Stage 2 - Unit 1 – Why is it important to belong?
Broad focus for an inquiry: Diversity and difference, self and belonging, culture and society
- How am I the same and how am I different to others?
- What groups do I belong to?
- Why is it important to feel a sense of belonging?
Understandings, skills and values
- Belonging is important.
- Belonging to a group enhances identity and self-worth.
- We are all unique.
- We need to understand and respect each other’s differences.
- Although we may look, sound and feel different, we have the same basic needs.
Challenges of diversity
Students read a variety of novels and picture books that explore ideas around difference including physical, social, cultural and geographical differences. Students identify themes and discuss the author’s purpose in exploring difference through their writing.
Many books deal with the subject of difference. Booklists can be found at:
Example of suitable books:
- Mirror by Jeanie Baker,
- We’re all Wonders by R. J. Palacio
- Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.
How does our community support diversity?
Explore the local area and identify ways in which the school community supports diversity. Encourage students to consider this broadly to include any physical adaptations, such as signs or books in different languages, or physical alterations like ramps for easier access to buildings for people with mobility difficulties due to age or disability or parents and carers with a pram or stroller. Students can list examples and take photos.
Building tolerance and respect
Students brainstorm ways in which their class or school could increase its support of diversity and inclusivity in the classroom, the canteen, assembly hall and on the playground. They could think about what changes can be made and how they can increase the school’s ability to support others.
Design and make
Students use their research around the school environment to develop a product or initiative to promote belonging and inclusivity at their school. Students are encouraged to think broadly about supporting others. This could include making changes in their classroom or re-designing a game to be more inclusive of a student with a disability.
Concluding and acting
Display and present the results of research in previous activity, including proposing changes to whole school organisation and practice through student voice in school planning groups.