Learning Week: Equality
This week is a themed learning week, focusing on equality. Please read through this document carefully, which will give you an oversight of equality and the learning activities that you should take part in.
What is equality? Taken and adapted from www.equalityhumanrights.com
Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents.
It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.
Equality recognises that historically certain groups of people with protected characteristics such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation have experienced discrimination.
For further information, please see https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/secondary-education-resources/useful-information/understanding-equality
Activities and challenges that you can complete, this week, to take part in equality week:
International Women in Engineering Day
Today (Tuesday, 23rd June 2020) is International Women in Engineering Day! Please see the PowerPoint here from Ms Gregg for you to view and learn about the under-representation of women in engineering and those who have succeeded.
View and interact with the resources here to start. There are lots more subject-specific links below.
Black Lives Matter
Hear the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, in the form of a video, here from the BBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRbxQE3L7p4
You might like to spend one of your learning days this week making an entry into the 100 Great Black Britons competition, sponsored by the NEU and featured in The Guardian newspaper. It can be accessed here: https://www.100greatblackbritons.co.uk and enter the competition for Under-16s here https://www.100greatblackbritons.co.uk/competition.html#children16
You can read the article from The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/home-school-competition-celebrates-black-british-history
See the creative activity pack from Stonewall. With it, you could complete one or more of the following:
- Choose a song from the list in the resource pack. Make a music video for it.
- Choose a song from the list in the resource pack. Make a poster to advertise the song.
- Choose a song from the list in the resource pack. Make up a dance to it.
- Choose a song from the list in the resource pack. Think about how the song made you feel – make some art based on that. It could be a drawing, a collage or a painting. It doesn’t need to be a picture of an object or a person, it could be abstract.
- Look at the pictures in the resource pack. Choose one that you like and make a self portrait in the style of that artist.
- Make a mood board to show your interests and personality – you can either use the template in the resource pack or draw your own grid. Think about including pictures, textures and colours.
- Make a zine. It could be a zine focussed on celebrating difference, challenging gender stereotypes or about LGBT inclusion.
- Make an animation on the theme of celebrating difference.
- Make rainbow cupcakes. You’ll find a recipe here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/rainbow_cupcakes_36373
- Read some of the suggested poems from the list in the resource pack. Write your own poem in the style of one of the poets.
To fit in with ‘Equality Week’ this week, Mrs Clark has prepared a slideshow and video with some interesting facts about ‘Equality in Design’. The link below will give you access to these files.
Here’s a OneDrive link to KS3 DT-RM – Equality Week Resources – June 2020.
Both files contain the same info, so you only need to view one, it depends if you would prefer to watch it as a video or a PowerPoint.
Whilst it is expected by your Food, RM, and Textiles teachers that you will complete your regular work as set, there is a small ‘Equality Week’ DT challenge that you may also choose to participate in. The details of the challenge are contained at the end of the slideshow/video.
Option 1: Research the choreographer Alvin Ailey and how he used Dance to express equality.
Present your research in an interesting way:
- Fact file
- PowerPoint presentation
- News Report
Option 2: Learn and recreate some of Alvin Ailey’s most famous dance works that express equality
- Focus on learning a section of one dance work
- Learn snippets of lots of different Ailey works and create a medley
- Check our Ms Morris’ resources on gender equality on the shared area. There is a very thought-provoking PowerPoint, an excellent article to read and a worksheet to get you thinking. Please find them here.
- Ms Morris has also provided an equality and diversity quiz. You might like to complete it here and use the answer sheet here. How about creating an equality quiz of your own, and making it interactive?
- View the files on racism and inequality here, from Ms Morris.
- Mrs Taylor, the Head of Psychology, has suggested that you might like to check out Jane Elliot’s Brown Eyes Blue Eyes experiment.
- Mr Morrell and RS encourage you to view this PowerPoint. A s a result of following the slide information, you could create a poster which shows how Sikhs will show equality in their lives today. For example in their Sewa, in the Langar or in the treatment of women.
- Ms McCarthy and History have launched a competition about controversial statues here.
