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
KEY QUESTION: Which of the spaces we occupy are public and private?
The spaces we live our lives in are many and varied. They include spaces where we rest, study, play, work, shop, pray, and enjoy. But do we always live together in these spaces? Some spaces are more private than others. Some are very public. Can some spaces be public but also private and can we have private spaces that are also public? This activity encourages learners to think about where we live together. What are these different spaces? Can we rank them?
1. Introduce to learners the idea that we all live together in different spaces. The school is one such space. These spaces can be more or less public and private. You might need to spend a little time exploring this aspect with learners. In a school context for example, the classroom is more private than the playground. Looking more broadly, a home (or bedroom) is more private than a local park. 2. Now introduce the Public-Private Line (below) and ask learners (in pairs) to copy this on to a large sheet of paper. 3. Learners will now need to think about different spaces that are part of their lives, part of how we all live together. Their task will be to locate the cards on the Public-Private Line according to how Public or Private they think that space is. You can download a ‘spaces worksheet’ that we have prepared to support this activity. This includes blanks for learners to add their own spaces, but you may prefer to let them start from scratch. You could visit the Britkid website (see related link) and the fictional town of Britchester to stimulate thinking about these spaces. 4. Once the lines are completed, lead a discussion and give learners a chance to share where they placed different spaces. What reasons do they give for their choices? Do the choices vary by learner? If so, is it possible to identify how – by gender, ethnicity, religion for example. Please be cautious to the potentially sensitive nature of such differences.
A good way to extend this work would be to direct learners to the Britkid site (link tab in main activity) and let them explore the town of Britchester through the eyes of some of the people living there. How do they each see Britchester in different ways? What spaces do they have in common? Where are their public and private spaces? Where do they all live together?
Depending on how far advanced your link is, this activity could form the basis of sharing information with a link partner. The learners’ understanding of where they all live together could be quite different in the two schools if they are from very different settings – rural and urban or monocultural and multicultural for example.
BRITKID WEBSITE http://www.britkid.org/
Based on original material created by The Linking Network and Lifeworlds Learning