Embedding Equality and Diversity (E&D)

One of the ways of ensuring that E&D is embedded in a Curriculum is starting a lesson in a way that may reflect diverse backgrounds in terms of topics, individuals, celebrations or places. It is important to build awareness and understanding of different cultures, faiths and traditions.

A few of my recent examples are as follows:

1. St. George’s Day – telling a story about St. George, asking the student to answer comprehension questions, letting the student touch a tactile English flag and asking to describe it.

English flag

2. Pancake Day – bringing all ingredients needed to make pancakes, asking the student to touch, smell and guess what they are and why I brought all of them. Another example is to put together a short recipe.

Useful tip 1: check if the student has any allergies.
Useful tip 2: you may want to have some moisturised tissues handy as the student will be touching various substances.

pancakes ingredients

3. Chinese New Year – playing “Chinese New Year” story available on http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/lets-celebrate/stories/lets-celebrate-chinesenewyearperformance/ and asking the student to answer comprehension questions. This could be followed up by finding out which Chinese Horoscope sign the student is and reading a short description.

4. Remembrance Day – bringing a poppy and a short text in Braille on the Remembrance Day.

poppy

5. Eid al-Fitr – playing “Eid al-Fitr” story available on http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/lets-celebrate/watch/lets-celebrate-eid2/ and asking the student to answer comprehension questions. This could be followed up by asking additional questions eg. if the student has any Muslim friends or has tried any types of food described in the clip.

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