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Starter activity using Google Images (or Google Earth) to see our place (the local) from a global perspective.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

An initiative building task and fun challenge for students.

KS2 | 25 Mins | Teacher led

Half the Room

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An active whole group activity that uses participatory voting to explore who we are and what being in a majority and minority can feel like.

KS3 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Hand Art

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This activity provides instructions for a linking art activity in pairs that can be used on a primary class visit.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led, group activity

An activity that explores the ways that people support and help us in different parts of our lives.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

An art activity that allows pupils to compare animal homes with human homes.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

“I Am Everyone” Orange advert starring round-the-world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont.

Activities and resources based on the “I Am Everyone” Orange advert starring round-the-world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

Lesson activity suggestions: Names, Identity Circles, Jigsaw, I am, Coat of Arms, and Cross the Line.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

An activity that helps learners to explore different features of their identity

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Example of identity work sent as exchange to link school.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Downloadable jigsaw template often used for exchanging with a linked class.
KS2 | 45 Mins | Individual

To use with pupils in KS1

Link Day Plan

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An outline plan designed for a first Secondary School Linking visit day. This is for use by the linked pairs of schools when visiting each other and meeting for the first time.

An outline timetable designed for a Secondary School Link day, with activity information, resource requirements and responsibilities.

A structured series of lesson plans drawing together the best practice, developed at SL, for preparing a KS2 class to meet.

The purpose of The Linking Network Identity Pack is to develop discussion on the concepts of identity, diversity, uniqueness and belonging by exploring TLN’s four key questions – Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? and How do we all live together? These activities are not designed for linking days, however many are ideal for use in exchange of identity work.

To develop pupils’ curiosity in others and cultural understanding of the diversity of experience of migration and belonging in people they know.

To promote moral understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and the way that we all have a duty to uphold the rights of others.

To develop pupils’ moral understanding of the values of perseverance and supporting others and their interest and empathy for others, using the story of Derek Redmond’s perseverance in injury and disappointment to explore the topics: How can we keep going when things go wrong? How can we help others?

To help pupils to understand how they can contribute to society in small ways but that make a positive difference.

Local Headlines

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Using local newspapers to explore how where we live is represented in the local media.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

Mapping Who We Are

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A simple mapping activity that encourages learners to think about the places that determine who we are.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

An activity that uses the ‘message in a bottle’ metaphor to engage learners in thinking about what their place means to them.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Using images taken by learners to explore how we see where we live.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Names

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This resource supports children to explore and value their name, their personality, their hopes and dreams and that of others.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

deas for using film extracts of the book ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Majorie Blackman by the Royal Shakespeare Company. This resource encourages users to think critically about the hurtful impact words can have and discusses how we can make a difference to others.

The ideas and resources for this lesson are from the RSC Noughts and Crosses activity pack.

A creative activity that gets learners to think about the ways in which we visually represent ourselves and learn about other groups.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Group

A creative activity that gets learners to think about the ways in which we visually represent ourselves and learn about other groups.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Group

A resource template to guide KS1 learners to create hand shaped
pictures following discussion about Who am I? and Who are we?

From Buckinghamshire County Council
KS1 | 30 Mins | Individual

Thinking activity that supports learners to consider the future of their place. It introduces the idea of probable and preferable futures and their role as active citizens.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Group

Template pupils can start from to make a powerpoint about themselves or their classs.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Template to make a passport booklet that teaches often choose for exchanging with a linked class. There are two versions of the passport template for you to choose from.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Template to make a passport booklet that teaches often choose for exchanging with a linked class.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Starter activity to explore where place names come from, and what meaning might be contained within a place name.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Group

Playing Sports Together

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A discussion activity to think about both the friendly and competitive ways in which we play games and sports together.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

To be completed by teachers from proposing schools, this document outlines why and with whom a school would like to link. The document also suggests pre-linking tasks and includes an outline plan for a link day.

Example of an emotion graph used in evaluation.
KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Postcards made for exchange by primary students.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

Postcards made for exchange by secondary students.
KS3 | 60 Mins | Individual

A series of questioning activities to explore the illustrated children’s story ‘Willy the Wimp’

KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Sentence openers for discussion.
KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

To be completed by students, this personal evaluation form is designed to capture students’ thoughts at the beginning of a class visit day and at the end of the day.

To be completed by students, this personal evaluation form is designed to capture students’ reflections on their linking experience.

To be completed by teachers and students, this pre-evaluation form is designed to capture students’ thoughts prior to linking.

This pack includes six sessions based around Schools Linking’s four key questions: Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? and How do we all live together? The purpose of these lessons is to develop discussion around the concepts of identity, diversity, uniqueness and belonging. This set of lessons is just one way of exploring these discussions.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

Building Bridges Pendle runs a linking programme in Pendle as part of the national linking programme. This video shows students from two secondary schools who have come together over the space of two months to design and deliver a community cohesion project.

