As teachers and learners look forward to the holidays and taking a well-earned break, it’s also a good time to reflect on the past year. This end-of-term quiz looks at eight different events from 2017 and encourages learners to consider and discuss a variety of topics.
Suggested age range: 11–19
Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Tutor time
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How to run the quiz
One recommended way to use this quiz is to divide your group into teams, each with a captain and team name. Each topic has four different rounds and focus on refugees and migration, disasters and emergencies, first aid and conflict.
For the picture round and right the wrong questions, allow team members to confer for a short time, before taking an answer from the captain. For the picture round, award points for the closest answer.
Ask the team captain to nominate a team member to answer the opinion question. Ensure that different team members get a turn to be nominated.
Award points, maybe a mark out of ten, for the response. Or ask the opposing team to do the scoring and judge, fairly, how well other teams dealt with the question. Ask students to bear in mind that a thoughtful and well-argued answer can be worth points, even if you don't agree with it.
Do the same with the discussion questions, beginning with the team then opening up the discussion to the whole group. Bonus points can be awarded for especially insightful comments.
Be flexible; allow for healthy competition with the scoring, but remember that the discussion and exploration is the main point. If the group gets interested in a particular statement, make time to follow it up and find out more.
Note: This quiz takes a light-hearted approach and is meant to be fun as well as educational. However, because it is news-related, it refers to events that have affected many people, sometimes badly. Try to keep in mind the people and stories behind the photos, even while enjoying the quiz.
Some young people might be affected by some of the themes or images; ensure they are able to opt out and assign someone they can speak to for support if needed.
- What is happening? Where are they?
The people pictured are young men practising Parkour in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil, which was bombed during the conflict. Their trained coach, 19-year-old Ibrahim al-Kadiri, discovered Parkour during time he spent as a refugee in Jordan.
Right the wrong
Three of these statements are TRUE and one is FALSE. Identify the FALSE statement.
- Parkour involves running, climbing, jumping, swinging and rolling around buildings and obstacles.
- Parkour is also known as “free running” because it is against the law to charge money for it.
- One of the Parkour team in Inkhil says Parkour “gets us out of the atmosphere of war and makes us forget some of our pain and sorrow”.
- If your attention is fully concentrated on an activity like Parkour, you can focus less on anxieties or other emotions.
FALSE: 1. Parkour is also known as “free running” because it is against the law to charge money for it.
Free running has this name because people say they feel free when they practise it.
Think of something you have done recently which took your entire focus. Describe how it made you feel.
Why might team sports or activities help you in challenging times?
Download the quiz to get more picture rounds on stories from Hurricane Harvey to cheese rolling.
This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in December 2017.