Badgie’s Year 6 class recently staged an incredibly thoughtful school assembly based around the idea of human rights. This is a very complex subject dating back many years. We started off our assembly by looking at the Magna Carta. We asked our friends from other year groups what they might already know about this famous historical document.
We were pleased to see that our assembly audience already knew a fair amount of information about the Magna Carte. Year 6 explained how the Magna Carta set out how everyone in England had to obey the law. This included King John. We looked at the idea of equality. Year 6 suggested that this is important as the rights of poor people weren’t protected.
The Year 6 assembly then advanced along the historical timeline to look at the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Badgie’s Class have been trying to scale down this vast document to highlight what we think are the 15 most important declarations. We have found this incredibly difficult. All of the rights contained in the document are very important for us all.
A short video was then watched. We posed the question of how successful has the Declaration of Human Rights been? We soon found that it is only a series of ideas written down. Sadly it is not an enforceable piece of law.
This incredibly thoughtful assembly then concluded with the Year 6 pupils asking their friends to reflect on the own rights that we have growing up in London. We also asked how we could help in the future to make these universal and available to other people.
You can listen to three of the Year 6 students elaborating a little more on the themes contained in their assembly in the recording below.