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.

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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. Suitable for primary and secondary students, ages 7 to 18.

  • 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

Activities to help build resilience, form healthy habits, positive routines, and ways to cope. Suitable for primary and secondary school students ages 7 to 18.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness
  • Home learning resources
brc_wellbeing spring assets_youth_web image_branded (1)

Age: 5 - 11

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

Filled with wellbeing activities and ideas, the Spring kindness calendar teaches the power of kindness and promotes wellbeing. It is suitable for primary school children, aged 5 to 11

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
  • Kindness