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Maths of migration – KS3/4 refugee cross-curricular plan

Key Stage

KS3, KS4


Years 7-11


This is a series of cross-curricular lessons looking at stories of migration. It’s a great activity to work on during Refugee Week.

As maths teacher Jess Barnecutt explains in her accompanying article, the sessions have been designed to promote creative, critical thinking.

After examining the included migration data, students are asked to ask and answer questions, presenting their findings via infographic posters.

The download includes four lessons (PowerPoint and Keynotes files) and accompanying resources:

  • Session 1 (approx one hour): introducing the context and data
  • Session 2 (approx 30 mins): introduction to infographics
  • Session 3 (approx 30 mins): planning the poster
  • Session 4 (approx one to two hours): creating the poster
  • Session 5: poster conference
  • Primary data from Mediterranean Migration Crisis project (MEDMIG)
  • Excel help sheet

NOTE: the issues in these sessions may resonate with some learners, and some viewers may find the animation traumatic. Please watch it before showing to your class, and consider alerting learners of its nature before viewing.

This activity was created with Oaklands School. The data is from MEDMIG, led by Professor Heaven Crawley PhD. The Star Fading animation is created by Karrie Fransman for PositiveNegatives. For more educational activities and videos bringing to life humanitarian, social and other contemporary issues, please visit PositiveNegatives education.

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Maths of migration – KS3/4 refugee cross-curricular plan

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