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Lesson title: Understanding knife crime

Relevant curriculum purposes: Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world; Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

Relevant areas of learning and experience: Health and Wellbeing; Humanities

Relevant strand of RSE curriculum: Empowerment, safety and respect

Session aims

  • To educate young people on the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife
  • To understand the knock-on effects of knife crime and how it impacts family and friends
  • To explore alternatives to carrying a knife and address safety concerns
  • To build resilience in young people and develop conflict resolution skills.

How to run the lesson

You should begin as a whole class, then break off into smaller groups for the various discussion and roleplay exercises.

Activities and timings

Note: Briefing to be given to participants on the highly emotive content of the videos. Please use your professional judgment to decide the suitability of this resource for those in your setting.

Activity one

Title: Knife Crime: Know the facts

Time: 10 minutes

Facilitator activity

The trainer first presents the introductory video to participants and then goes through the PowerPoint explaining facts about knife crime.

Participant activity

• Listen
• Discuss
• Ask and answer questions

Activity two

Title: The cost of carrying a knife: Watch and discuss

Time: 20 minutes

Facilitator activity

Continuing the presentation, split your class into groups before showing them some or all the videos. Assign a video to each group and task them with answering the questions on the slides. Each group then reports back with their answers.

Participant activity

• Watch the videos
• Discuss the questions
• Present back to the wider group

Activity three

Title: Managing conflict: Exercises for young people

Time: 20 minutes

Facilitator activity

Assign one of the five exercises to each group. Get them to report back at the end.

Participant activity

• Read the exercise
• Discuss and prepare your answers
• Report back to the wider group

Activity four

Title: Knife crime in the UK: A quiz for young people

Time: 10 minutes

Facilitator activity

In groups or as individuals, the facilitator acts as quiz master reading out each question. Ask participants to swap their answer sheets as you read out the answers at the end.

Participant activity

• Listen and answer the questions.
• Mark someone else’s answers.

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Option for a little long-form, which probably won’t be needed, but handy to have the option all the same.