PSHE KS2 / KS3: Rachel's journey from a country in Eurasia

This short animated film explores the story of 17-year-old Rachel and her journey to getting residency in the UK.

Rachel talks of how her family initially escaped their country, following years of religious persecution, and settled in the UK. She describes this as her first experience of a normal childhood.

However, her family were soon sent to a detention centre and deported. Having escaped for a second time and travelled back to the UK; Rachel finally received news confirming her residency in the UK.

She now intends to study law, so that she can help others who have or are suffering in a similar way.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as an illustration of why some people have to flee their country, and therefore, help raise questions about persecution and war.

It could also be used to start a discussion around what it’s like for children adapting to life in the UK, identity and the effects of alienation and displacement they may experience.

In addition, in an English lesson this film could generate discussion for the different genres of writing, providing an example of narrative and describing personal experiences.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching PSHE, citizenship and PDE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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