Primary teaching resources

Our free, easy-to-use teaching resources help children aged 5 to 11 to look at the world from a humanitarian point of view.

These curriculum-linked activities, sessions and teaching packages are ideal for PSHE, Citizenship, English, Art, Geography and informal learning time. They help primary learners develop empathy with others, learn to help others, develop their resilience and gain many other life skills.

Primary Kindness Calendar

Age: 7 - 11

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

Take part in our school kindness calendar to bring the value of kindness to life.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Young people working together at school

Age: 7-14

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

A quick and fun PSHE activity to help learners gain awareness of the key aspects of emergencies.

  • Disasters and emergencies
A girl comforts a boy while they wait for help to arrive.

Age: 5-11

Type: Lesson plan, teaching package, videos

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE, Science

Help children to feel confident to help someone who is in need of first aid.

  • First aid and the bystander effect
Child utilising mobile phone

Age: 7-11

Type: Assembly kit

Subjects: PSHE

Primary assembly activities to introduce first aid to children.

  • First aid and the bystander effect
Celebratory dance

Age: 7-11, 11-14

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE

Activities to help learners consider identity, belonging and the impact stigma can have on refugee and migrant communities.

  • Refugees and migration
Refugees and WWII evacuees

Age: 7-11

Type: Lesson plan, audio

Subjects: English, History

Look at Princess Elizabeth’s speech from 1940 on kindness and sympathy to explore the topic of refugees.

  • Refugees and migration
Helicopter landing

Age: 7-19

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

Teaching ideas which help learners explore the phonetic alphabet, as used by the International Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Paper-doll chain

Age: 7-11

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: PSHE

A lesson plan about humanity and what it is that makes us human.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
WWI Operation Ouch

Age: 7-11

Type: Teaching package, film

Subjects: History

Help children explore the impact of World War One on those affected through a series of curriculum-linked lesson plans.

  • Conflict
Talking with children_web

Age: 5-11

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

A guide for primary teachers about how to support and talk to children about distressing events they hear about in the news.

  • Disasters and emergencies