We are delighted to bring to you a wealth of teaching resources, lesson plans, websites and information on visits from partnering Holocaust and genocide organisations that specialise in the delivery of the topic in the curriculum. Unless otherwise stated, most resources are aimed at secondary school students.
Please ensure that as an educator, you ensure that all content is appropriate for your students prior to use in lessons.
Websites for students
The Holocaust Explained www.holocaustexplained.org
The Holocaust Explained website is to help students with their school work, both in school and at home. It is designed to support the school curriculum. The site has images (pictures, maps, videos, diagrams) to help explain concepts and events. There is text to describe the historical events and ‘reflective learning activities’ to enhance students’ understanding of the issues and concepts. The website is run by the London Jewish Cultural Centre.
Suitable for KS3 / KS4 / KS5
Primary resource / experience
The Holocaust Centre www.holocaustcentre.net
Situated in Laxton in the North Nottinghamshire countryside, The Holocaust Centre houses two permanent exhibitions on the Holocaust and is set in landscaped memorial gardens.
‘The Journey’ exhibition at The Holocaust Centre is the UK’s first and only primary school exhibition dedicated to teaching younger students about the Holocaust. Since opening in September 2008, hundreds of students have visited and learnt about the experiences of Jewish children who lived through the Holocaust and survived or who escaped from Nazi Germany before the war began. Through the use of survivor testimony, film, photographs and artefacts, ‘The Journey’ provides a multi-sensory, immersive and interactive experience, aimed at engaging and enthusing younger learners in an exploration of this difficult area of history.
Places to visit and educational materials
Wiener Library, London www.wienerlibrary.co.uk
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest Holocaust memorial institution, tracing its history back to 1933. Today the Library continues from strength to strength, acquiring major collections, holding regular lectures and events, providing a focal point for researchers, the media, the public and students both young and old.
Learning materials (useful for students’ independent research)
Travelling Exhibition (Free to hire to all UK education institutions and community groups)
View current exhibitions and events on at the Wiener Library
If you are a teacher, you can arange a visit for your class
Imperial War Museums www.iwm.org.uk
The Holocaust Exhibition at IWM London provides a chronological narrative of the Holocaust drawing upon a unique collection of film, photographs, artefacts and survivor testimonies. Alongside the exhibition, the learning programme aims to support students and teachers with the aid of audio guide tours for Years 9 to 13, object handling and discussion sessions. Informal Holocaust learning sessions for families take place throughout the year at IWM London and Holocaust learning sessions also take place at IWM North.
- Reflections is a multi-disciplinary resource pack containing 34 detailed lesson plans including classroom activities, pre-visit and post-visit material is available through the website.
- A free DVD film resource for schools exploring pre-Second World War Jewish life and culture and the development of anti-semitism before the Holocaust will be launched in autumn 2012.
- Workshops and seminars for professional organisations, trainee teachers and INSET for primary and secondary school teachers are available by contacting Rachel Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The online resource, Their Past Your Future, provides online lesson ideas and resources linked to the Holocaust and themes exploring conflict from the First World War to today.
The Holocaust Centre www.holocaustcentre.net
As well as being a great resource for primary schools and younger students the Holocaust Centre in Laxton, North Nottinghamshire is a great place to visit for all ages and includes provision for secondary school students as well. The centre provides facilities for people of all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. As well as the permanent exhibition on the Nazi period there is a space for reflection in the memorial rose gardens.
During the school year, the Holocaust Centre dedicates as much time as possible to school visits. A typical school visit involves:
- an introductory talk, supported by a short film
- viewing the Holocaust exhibition
- visiting the memorial gardens
- hearing first-hand the experiences of a Holocaust survivor
- questions and discussion of contemporary issues
- time for personal reflection and feedback
A visit workbook is provided for students. This helps them to focus on important aspects of the exhibition and gardens and encourages them to consider the causes of persecution and genocide.
Primary and secondary resources and lesson plans
Anne Frank Trust www.annefrank.org.uk
The Anne Frank Trust UK draws on the power of Anne Frank’s life and diary to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred, encouraging people to embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others. They aim to do this through their educational projects, operating across the country in schools, prisons and communities.
Asociatia Tikvah www.tikvah.ro
Asociatia Tikvah is a not-for-profit Holocaust remembrance and human rights organisation based in Oradea, Romania. Their website contains detailed information about the Jewish community in Oradea, testimony from Holocaust survivors and resources for teaching the Holocaust and about Human Rights.
CPD for teachers and lesson plans
IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education www.ioe.ac.uk/Holocaust
The Institute of Education (IOE) has created the world's first research-informed programme of teacher development in Holocaust education, uniquely responsive to classroom needs.