- They have also included something for you to consider on “How equal is modern Britain” here.
DT – Textiles
- Create and make your own equality stencil, by following the instructions here. This version has a narrated commentary.
- See Miss Brunner’s textile resources here.
Learn about different cultures, ethnicities and their food by completing this PowerPoint template here.
Please research any country in the World. Complete the tasks on all slides, you can draw or print and glue the images.
This work can be completed on A4 sheets of paper. You can make the dish (see the last two slides), but only if you have parental supervision.
Languages – Spanish
- Click on the attachment ‘Las princesas.’ Choose a female Disney character. It can be someone form the cartoon image or a different Disney character that you like.
Draw/print a picture of them and put speech bubbles around them.
In the speech bubbles, think about what their views on equality might be. You can write as if they are reflecting on their own life or what they might think of equality in the modern world. You decide what you want to write and be creative!
This cartoon picture is from a Spanish article. You can write your comments in the speech bubbles in English or in Spanish.
- Click on the attachment ‘Guia de la Buena esposa’. Read through the 11 historical ‘Rules for keeping your husband happy’.
See if you can work out what each rule is, without understanding every word.
Create 3 new rules in a similar style to the ones on the attachment, for the ‘Guia de la mujer libre’ – a modern day version of the guide, outlining how women should have equal rights to men. Ideas could be; women and men sharing parental responsibilities, women and men earning similar salaries. It needs to be presented like a small poster, with a slogan, an image and a short text. Write your text in English or in Spanish.
- Choose one of the women leaders in this article and write a short description of them in Spanish. You will need to look back in your books to find the phrases for describing people. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/spain/articles/spains-top-5-revolutionary-female-leaders/
- Look through the PowerPoint presentation on famous people from the Spanish-speaking world (Spain & Latin America) who have fought for human-rights/equality e.g. Frida Khalo. See if you can find out how they helped bring about equality and write a few sentences in English or in Spanish describing each person.
Please see this PowerPoint that will guide you through some thought-provoking activities on equality and France.
Mr Wright has set up a resource to help you design a leaflet for Pride in Cologne, Germany, that will hopefully take place in October this year. Please see the explanation video here and download the PowerPoint and template here.
An analysis by the World Economic Forum estimated that the United States would not achieve gender equality until the year 2227, over 200 years from now. The United Kingdom ranks above the US, but still has a gap of 100 years.
Watch the following five minute video by Harvard Business Review to see the reaction of university students to this data: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HchyqPO8K0I
Write an essay, no longer than one page, on one of the following two topics.
- How can we, as a society, make changes to improve gender equality?
- Why do you think it might take over 200 years to achieve gender equality? What are the factors that delay better progress being made?
- Racial Equality in Higher Education
Ruth Simmons, an African American woman, currently president of a Texas university, grew up in the southern US during the civil rights movement. She mentions that in her youth she did not have the freedom to go in to department stores and try on clothes. She has gone on to numerous achievements, with Time magazine naming her as America’s best college president in 2001.
Given her experience in higher education she indicates that although things have improved immensely, university students often feel dissatisfied with a ‘lack of community’.
Listen to part 1 of the following podcast from a series sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The podcast is approximately 25 minutes. Write a brief essay on the following.
- What is meant by a sense of community in higher education? What factors would detract from a sense of community and how could things be improved?
- Writing Windrush – view the PowerPoint here for information and ideas to take on board
- An Introduction to Small Islands – read it here
- Back to My Own Country – by Andrea Levy – read it here
IT have set the following challenges for you to complete this week.
Please see The Fourth Plinth challenge from Art. Links to your art summer task booklets can be found here:
PE and Sport
As live sport and highlight programmes become more available, create a collage or poster to identify the methods in which the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is being promoted? An example would be flags in the stadiums with ‘Black Lives Matter’ displayed upon them. Describe how you believe these actions will impact upon the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement as we move forward?
You might like to take on one of the Key Stage 3 Physics Projects and apply it to the theme of equality. Take a look at all of the brilliant ideas here!