alternative topic three – in
the community (continued)
Prepare face masks, in light card, with your class or in teamwork
with the Craft Design and Technology department
This topic gives an opportunity for the class to examine their
attitudes towards people who are different in some way by taking
part in an experiment using the masks.
If we are to live together in communities, we need to develop the
skills of understanding and empathy.
We would gain a great deal if we respected and enjoyed differences
in culture, looks, race and/or religion and were prepared to learn
from each other. However this is often made difficult by the way
we prejudge people, very often by their appearance. We can cause
needless hurt and misunderstandings through our ignorance. What
can we do to gain new insights into this so that we can be more
sensitive in the future and build better relationships within our
This activity will give everyone the experience of being stared
at, laughed at, left out, or just simply having to explain why they
look the way they do.
Plan with the class how they will carry out this or another experiment
which would have similar results.
Everyone should wear masks during the whole of one break. Before
they do this it would be good to plan their strategies with them
and to think through why they are doing it.
Will they be scared of what other people think? How will they overcome
Will some of them be prepared to try to join in with what others
are doing to see what happens?
If someone asks why they are wearing a mask how will they explain
what they are trying to discover?
When you feel they are ready, fix a break time nearest to your
next lesson with them.