Topic four: goals and aims
to the teacher
All over the world human beings organise themselves into groups
of varying sizes: families, clans, tribes and nations. We are basically
gregarious creatures. Groups consist of people who share a common
characteristic, whether of origin or interest. People band together
for survival and company, for security and a sense of belonging.
The family has been found as a basic unit in every human society
that has been scientifically studied. Basically human beings feel
a need to be together and to communicate with each other. However,
it is sometimes difficult to have real communication, nor is it
always easy to get on with people in the same group.
This topic gives the pupils the opportunity to experience working
in a group, discovering its advantages and disadvantages, and to
talk through how to overcome some of the difficulties.
The work in this topic is done entirely in groups.
Ask the class to form themselves into four groups giving them no
indication of how many you want in each.
Give each group one copy of worksheet 4
(pages 21/22) Where do I belong? They should begin
by filling in together question 1 a-g. This asks them questions
about the group they have formed. When they have done this, find
out from each group why and how they got together.
Then ask the groups to answer the rest of the questions on the
worksheet which deal with wider social groupings.
At the end of the lesson discuss how easy or hard it was for the
members of the groups to work together. How did they overcome any
What do they think are the important factors which help a group
to work together?