Starting from the position of how British people use the Flag today,
pupils are asked to consider the importance of the flag in 1897 (Queen
Victoria's Jubilee) 1940 (WW2) and 2002 (Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee)
and are asked the question 'do we need a new flag today?'
The resource provides a series of seven lessons that encourage
pupils to think about what the 'Union' flag represents, and for whom?
They are encouraged to challenge the use of the Union flag, at various
times, and by various groups of people, and then to consider how
British national values have changed over the last 200 years.
By doing this activity pupils will develop those skills that are
essential if they are to have the confidence to challenge extremist use
of the Union flag, and to be able to effectively discuss and evaluate
potentially controversial issues.
The additional weblinks within the resource provide ample
opportunity to personalise the lessons or to tailor them to meet the
needs of learners in different contexts. Teachers can also explore the
use of image and symbolism in their relation to 'identity'.