We began our 'Moving People' IPC unit with a fantastic entry point where the class became refugees for the day.
The children were given a letter the day before asking them to pack a bag at home ready to leave in ten minutes. They arrived at school the next day with their bag and were presented with a Syrian passport and character information. After a brief insight into life in Syria before and after the war, a few moments later the children had to find the other members of their family and evacuate their home of Damascus which was 'under attack'.
For the rest of the morning the children spent their time in character as a refugee, fleeing their home with their family in order to find asylum. Along the way they encountered many of the scenarios that refugees may be faced with such as missing family members, a lack of supplies, caring for the sick young and elderly, coming under fire, landmines, having to build a shelter and daily life in a refugee camp.
It offered a great insight for the children into the experiences of a refugee and super starting which left the class eager to learn more.