Diversity 01
A negative attitude towards others because of their colour, religion or ethnic origin is known as prejudice.

Diversity 01

When studying KS3 citizenship, diversity means cultural diversity. A culturally diverse community contains people from a wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds. These communities can be extremely interesting places in which to grow up. Children in diverse communities will have friends with different backgrounds and can learn a lot about the world and the way other cultures live.

Unfortunately, there are people who cannot see the benefits of living in a diverse culture. Some of them develop a negative attitude towards others because of their colour, religion or ethnic origin. These attitudes are called prejudices and are sometimes passed on from parents to children.

People with prejudices often forget (or don't realise) that they too have a diversity of ancestors.

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Take for example the British. The earliest people who lived in Britain were family tribes who arrived here from the continent. Over the years, others arrived from different parts of Europe and also settled in Britain. In more modern history, England has been invaded by the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the French. These invaders have all settled here and their cultures have been mixed as the generations passed, creating the British culture. Many of the words that appear in the English language have origins in different languages - Latin, Hindi, German, French, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Viking and more. Other cultures and languages have been influenced in the same way.

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  1. What are multiple identities?
    For example: Geordie/Catholic
  2. Who is the largest religious minority in the UK?
    The Christian religions are the main ones in Britain
  3. Which one of these statements best describes a 'global citizen'?
    The term was used by US President Obama in 2008 in a speech in Berlin
  4. Which two languages had a major influence during the Middle English period?
    The study of the origins of a word is called etymology
  5. What is the title of the poem relating to diversity written by Benjamin Zephaniah?
    This is a poem that summarises the cultural diversity of Britain
  6. Which of these is not a Germanic word?
    Zero is Arabic
  7. Being open-minded and accepting people for who they are, regardless of where they came from is known as what?
    Citizenship teaches that tolerance and understanding is more likely to lead to a peaceful and safe community
  8. A negative attitude towards others because of their colour, religion or ethnic origin is known as what?
    Prejudice is not a healthy attitude to have in a community as it leads to conflict
  9. Old English, Middle English and Modern English: what are these periods referring to?
    Old English is also known as Anglo-Saxon
  10. When people flee their own country and seek a place of safety in another country, what do they apply for?
    They are known as asylum seekers

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