IoE will be delivering their national free CPD programme for teachers in venues across England. It is open to anyone with an interest in Holocaust education and is the only programme in the world that is research informed. Teachers leave with access to a wealth of materials as well as practical ideas. Dates will be on our website for free registration from the end of June 2012. They are also more than happy to visit schools and deliver mini CPD on site, again for free as well as our national initial teacher education programme.
Six lesson starters was produced by the IOE’s Centre for Holocaust Education team and Teachers’ TV. Each of the six elements consists of a short film and lesson ideas (PDF). Although the films cannot be downloaded from the IOE website they can be downloaded from:
Suitable for KS3 upwards.
With thanks to: IOE’s Centre for Holocaust Education, University of London and Teachers’ TV
Visit to Auschwitz for students and teachers
Holocaust Educational Trust www.het.org.uk
The Holocaust Educational trust (HET) works with schools, colleges and communities across the UK to educate about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.
HET's teaching resources are available to download free of charge from the ‘teaching tools’ section of the website. Materials include lesson plans, schemes of work and classroom activities. Online registration is simple and takes just a couple of minutes.
HET – teacher training opportunities
HET offers bespoke teacher training sessions to primary and secondary school teachers in schools across the country. Sessions are delivered free of charge by their educational experts and focus on pedagogical issues; using appropriate teaching materials in the classroom as well as effective ways of marking HMD.
HET - outreach programme
Through the Outreach Programme, HET arranges for Holocaust survivors to visit schools to share their personal testimonies and for our trained educators to deliver workshop sessions. Sessions can be booked to tie in with HMD activities and commemorations taking place in schools.
Resources and teaching materials on Rwanda
The following resources are predominantly for use with Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students. Some material is not appropriate for younger students.
- Read testimonies from survivors of the Rwandan Genocide
- Visit the media library which provides a collection of video and audio files relating to the Rwandan genocide
- PDF exhibitions that can be downloaded and used – panels can be selected depending on the type of information needed
- UK Survivors Project - offers short clips of interviews with UK based survivors and educational material to accompany them
- View images from SURF (some may be unsuitable for younger students)
Jim Fanning, Assistant Headteacher at Tideway School has developed a VLE site for his students which he has kindly shared with us.
Resources and teaching materials on LGBT issues
FREE - This DVD is designed for primary school children to encourage them to challenge homophobia from an early age while they are in an environment where those who are perceived to be different can often face bullying. It consists of four loosely connected 15-minute films that work together to explore themes of diversity and respect, while confronting homophobic attitudes and language. The DVD comes with a booklet that provides questions teachers can pose to children to get them to reflect on what they have seen. To order a copy of FREE, please visit the Stonewall website.
FIT - This feature film adaptation of a play for schools has been created for secondary schools, colleges and youth groups to show young people and help tackle issues such as homophobic bullying, coming out and fitting in. You can order a copy of FIT here.
Stonewall also provides a number of lesson plans for key stage one and two pupils to help create a better, more inclusive environment within schools and beyond their gates. These tackle topics such as the diversity of loving relationships and the impact of homophobia on its victims.
Teachers can also order training DVDs to better prepare them for exploring LGBT issues with their pupils and resource packs including stickers, posters and postcards to distribute among their students.
Resources and teaching materials on racism
Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card has a number of resources available to teachers to help them explore issues of racism against the backdrop of football with their students.
- The Anti-Racism Education Pack, which can be ordered in hard copy with an accompanying DVD or downloaded free from the website, explores the background and history of racism, how people experience racism, and how to deal with and campaign against racism. The resource should help teachers and other educators teach young people to challenge racism and promote equality throughout society. The accompanying DVD is suitable for students from Year 4 onwards.
- The Islamophonia Education Pack, which is also available in conjunction with a DVD, looks at racism aimed specifically at Muslims. Rather than looking into Islam as a faith, it addresses prejudice and stereotypes experienced by Muslims and the background to how Islamophobia has arisen within society in recent years. The resource is suitable for young people from upper Key Stage 2 to adults.
- A Safe Place is another DVD and education pack combination, aiming to debunk race-based myths about asylum seekers. It looks at the stereotypes asylum seekers face, the reasons that they are seeking asylum. It is designed to encourage empathy for asylum seekers and increase understanding of issues of identity and diversity.
- Lastly, Out of Site looks at racism surrounding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. It includes a range of activities including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic to engage all different kinds of learners and is suitable from Key Stage 2 to adult. Out of Site should give young people the confidence to challenge GRT stereotyping and racism and give them a better understanding of GRT communities.
Before teachers embark upon tackling racism through classroom activities, Show Racism the Red Card has provided a guidance document to help them on their way with advice and activities.