Names

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

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual

This resource supports children to explore and value their name, their personality, their hopes and dreams and that of others through discussion, art and DT leading to a mini book – you can’t judge a book by its cover. The lesson ideas include discussion of the value of names to each of us leading to a discussion of the negative impact of name calling.

Session One – Making The Book Cover And Understanding The Saying

Learning Objective

I understand the meaning of the saying ‘I can’t judge a book by its cover’

I can create a front and back cover for a mini book about myself.

Key Questions

  • Who am I?
  • Who are we?
  • What does it mean to judge people too quickly?
  • What do I like?

Areas of Learning

  • Communication – speaking & listening
  • DT

Input and Activity

Remind them of title- Don’t judge a book by a cover – what does this mean? If you have an old book with a dull cover and a new shiny book you could show these to the class and discuss the saying.

TTYP Ask them to share examples of things that you can’t know about someone by looking at them. Then share these as a class.

We are going to make our own mini-books which inside have things about ourselves that people couldn’t know from just looking at us. We are going to choose a fabric for the cover which we like and that says something about us as well. Show children the picture of the mini book (or one about yourself)- talk through the three different sections (cover, name, meaning of name, hopes and dreams for self and world)

The first thing you need to do is make the front and back covers by covering cardboard with fabric.

Steps:

1. Choose the fabric you like for each cover. Choose a fabric you like which says something about you.
2. Using the glue stick, glue on the white side of the cardboard.
3. Use PVA glue to stick the long sides of the fabric around the back.
4. Fold of the corners into a triangle.
5. Glue the sort edges with PVA glue.
6. Choose two pieces of ribbon.
7. Sellotape the ribbon in the middle of the back.

Plenary Homework for Next Lesson

Children explain why they have chosen the fabric they did. Share the idea that no-one would know our name by looking at us. So this is the first thing we are going to include in our mini books. Ask them to take the homework flyer and find out some facts about their name eg Who chose your name, what does it mean, why were you given that particular name, any ‘nicknames’ they are called…

Resources

  • Card board covers (approx. 20cmx 10cm)
  • Wide variety of fabric pieces (about 20cm x 20cm and 2 per child)
  • PVA glue
  • Glue spreader
  • Glue stick
  • Sellotape
  • Old book with dull cover Sensitivity, awareness and understanding your class and community are essential before exploring any activities relating to identity. Looked after children may have difficulty with the homework and children from some cultures may have names associated with grief.

Additional Notes for Teachers

Always begin activities by sharing information about your own identity to model. This will make children much more open and confident about sharing information about them. However always recognize that some children may be uncomfortable or may not be able to share some things.

Session 2 – Meanings Of Our Names, Making the Name Pages and Discussing Name Calling

Learning Objective

  • I can share something about my name and its meaning to me.
  • I can use acrylic paint.

Key Questions

  • Who am I?
  • Who are we?
  • What does it mean to judge people too quickly?
  • What do I like?

Areas of Learning

  • Communication – speaking & listening
  • DT

Input and Activity

Children to share what they found out about their name in small groups. (If they haven’t been able to allow the children to go on the website http://www.quickbabynames.com to find out the meaning of their name).

No-one would know our name by looking at us. So this is the first thing we are going to include in our mini books.

Demonstrate how to fold and cut the paper to make the pages for the mini book.Show them the example mini-books page from the resources or show them one you have done about your name. Explain you have used acrylics, a kind of paint, for your name.

  1. Fold and cut the coloured paper to make the pages of the mini book.
  2. In pencil sketch your name- think about how you want it to look.
  3. Go around the outside of your name in black pen.
  4. Rub out the pencil.
  5. Paint your name and the background in a light colour.
  6. While it is drying write My name and a sentence about your name in your book.
  7. Carefully paint the letters of your name

Plenary

Children find someone from another group to share what they found out about their name and show their mini book.

Gather the class together. Discuss how important names are to people. Introduce the idea of how sad ‘name calling’ can be and how this happens sometimes when people forget this ideas they have been learning about so carefully- that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Lead the children in considering how often name calling is actually about judging a person by their appearance. TTYP Can you think how you would explain to a younger child why they should never call people unkind names?