A sample letter for students requesting involvement in the Secondary School Linking programme.

A Secondary Schools Linking Passport to download. To be completed by participating students.

An activity that uses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to explore the idea of common goals, shared ideals and the ways in which we can help each other to achieve these.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

A series of activities using the book Silence Seeker by Ben Morley to explore the nature of our local place and how we live together.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

An activity using the book Skin Again to deal with the potentially controversial issue of skin colour and identity in a safe manner.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

An activity using the book Skin Again to deal with the potentially controversial issue of skin colour and identity in a safe manner.

A great picture book to explore ‘fitting in’, how we fit into different groups and the way we include people who join us.

KS1 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

A great picture book to explore ‘fitting in’, how we fit into different groups and the way we include people who join us.

The starfish story can be a helpful way to help learners understand active citizenship and encourage them that it is worth taking action to make a difference.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

Stories about place

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Using stories to help learners explore the way people think and feel about where they live.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

A fun and participatory activity that allows learners to discover the connections between themselves.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

The Island

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Using The Island by Armin Greder to explore concepts of anger, fear and hostility.
KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

A picture book that raises questions about ‘fitting in’, and the way we support or ignore people who join us.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

Short individual activity that gets learners to think about the places that are important to them. Contributes to their understanding of multiple identities.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

The Wild Book

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Inspiration for Learning – this resource is based on the award-winning book ‘The Wild Book’ by the Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle. The Wild Book is a vibrant novel in verse, which paints a glowing portrait of the author’s grandmother as a young girl. These activities engage students in discussions around the potential barriers to learning, concepts of hope and a sense of belonging.

KEY STAGE: 2 – 4
TIME: 60 minutes
LEARNING STYLE: Group Activity

A participatory activity exploring the local, national and global scales of where we live, based on the Geoscapes activity.

KS2 | 15 Mins | Teacher led

An activity that enables learners to think about their place and their community in terms of time. It investigates connections with the past and with the future.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Individual

A fun and participatory activity that allows learners to discover the connections between themselves.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

Sentence starters for reflection and evaluation.
KS2 | 15 Mins | Individual

Virtual Communities

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An ICT activity in which learners think about the relationship between the Internet and their sense of community.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

An activity that helps learners to think about how they see others and how others see them. It makes connections between what we see and identity.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

Ideas for using the book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne to think critically about how we all live together.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Group

Ideas for using the book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne to think critically about how we all live together.
KS2 | 30 Mins | Group

We Are All Born Free

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This picture book illustrating the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great way to think about how we all live together, and should respect each others’ rights.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Group

This picture book illustrating the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great way to think about how we all live together, and should respect each others’ rights.
KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

These slides can be adapted to welcome students from another school, explain icebreakers and finally explain reflective activities at the end of the day for the two linking classes.

KS2 | 30 Mins | Teacher led, group activity

There is a connection to bullying – learning how to be assertive but not aggressive is a key skill that can help prevent bullying. It is equally important for victims, perpetrators and bystanders in any situation where bullying occurs. The lesson ideas in this PowerPoint for secondary students support the development of assertiveness skills.

KS3/4 | Teacher led

A KS1 activity that uses two stories to explore the ideas of sharing, helping each other, and understanding that we are all linked.

KS1 | 30 Mins | Teacher led

What’s in my Backpack?

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A critical thinking activity that gets learners to think about themselves and explore their own make-up through the metaphor of a backpack.

KS2/3 | 30 Mins | Individual

An activity that looks at the spaces around us and how some are shared by all of us and some are our own.

KS3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

A simple mapping activity that encourages learners to think about the places that determine who we are.

KS2 | 60 Mins | Group

A resource template for KS1 learners to record information about Who am I?

From Buckinghamshire Counci Council
KS1 | 30 Mins | Individual

To develop pupils’ understanding of diversity, through looking at the variety of different names in their school community, and to explore the value of names to themselves and others. This positive view of names is a good foundation to a subsequent assembly that looks at developing understanding about the hurt that name calling can cause.

To develop pupils’ understanding of diversity within their own school and to help them understand that there is more depth to everyone’s story than is visible.

A quiz-style activity that uses photographs and mysteries to explore how we tell who somebody is.

KS2/3 | 60 Mins | Teacher led

To develop pupils’ understanding of diversity within the school community and develop curiosity about the lives of others.

This assembly uses the concept of a quiz where children look at images of their staff and listen to interesting things about them. The challenge is to match the information they hear with the image they see.

Where I’m from and I am poem ideas.

Using the picture book ‘What Friends Do Best’ by Jonathan Emmett and Nathan Reed to explore how working together is sometimes the only way to get things done.

KS1 | 30 Mins | Teacher led