Discovery Primary School, Peterborough

Discovery Primary School, Peterborough

Discovery Primary School, Peterborough

I think I’ll call mine ‘Keith!’ 

Liz Bridgeman, Year 6 class teacher, has worked with EdisonLearning before helping develop Curriculum materials, in particular those with a global dimension. In particular those activities that involve developing thinking and collective memory skills. This is the account of her experience with one such activity, the ‘Lemons Activity’ used in the specific context of exploring the three Abrahamic Faiths and used with her colleague Deputy Head Teacher, Emma Heanes and their respective Year 6 classes.

The children had looked at, discussed and used the three paintings from Professor Khalili’s Peace Collection that show the three different quarters of Jerusalem as their starting point. These are resources that can be viewed and downloaded from the Interfaith Explorers Learning Resource.

Firstly they recorded onto sticky notes everything they thought they knew already about Judaism, Christianity and Islam and then sorted this information by sticking it around the corresponding painting. They then carried out a collective memory activity using the Abrahamic Faiths poster from the Learning Resource to explore their ideas further and fill gaps in their knowledge. This was done collaboratively in groups.

The activity allowed them to recognise and start from the facts they already knew, process new information, make connections, hypothesise and raise questions for further investigation.

With this as the context, they were then asked to think about the issue of ‘stereotyping’ by using the Lemons Activity. They had a few minutes to each get to know their lemon well. One boy announced; ‘I think I’ll call mine Keith!’.

Of course it’s perfectly possible for 30 lemons to be distinguished one from another through their uniquely different characteristics despite their apparent common appearance – this in turn led to a lively discussion about the way we sometimes view groups of people as the same rather than individuals with their own unique characteristics. In short a fun and engaging way to begin to explore an otherwise complex topic.