Activities to help build connection in these times
Many of the Peacemaker games and activities are designed to use in groups. During times of social distancing and isolation, we've been re-thinking some activities and redesigned them to be used via video or in a small class at school. They are suitable to be used at home or school and great for parents and the wider family to get involved with too.
Peace-building circles for schools and families
Games and activities for use in circle time. Use in school or at home to have fun together, learn more about each other and give space for talking about feelings and emotions.
Resources developed by Peacemakers to support peace education in schools.
Learning for Peace includes a book and online resources for primary schools wanting to bring fresh approaches to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. SMSC dovetails with the core ideas of Education for Peace which are presented through 5 themes – Inner Peace, Peaceful Choices, Peaceful Actions and Behaviours; Peaceful Relationships and Peaceful Communities.
The book and online resources costs £30 plus P&P, £20 per copy if you buy 3 or more.
Invoice – if your school would like an invoice, please email us with your contact information and purchase order number.
Quaker meetings: in May 2016 we wrote to all Quaker meetings in England inviting them to buy Learning for Peace as a gift for their local primary school. Local meetings can still order books for this purpose. Contact us for details.
Our Magic Carpet is made of high quality cotton and has been designed by children. The 'carpet' is used at the end of our Peacemaker sessions to affirm a person. If you're lucky enough to get on the Magic Carpet, people share positive thoughts and comments about you. Our free Magic Carpet resource and template certificate can be downloaded from our resources page.
Our Magic Carpets cost £20 each.
These gorgeous cards are conveniently sized to fit in a wallet, lanyard or back pocket. They are made from plastic and are really durable. For those of you who have had the Peacemakers Restorative Training, this is a lovely tool for you to have and keep.
Free Classroom Resources
Some of our favourite games and activities for you to try.
Chatterboxes can be used as conversation starters in the classroom. We use them in Peacemaker circles. Play a game to mix up everyone in the class and then give a chatterbox to groups of 4 children. Let them play a few rounds and have a discussion, then gather their thoughts and ideas.
Circle Games Chatterbox
Use this chatterbox as a choice maker with your class to decide which game to play next. The instructions for all the games are on this page.
Circle Time Games
Some of our favourite games for you to enjoy with your class!
The Sun Shines on You
Great game for mixing and an excellent ice breaker. Works with children and adults of all ages!
How do we make choices and what influences our decisions? Play Bus Stop and explore this with your pupils.
Fives and Cooperative Fives
Two versions of Fives, one competitive and one cooperative. Uses concentration, looking, listening and cooperation skills.
Sentence Starters: How would you feel...?
Sentences to help children develop their emotional vocabularies
Affirmation activities help raise the self-esteem of pupils in your class. Try them at the end of the day or at the end of the week.
Posters for your staffroom or classroom wall.
Plans and resources to help circle time stay focused and purposeful.
Peacemakers Antibullying Pack for Schools
This version can be printed as an A5 booklet. In your printer settings select double-sided, print by short edge.
Peacemakers Antibullying Pack for Schools - online
This version contains hyperlinks to featured websites and resources
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In Focus - Resource Sheets
These information sheets contain links to resources to support discussions about peace through different themes.
In Focus - Fairtrade
Birmingham’s Peace Hub regularly campaigns on Fairtrade issues and gets involved with Fairtrade Fortnight in February/March. Here we share opportunities for teaching and learning about fairness and trade justice.
In Focus - Teaching Controversial Issues
Talking to children and young people about what is happening in the world today, the stories they are hearing and the images they are seeing, can be challenging...
In Focus - Climate Change
Looking at opportunities for teaching and learning about Climate Change and its connection to peace.
In Focus - Summer of Sport
Activities and resources for celebrating a summer of sport in your school.
In Focus - Restorative Approaches
Looking at what we mean by restorative approaches, and offering some resources to get you started.
Watch how to play Peacemaker games and hear young people talking about our work.
Peace in the News
Articles and reports about Peacemakers, peace education and restorative approaches in schools.
Practical Approaches to Improve School Wellbeing and Strengthen Community Engagement
Promote peace at school with this practical guide, which provides a simple four step system for improving wellbeing and nurturing the potential of pupils and staff. It is full of easy-to-implement anti-stress and anti-bullying strategies, plus ideas for getting children interested in peace on a global level. This book includes a chapter from Peacemakers. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP). Buy through JKP and you can get 10% off, by using the discount code: Y18.
This book emerges from a deep concern about the direction of educational policy in the last decade and its effects on children, teachers and school leaders. It addresses contemporary educational issues from the perspectives of justice, peace, equality and truth, and is informed by Quaker approaches to these values. It presents a coherent approach to education, including subject teaching, that resonates with the authors' deep integrity in practice and in making sense of education. The book includes a chapter from Peacemakers.
The idea that sustainable peace can be encouraged via how and what we learn is known as peace education. This is not a rigid framework or set of curriculum guidelines. Rather, it's a way of approaching teaching which is defined by its human-centred ethos and emphasis on creating well-rounded learners. Peace education is globally recognised as a way to contribute to peace and development and is included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The European Union - a key actor in social policy, development and conflict resolution - is ideally placed to support and promote the use of peace education around the world.
In Peace Education: Making the case, QCEA's Peace Programme argues for a multi-layered approach to peace education on the part of the EU, with a cohesive, coordinated strategy for peace education as a peacebuilding and conflict prevention tool across relevant EU policies and programmes - both within its borders and around the world. With an exploration of the history of peace education, as well as case studies and institutional analysis, our new report encourages the EU to recognise what Quakers have understood for centuries - that peace is built in the classroom, as well as around a negotiating table.
Other organisations doing work in the pursuit of peace and peace education.