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Barack Obama: UKS2 Inspirational People Comprehension and Writing Activities Pack

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Teach pupils in year 5 and year 6 about the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, during Black History Month, or at any other time. Obama was the first African American to hold this position and was determination to create a more equal society, something he continues to work since his presidency ended.

This resource pack teaches pupils all about this inspirational former president and how he used his influence to make changes to the lives of ordinary Americans. Pupils will also explore what motivated Obama to choose politics as a career and what they might consider when making choices about jobs and careers that they could have in the future.

The resources will:
- teach pupils about an inspirational person
- give pupils the opportunity to practise reading and comprehension skills
- prompt discussion about why people are inspirational
- prompt discussion about what influences people in their career choices

This pack includes:

  • Inspirational People: Barack Obama text and comprehension questions
  • PowerPoint teaching slides
  • Writing task sheet
  • Planning sheet

National Curriculum Programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to retrieve and recording information from non-fiction
Pupils should organise paragraphs around a theme.
PSHE (from PSHE Association programme of study)
Living in the wider world L28. about what might influence people’s decisions about a job or career (e.g.personal interests and values, family connections to certain trades or businesses,
strengths and qualities, ways in which stereotypical assumptions can deter people from aspiring to certain jobs)

  • Inspirational People: Barack Obama text and comprehension questions
  • PowerPoint teaching slides
  • Writing task sheet
  • Planning sheet
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