The focus of this unit is on the importance of contributing in big and small ways to make
a difference to individuals, our community and our world. Research has found that
engaging in activities which are meaningful and altruistic leads to greater enjoyment of
things you do, feelings of happiness, a sense of hope for the future and Increased
physical and mental wellbeing. Studies are finding that when we shift our focus from
‘Me’ to ‘We’ and connect to something bigger to find meaning and purpose, we are
not only happier but experience less stress, anxiety and depression.
It is important for children to understand that, whilst many of the issues in the world can feel very big, even small things can make a positive difference and be hugely meaningful for those that are involved.
Key Messages to Communicate
1. Things humans do have an impact on the world
To become active citizens and effective contributors, children need to learn that their
actions can potentially have a positive and negative impact on the world. By
encouraging children to understand some of the issues that are affecting people and
the world globally such as inequality, poverty, human rights to the environment,
technology and animal welfare they can also be supported to begin to make the links between how personal decisions and actions, for example consumption and
consumerism, can have ramifications for others across the world.
2. Children can contribute to solving problems in the world
Pupils will be encouraged to find examples of where children themselves have been
extremely effective contributors to positive action and change. These children were
motivated by feeling passionate about a particular issue that affected them, their
community and/or the world. With self-belief, the right plan and support children can
challenge the status quo and make a difference which will in turn contribute to their
sense of meaning and purpose in life.
3. Smalls things can make a meaningful difference
Sometimes we need to start somewhere. Pupils will be asked to think about the things
they care about, whether it be the environment, a social issue or a something in the local
community, that they would like to change. They will then be supported and
encouraged to come up with a personal and class plan for what they would like to do
to make a positive difference to a cause they care about.