topic six: in the community (continued)
to the teacher
The aim of this topic is to help the students to take a good look
at their neighbourhood and to develop a pride in where they live
and/or go to school. If this pride is developed, they are more likely
to take responsibility for how things are.
A member of staff responsible for pastoral care in a Scottish school,
which was in the midst of a big council housing estate, decided
to help the pupils in their first year to have a pride in their
new school and to discover that it was a good community to which
to belong. To do this, he stressed that every pupil had something
unique and of value to contribute and they were deliberately encouraged
to find out what this was. As time went on he became aware that
vandalism was growing less in the school and concluded that it was
partly as a result of this policy.
Give out worksheet 4 (page 20)
Ask the pupils to put a circle around the things in the picture
they think are making it a good neighbourhood to live in and then
put circles, of a different colour, around the
things they think are spoiling the neighbourhood.
When this is done, use it as a lead into a discussion.
• What things in the picture are making it a good neighbourhood
to live in? What things are stopping it from being a good area to
live in? Why?
• Are things happening in the picture which also happen around
where they live?
• Do they ever throw litter in the street? Why?
• What does a dirty place say about the people who live there?
• What does a friendly, safe area say about the people who