Ask students to follow the animation, trying to answer the questions as they progress. These questions may help to guide and record their learning, writing answers in their books:
- What is the European Union?
- How many member states are there at present?
- What currency do most of these states use?
- Why does the UK not use this currency?
- Did you win your tickets to the music festival? Would you like to go to a real one?
When students have finished, it is possible to have a general sharing of what they have learned about the European Union. Then introduce current EU issues, for example enlargement or the proposed constitution. These questions may help to inspire thinking and idea sharing:
- Do you know which countries will join the EU in 2004?
- How can you balance national sovereignty with belonging to a wider Union?
- Do you think it is as good idea to expand the Union?
- What could be advantages or disadvantages of this?
- How might an agreed constitution help bring the EU together?
These questions are aimed to explore together the implications of a country belonging to a wider political, social and economic grouping - and for its people therefore to have different levels of identity as citizens. This could be posed as a challenge that also brings in being part of the Commonwealth and the United Nations. One way of doing this is to draw or design on-screen a self portrait and to label this with as many levels of citizenship as each student feels they can identify with, e.g. 'home town citizen', 'British citizen', 'European citizen', 'world citizen'.
Encourage students to explore active citizenship with the learning journeys. There are examples of Citizenship Action by other schools. They can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips, find out more on The Lowdown. Students who finish early can add their own ideas about rights and responsibilities on the messageboard.