topic five: in the community
to the teacher
This is a project which will require two lessons and information
gathering by the class in between. The aim is to find out about
the caring professions and the people who do
voluntary work, why they do it, what it involves and what they gain
Over the page you will find the details of some nationally known
caring agencies. Before the lesson, it might help to know which
of these operate in your local area.
Discuss with the class about the caring professions. What are they?
e.g. Nursing and other branches of the medical profession, social
work, the fire service, "lollipop" men and women...
What picture of them is given by:
a) films and television?
b) people you know?
c) local newspapers?
Each member of the class is to interview someone who works in one
of the caring professions or does some kind of voluntary work which
serves the community. You may have
to help the pupils to decide who they are going to interview.
A visit could be made as a group, to a local hospital or similar
institution to see how the caring professions work and to interview
Draw up questions with the class so that they can be written in
the space at the top of the questionnaire on page
17 (worksheet 3) in preparation for the