This lesson promotes the values of peace, respect and tolerance in the classroom.

Katherine Bilsborough

The United Nations' International Day of Peace is on 21 September. Its aim is to get governments and individuals around the world to commit to 'peace above all differences'. By promoting peace, respect and tolerance in the classroom, teachers can help to instil important values in their learners that will help them be responsible citizens. In this lesson, learners classify people into peacemakers and peace-breakers.

The lesson starts by looking at different ways of saying and writing the word 'peace' around the world. In the main part of the lesson, learners focus on peacemakers and peace-breakers in a classroom context. Information is presented in a fun way through a jigsaw reading activity in which pupils practise saying letters of the alphabet. The lesson finishes with learners collaborating to make a poster for the classroom.


  • To celebrate the International Day of Peace
  • To promote the values of peace, respect and tolerance in the classroom
  • To encourage pupils to use English creatively
  • To practise saying letters of the alphabet


Primary (8–11 years)


CEFR level A2 and above


40–45 minutes


The lesson plan and worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need some card and colour pencils or crayons for the poster.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2

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