Humanitarianism and the Red Cross

Explore humanitarianism with our free lesson plans and teaching materials, which are ideal for PSHE and Citizenship teachers.

Our free teaching resources help young people to consider humanitarian issues and encourage compassion, courage and the desire to help others.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:

  • what it means to be human
  • what is a humanitarian act
  • why humanitarian aid is important
  • the work of the Red Cross in the UK and abroad.
Character designs v3

Age: 7-18

Type:

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship, Tutor time

Curriculum linked resources with activities for primary and secondary learners about loneliness and feeling lonely

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
  • Home learning resources
The Snowman, Snowdog and a little boy flying through the air

Age: 5-11

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE, Cross-curricular, SMSC

Children are encouraged to learn about and practise kindness this December with the The Snowman™ and The Snowdog in our new kindness calendar.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
WEB - Black History is British History

Age: 11-18

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: Citizenship

Black History Month takes place every October in the UK. Use this activity with secondary school students to discover some exceptional Black British humanitarians.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
A boy of around ten years old sits at a table drawing while his father sits next to him.

Age: 3-18

Type: Guidance and activities

Subjects: Citizenship

A free primary and secondary teaching resource about how to support and talk to children and young people about race, racism and anti-racism.

  • Kindness
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Graphic of two historic Red Cross posters half coloured in

Age: 7-18

Type: Quick activities

Subjects: PSHE, History

Use colouring activities and posters from the archives to learn more about the British Red Cross and its history of kindness.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
  • Home learning resources
A close-up of a young woman's hands holding cut-out paper hearts in different colours and sizes.

Age: 7-18

Type: Activities

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

A range of activities designed to develop resilience and encourage kindness including topics on routine building, coping mechanisms and acts of kindness.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
  • Home learning resources
Image of little girl holding a British Red Cross branded folder entitled 'My kind acts', and smiling.

Age: 7 - 18

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

A range of kindness activities including a kindness calendar to help 7-18 year olds cope during the coronavirus emergency.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness