The children should be enabled to:
- Revise the main points of the previous lessons.
- Recognise that Ireland is an island on the western edge of Europe
- Recognise the European flag
- Realise that Ireland is separate to mainland Europe
- Discuss the positive and negative of belonging to a club.
Ireland, maps, Europe, continent, countries, globe, European union, similar, different, weather, food, money, club
Map/Globe of world/Europe, EU flag, power point, blank EU flag
Introduction to the lesson:
- Quickly revise with the children the first slides – location of Ireland on continent of Europe; Ireland as EU member state along with 27 other countries.
- Get the children to show their colouring of the European flag.
- Get them to discuss the design of the flag compared with that of the Irish flag
Body of the Lesson
- Identify that the European Union is like a club
- Discuss with the children what it is to be part of a club – playing football/dancing/music etc…
- Show the children how big the club is – 27 members
- You might ask them which country has left the club in 2020? – the UK. Explain the difference between England and the UK – Ukis a puzzle country with 4 pieces: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
- Discuss the reason for creating the club – to bring and keep peace between European countries which kept fighting.
- Make the smoothie – referring to the different ingredients as countries which when combined make something different.
- Discuss what happens when you bring different foods together – they make something new.
Conclusion of the lesson
- Get the children to drink the EU smoothie
- Discuss that a club is something you choose to belong to or to leave
- Mention that one country has chosen to leave – the UK (and not only England)