Newsthink

Topical teaching resources exploring the news from a humanitarian perspective.

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Resources are packed full of ideas to help young people explore current affairs and the world around them from a humanitarian perspective. The resource uses real-life examples through film clips, photographs and stories linked to the news to prompt discussion and to develop critical thinking and media literacy.

safe learning environment

Age: 5-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Create a safe and inclusive learning environment that support your pupils to explore sensitive or challenging content in engaging and safe ways.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
People help a man with a heavy bleed.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, Newsthink

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Look at different aspects of knife crime, including ways to avoid conflict and first aid for a heavy bleed.

  • First aid and the bystander effect
  • Newsthink
Syrian medical staff learn how to treat people in a chemical weapons attack.

Age: 11–19

Type: Lesson plan, Newsthink

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Secondary PSHE activities on chemical weapons and international humanitarian law.

  • Conflict
  • Newsthink
A traffic jam in the snow.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

Consider how to be prepared for a journey disrupted by winter weather.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Teaching Resources - Photo quiz 2017

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photos, quiz

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Look back over the news events of 2017 with this topical photo quiz.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Conflict
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Request or download a free teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources, a pen and a poster.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A group of Rohingya people arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on 26 September 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island, Bangladesh.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photo

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discuss the crisis in Myanmar and consider what people fleeing the violence may need.

  • Conflict
  • Newsthink
A pilot flying a plane

Age: 11-16

Type: Quick activity, photo

Subjects: PSHE

After a safe year for airline passengers, this fun activity explores the idea of communicating clearly and safely to avoid emergencies.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink