With schools across the country closing early because of the COVID-19 virus, and the Easter holidays ahead, the challenge is on for parents and young people to find fun and educational activities to keep them busy.

We have put together some simple and fun activities that require no specialist knowledge from parents or young people, but that provide a great way to get involved in Stephen Lawrence Day whilst you learn and connect with the community…

Be the next poetry sensation:

This video is a series of spoken word poetry about Stephen Lawrence written and performed by young people, who are part of the Eggtooth project in Hastings.  Watch the video and read our information sheet to learn more about spoken word, use the video as a literary criticism or create your own spoken word.

Download activity here.

Get hands-on building your own bridge:

Stephen Lawrence Day is about being inclusive, and bridges are a way of connecting people and communities. We have set a challenge to build your own bridge, as a great way to think about some of the challenges involved in architecture and engineering.

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Read up a storm:

Reading is a great way to connect with the wider world when you can’t get out.  We’ve created a short reading list of books that are available to read for free on-line.  There is at least one book for young people of every age from 0 to 18 and, in keeping with the positive message of Stephen Lawrence Day, all the books on our list share a common theme of working together to make a better world.

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We are setting three different kinds of challenges – do good (a simple act of kindness to help others in your community); get creative (express what living your best life looks like for you through your chosen artform); or share the learning (find out about Stephen’s story and share it). Choose the challenge that suits you, or, if you’re feeling ambitions, why not do all three?

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Keep up your GCSE Citizenship studies:

If you are studying for a Citizenship GCSE, BBC Teach has a series of three 10-minute video clips from its award-winning documentary Stephen Lawrence: The murder that changed a nation.  With an introduction by Stephen’s brother, Stuart Lawrence, each clip has teaching notes with questions and activities to support your understanding around GCSE Citizenship.

Watch the videos here.

Learn about Stephen’s story:

This 13 minute video was created by young people at JUST Lincolnshire’s Stephen Lawrence Day event last year.  In the video they act out scenes from Stephen’s story, from hobbies he enjoyed, to changes in the law following his death, and the creation of Stephen Lawrence Day.  You can watch the video here, and there is also a link to it on our activity sheet about some of the ideas and issues it raises.

Download pack here.

Change the story:

Stephen Lawrence Day is about building a fairer and more inclusive society, but that can only happen when we treat everyone with fairness and respect.  Last year JUST Lincolnshire hosted an event to celebrate Stephen Lawrence Day, and young people at the event created videos highlighting the challenges of bullying, homophobia and transphobia.  Each video has questions and activities to help you think about how we can work together to create a society in which everyone can flourish.

Download pack here.