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Peacemakers and peace-breakers

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Use this lesson in face-to-face or online teaching to promote the values of peace, respect and tolerance in the classroom.

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.

Aims (face-to-face teaching)

  • 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

Aims (online teaching)

  • To review classroom rules
  • To encourage learners to apply ideas to other contexts
  • To promote the value of peaceful resolutions
  • To develop discussion and evaluation skills
  • To apply ideas to practical scenarios and practise speaking skills


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.

Important: Please read

To support teachers having to work online during the COVID-19 pandemic, this lesson has been adapted for teachers providing online classes. The lesson notes are specifically for online lessons and the class materials have been made available as a PowerPoint.

Included in the teachers' notes, there is guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2

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