Resources Additional Notes for Teachers

  • Coloured Paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pallets
  • Thin brushes
  • Water pots
  • Cartridge Paper
  • Handwriting Pens
  • Internet access for any pupil who has not been able to do work at home Sensitivity, awareness and understanding your class and community is essential before exploring any activities relating to identity. Add a comment about looked after children and children from some cultures

Always begin activities by sharing information about your own identity to model. This will make children much more open and confident about sharing information about them. However always recognize that some children may be uncomfortable or may not be able to share some things.

Session 3 – Making The Personality Pages Of The Mini Book

Learning Objective

  • I can choose words to describe my personality

Areas of Learning

  • Communication – speaking & listening
  • DT

Input and Activity

Show children the mini-book example –the pages with personality vocabulary on- or show one you have made about yourself. We are all unique –today we are going to think about what makes us us!

Give out the personality words sheet to each group –let them spread them out, read them and discuss what they mean.

Any we are not sure of? Children to discuss the meaning of any tricky words.

  1. Explain how to make the page in the book
  2. Choose 3 to 4 words that BEST describe you –be honest!
  3. Think about how you will reflect its meaning when you draw it. (For example in the picture of the word trustworthy the artist has drawn a key, the word perfectionist is drawn very neatly)
  4. Draw the word in pencil then colour using felt tips.
  5. Fold the cardboard strip into a concertina.
  6. How have I made the words I chose reflect their meaning?

Plenary

Sit in a circle. Pass an object each child says one of the words that describes their personality.

OR

Ask children to ‘mill’ around the room. Stop them 3 times and ask them to show someone their personality words in their book and look at the other persons.

As a class discuss:

  • Did everyone choose the same name words?
  • Does everyone have the same personality?
  • What would it be like if everyone was the same?

Homework for Next Lesson

If you plan to do the homes and dreams pages then give each child the hopes and dreams homework sheet.

Ask them to interview 2 people about their hopes and dreams for themselves and for the world and fill in the sheet ready for the next lesson.

Resources

  • Personality words sheet
  • Felt tip pens
  • Cartridge paper
  • Strips card board about 2cm wide and 10cm long
  • Dictionaries- or prepared definitions

Additional Notes for Teachers

Sensitivity, awareness and understanding your class and community is essential before exploring any activities relating to identity.

Always begin activities by sharing information about your own identity to model. This will make children much more open and confident about sharing information about them. However always recognize that some children may be uncomfortable or may not be able to share some things.

Session 4 – Hopes and Dreams Pages

Learning Objective

  • I can share hopes and dreams
  • I can use pointillism

Areas of Learning

  • Communication – speaking & listening
  • DT

Input and Activity

Give out the children’s homework handed in this week. Allow children to share with their group their homework (their own hopes and dreams, who they interviewed, what they said). This session may require sensitive handling as some people’s dreams may be very personal. It is not recommended that the children are asked to share with the whole class in a circle time for example.

Explain that we will now create another section of our mini-book- we will include our hopes and dreams. Show your own book again or the example created and available on the SL website. How have the illustrations been created?

You could show the children other examples of pointillism.

  1. Write your hopes and dreams for yourself and the worlds on the pages in your mini-book.
  2. Sketch your picture (keep it simple) on the white paper
  3. Put the tracing paper on top of your sketch.
  4. Use the felt tips to fill out the picture with dots.

Plenary

Children glue all the pieces of their book together.

Allow children to walk around the tables so they can view each other’s work.

Did you find out anything about anyone that was surprising/ interesting? Sensitivity, awareness and understanding your class and community is essential before exploring any activities relating to identity.

Additional Notes for Teachers

Always begin activities by sharing information about your own identity to model. This will make children much more open and confident about sharing information about them. However always recognize that some children may be uncomfortable or may not be able to share some things.

Resources

  • Hopes and dreams homework
  • Felt tips
  • Plain paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Examples of pointillism

Resources to download

  • Don't judge a book by its cover mini book word pdf