Go-Givers: New Primary Programme launched
The Citizenship Foundation today launched Go-Givers, a FREE online resource for Primary Schools (KS1-2) featuring animated characters: the ‘Go-Givers’. Funded by the Cabinet Office, Go-Givers is an exciting new programme helping primary age children explore the issues they face in local, national and global settings and to understand what it means to be part of a caring society.Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation said “The primary school is where teachers nurture young lives and where children learn to interact with others. Go-Givers seeks to show primary school children how they can grow up to be an active part of a caring society, and to encourage them to think about others; through community action, charitable support and the democratic process.”
“Primary schools are already active in promoting charitable activities. Go-Givers seeks to show primary school children the bigger picture, allowing children to think about the issues behind the fun and the fundraising and to empower them to believe they can make a meaningful difference in their school, their community and the wider world.”
Speaking at today’s launch, Campbell Robb – Director General of the Office of the Third Sector – said: “The instinct to think about the welfare of others lies at the heart of a thriving civil society, and primary school is often the time when children first learn what means to put the needs of others alongside their own. This imaginative and creative project aims to provide valuable opportunities for pupils to learn what it means to play an active role in the society they’re growing up in, and to help teachers and parents support their understanding.”
Go-Givers is a three-part website containing sections for teachers, parents and children designed to tie into both the Citizenship curriculum as well as the wider primary curriculum. The teacher’s area is designed to be used on an interactive whiteboard and each activity can be personalised to the children, their classroom and their school. The programme includes a number of innovative electronic features and humorous, simply written stories, which tackle issues directly affecting primary age children.
Teachers can download presentations and learning materials suited to a range of ages and abilities. These include lesson plans for assemblies, and activities to stimulate discussion, deeper thinking and further study. The site also provides access to a wide range of resources that can be used in citizenship teaching, such as a ballot box to give students the opportunity to vote during a class debate, and a Children’s Toolkit which includes tips for writing letters and public speaking.
Parents can get involved in the project, linking what their children learn in school with their home life. The ‘our pledge’ facility encourage schools, parents and children to think about what they can do to help others, and make a pledge to carry it through.