3rd and 4th Class Lessons
This programme enables the children to debate the place of Ireland within the EU club. It helps them understand and discuss how decisions are made in the European Union and who does what.
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 1
This first lesson discusses why the European Union was created. It debates the positives and negatives of belonging to a club. The EU smoothie gets everyone talking about what a Union is!
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 2
The EU uses a lot of symbols which can be seen in our everyday life. This lesson highlights those symbols and gets the children to debate why they think they are important.
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 3
This lesson focuses entirely on Brexit. It allows the children to reflect and discuss the reasons why a member of the club has decided to leave. Going beyond Brexit, it also gets the children to debate Ireland’s future role in the EU and its relationship with the UK.
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 4
To develop a sense of citizenship in a global world, this lesson uses games to identify levels of decision-making – local, national and European. It also introduces the concept of the Single Market which is at the heart of the European Union.
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 5
This lesson starts with a discussion on the situation of small Ireland in big EU. It explains what a Parliament is and the role of a member of Parliament. It then moves on to the preparations for the European elections which take place the following week). Each child is given a role, be it candidate, idea-maker, poster designer, journalist or voter.
3rd and 4th Class Lesson 6
The big day has arrived! Each child acts out his/her role in the European election campaign. Votes are counted and a winning candidate is elected. The lesson explains and discusses the role of the Members of the European Parliament as a decision-maker together with the other European institutions.