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Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.5

Rules for a happy class


  1. Write "rule" on the board.
  2. Ask students to suggest examples of rules and write them on the board under the heading "What's a rule". If necessary, the teacher may suggest examples.
  3. Choose a suitable example for discussion. e.g. "You're not allowed to drive too fast." Explain why or in what circumstances the example is needed. Who does it affect? Does it ensure a degree of fairness for all? Ask students to discuss other examples.
  4. Ask students whether they know any class rules. Discuss why we need class rules. Ask students if they can think of any other rules we need for a happy class. Revisit the questions discussed in Activity 3.2 and discuss the fair and unfair behaviours that may occur at school.
  5. After the discussion, decide on the most important rules for a happy class (up to 10) and write them on a piece of card or butcher's paper for display in the classroom.

Teacher notes

  1. This activity encourages students to understand that they can influence decisions which help make fairer daily lives for all.