House and Home
Key ideas: Home. What is home?
Show the children a picture of a house and ask the following
Task Question: Is this a home? Why?
Bring up a picture of a person sleeping rough (could also have a tent/campervan)
- Is this home?
- Is ‘a house’ the same as ‘a home’?
- What is home?
The above is to get them thinking about the idea of whether home is connected to having a house. There might be tangential discussions about whether it’s home if you own it or whether you sleep there.
Regarding the refugees and the EU question, I thought it might be interesting to get them to think how broad the term home is/should be. What do we mean when we say ‘Britain is my home’?
You could have pictures of (or just write the words on whiteboards):
- Your school
- Your town
- The Uk
- The world
- The universe!
Task Question: Are any of these home?
Pliny the elder, a Roman Philosopher once wrote “Home is where the heart is”
- What do you think he meant by that?
- Was he right?
- Can your home be somewhere you hate?
- Is home a place? A feeling? An idea? A person or people? Something else?
Further Explorations Online:
Click the link for a short article on the Hellenic view of home. It talks about some of the ideas above but also got me thinking about the idea of home as a non-physical entity, a state of being, comfortableness, love or freedom.