This lesson plan for primary students is designed to celebrate International Day of Peace on 21 September, but can be used at any time of the year.

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 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.

Age group:

Primary-aged students between 8 – 11 years old


CEF level A2 and above


40-45 minutes


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


Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2

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