What you might need to know

In this lesson, we get the children to think about what it means to be part of a club. They are usually part of clubs themselves so they have lots to say about the good and the bad things about being in a club. We draw parallels with Ireland belonging to the EU club.

The club was created to bring peace to Europe. It managed to do this so it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for its success in preserving peace for over 60 years.

The EU is a really big club of 28 countries. It goes from Ireland on the edge to the West to Cyprus on the opposite edge to the East. The smallest population and country is Malta, located under the country shaped like a boot (Italy). The largest population is in Germany. The EU is a united and very diverse club.

To engage the children in understanding what a Union is versus an aggregation of individual countries, we get them to make a smoothie. Each fruit represents a country. They’re all delicious by themselves but when they come together, they make something new, the EU!