Mediate - Ivybridge Primary School

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This lesson explores how conflicts can
be resolved by looking at things fairly,
and how a mediator can help to make
this happen.
When we get into arguments with
people, the problem won’t be sorted
until both parties feel that they have
been treated fairly.
In order to make things fair, all parties
have to:
Avoid making things worse
Work together
Find a solution
First we have to try to understand – by
putting ourselves in the other person’s
Each person must be allowed to say how
they feel – without being interrupted.
In order for it to work:
Each person must listen carefully to what
the other has to say.
Everyone must make sure they don’t make
the situation worse … so
put downs
revealing of secrets
screaming or shouting
fighting, kicking, pushing!
Each person must be determined to work
together with the others.
This means:
Taking turns
Speaking quietly, but firmly
Active listening
Talking about how you feel, without
blaming anyone.
Now find a solution by brainstorming
Think of as many ideas as possible!
All parties must take responsibility for
their part of the agreement.
And stick to what has been decided.
…. And be prepared to talk again if things
aren’t improving.
How’s about
another chat?
O.K. That’s cool!
Once there were two women who both
wanted a lemon.
However, as luck would have, it there
was only one left in the shop.
Without discussion
they both agreed
to take half.
One woman took her half lemon home
and squeezed it to make a drink.
The juice barely
covered the
bottom of the
The other grated the rind to make an
lemon flavoured cake (although it wasn’t
as flavoursome as she had hoped).
The juice went
Had they taken the time to talk and
negotiate with each other, they both
could have had what they wanted- the
juice or the rind of a whole lemon!
• Negotiate - to discuss something
• Mediate – to act as a go between
• Resolve – to make your mind up
Activities to complete this lesson include:
• small group role play
to practice mediation
• writing own tale like
‘The Short Tale of
the Lemon’
• making silhouette
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If you enjoyed this lesson, why not try:
Working for Peace
How some charities work for reconciliation. Areas of the
World where there is strife. How can we make the
World a more peaceful place? Co-operative games.
Great Soul
How Ghandi brought about change by peaceful means.
Revenge and forgiveness. Racism and the law.
Useful Web Links
• free lesson plans and resources on conflict resolution
• - tips on
resolving conflict with children
ationships.htm - PSHE ideas, lessons and resources on
encouraging children to work together
• ideas for cooperative games