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Updated 12 September 2003, 14.29
Chips

PSHE 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Prejudice and stereotypes

Overview
A survey has been made of what people's favourite foods are in different parts of the UK.

Students design and make a poster to show what makes their area unique.

Learning aims

  • Understand the meaning of 'regional differences'.

  • Design and create a poster that shows how their local area is unique.
Icebreaker
Read the story Chip fans admit odd dipping habits.

Ask the class:

  • How far do you agree with the findings of the survey?

  • Do the majority of the class prefer their chips a certain way?

  • Is the class' taste a good reflection of that of the local area?

  • Are there other regional differences that the class feel aware of?

Main activity
Fact File
Definition
Unique - of which there is only one; one and no other
Ask students for their definition of 'unique'.

Students design and create a campaign poster with images and text that demonstrates their local areas uniqueness.

They should remember the following:

  • Their poster needs to stand out from the rest.

  • Include photographs or illustrations so that people can see what the place looks like.

  • Add a catchy slogan, that will stick in people's minds.

  • Leave space around the edges of the poster for banners. These can be used to carry slogans or small pictures/logos. They are attractive and in some cases may be all that a viewer will look at.

  • Use plenty of bullet points. They break up the text and people like sound bites.

Points you may want students to consider:

  • Traditions
  • Historical sites
  • Cultural diversity
  • Local foods
  • Local dialect or slang
  • Music venues
  • Local sporting activity
  • Important buildings
  • Local talent and famous people
  • Concert halls and theatres
  • Local parks and open spaces
  • Museums and galleries
  • Other local entertainments

Online game
If the whole class has web access, our online Nervy Navigator game will help rehearse their knowledge of UK cities.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points.

The class provide constructive feedback on the design and content of their posters.

Which parts of the local area's culture do students consider more important?

Teachers' Background

  • Tony Blair stated that Britain is divided between the "haves and the have nots" rather than by a north-south gap.

  • Disposable income per head in London is 11,084 compared to 8,080 in the north east.

  • Unemployment rates vary from 3.7% in the south east to 10.1% in the north east.

  • Percentage of households receiving benefit ranges from 63% in the south east to 77% in the north east.

  • Percentage of households living in poor housing in 1996 varied from 11% in the south west to 19% in London.
Turn this into an assembly

  • Make enlarged versions of suitable images.

  • Display a wall-chart of the UK.

  • Ask for volunteers to express opinions.

For all links and resources click at top right.


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UKChip fans admit odd dipping habits
UKCities set for culture clash
GamesGame: Find UK cities in Nervy Navigator!

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