GMD Schools: Resources for November and reminders about the poetry competition

GMD Schools: Resources for November and reminders about the poetry competition


We hope this email finds you well.  November is a month of many national events related to memorialisation and learning.  The commemoration of the two world wars in particular, the Gunpowder plot and even Islamopohobia Awareness feature heavily in the calendar.  Please find below some cross curricular selected resources from the Genocide Memorial Day site that may be of interest.

Resources for November
KS2    ‘The Parrot and the Merchant’.  Marjan Vafi’s book is an illustrated short retelling of one of Rumi’s stories. 
Learning objectives:
To learn about freedom;
to question our decisions and thinking about ‘others’;
to learn about the ideas of ‘false’ borders.
ALSO to learn about how thinking about ‘borders’ and ‘others’ can lead to violence.
To learn what genocide is from this context.

Order the book here, use BOOKS4SCHOOL at the checkout for a 15% discount.

KS3  How do we Interpret History: What is Historiography?

One lesson includes 20 minute video, lesson powerpoint and PDF manual.  All items included in link.

Rebecca is an English Muslim who travelled to Granada in Spain.  She reflects on what she was taught as a child and what she found out later about Spain in the long 16th century, and how her trip affected her understanding of history.
Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand about interpretations of history
  2. To learn the word historiography
  3. To understand some of the factors that influence interpretations of history

KS4  & KS5 The Holocaust and Eugenics
Includes powerpoint presentation and PDF manual for teachers in link.

Learning outcomes:

  1. To learn about eugenics and its role in the Holocaust
  2. To learn about the wider role of eugenics in early 20th century political thinking
  3. To think about how eugenics stems from racialisation of people as other / deviant etc.
  4. To identify the legacy of eugenics in current times and identify the problems with resurgent
    thinking about eugenics.

Our lesson plans and resources for various ages, abilities and Key Stages can help you in offering innovative and thought provoking lessons aimed at developing critical thinking and awareness of the causes and ways to prevent extreme violence and genocide.

You can find all our lesson plans on our TES resources page, you can find all our school resources including lesson plans, lists and links to films and other material here.

We also have a discount of 15% available for small orders of those items stocked by the IHRC Bookshop. Please use the code BOOKS4SCHOOL at the checkout. If you want to make a larger order and get a larger discount, please contact the bookshop directly on

Poetry Competition for 2020
The GMD competition* challenges your students to write a poem and reflect the theme of protecting humanity from genocide. Full details of the competition can be found here.

You have until 1stDecember 2019 to enter. Winners will be announced around or at the Genocide Memorial Day event in London on Sunday 19th January 2020 and will be awarded a certificate of achievement.  The winner of first prize get the chance to visit Bosnia on an educational trip to join one of the commemorative ceremonies and other relevant activities.

In addition to our individual prizes, IHRC will be offering a prize to the school which has entered the most entries.

The competition generally cuts across various curriculum strands including history, English literature, politics, sociology, religious education, citizenship and media studies.

We hope to continue this project with your support and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

With prayers and peace,

Genocide Memorial Day Team

*  The Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) poetry competition was established in 2012 to raise awareness around issues like racism, otherisation, discrimination and dehumanisation. Our aim is to inspire students to express themselves through writing poetry and help teachers in subjects across the curriculum encourage students to learn about and discuss genocide and more particularly how genocides come about and how they may be prevented.

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