How the Project Works

Note: Teacher’s notes, materials, links and references regarding project three-steps activity will be provided via e-mail after your registration.

Join us on a three-step activity that links with curriculum requirements for KS3 in English, History and PHSCE. The activity also links to the requirement to teach British values to promote further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. We encourage groups to share with us their work on Step Two and Step Three so that we can celebrate your work. More information on this in the “Celebration section”.

Step 1: Introduction

With the centennial as a starting point, we provide materials for students to learn about the history of Poland and the re-birth of the country after partition. We’ve included a timeline of events before, during and after WWII for Poles, and some stories about important Poles through history. Students also learn the history of important links between Britain and Poland, and the reasons for Polish migration to the UK.

Step 2: Interview

Small groups of students contact and arrange interviews with people of Polish origin. The interview should include three issues: (i) the centennial and cooperation between Poland and UK; (ii) why did they migrate and what were and are their experiences of life in the UK; and (iii) how community cohesion, tolerance and understanding might be improved. Interviews can be written, recorded or filmed.

Step 3: Discussion and presentation

The interviews are a starting point for a discussion about the life of the Polish community, and more generally, about the diversity within communities. Each group should discuss their interviewee’s experiences and views on community cohesion, as well as their own thoughts and ideas about this topic. They then discuss community integration and come up with ideas for strengthening it.
Students present their suggestions. These presentations may then be shared, discussed, compared and contrasted further in class. They can even be synthesized into whole school assemblies, publications, exhibitions or presentations for public forums at which Polish community members can be present.