People Who Help Us

People Who Help Us

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People within the community help us in lots of different ways. Explore key figures and build a collaborative world to share learning with others.

avatar Submitted By: Hwb MLCs

April 27, 2021

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  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Supporting Files

Challenge People Who Help Us

Challenge PDF document that provides the granularity for the steps of the Challenge

Learning Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of key figures in our community and their roles in society
  • To develop an understanding of how to use NPCs to communicate information
  • To develop an understanding of how to export players to external web pages

Guiding Ideas

In this Challenge learners will gain an in depth understanding of the roles of key figures in their community and the people that help them. Learners will be placed into small groups of 4-5. Each group member will choose a key community figure to focus upon e.g. one learner the fire service and another learner paramedics. They will then be responsible for researching this key figure.

Learners should consider:

  • What are their roles?
  • What equipment may they need?
  • Where are they based?

Learners will then spawn into a blank world whereby they will each build a designated building that represents their figure e.g. a doctor’s surgery/ police station/ fire station etc. Learners will then choose an appropriate NPCs to portray their chosen figures and use this Minecraft: Education Edition feature to describe their role within the community. They will then include links to external web pages that are significant to their chosen figure. Upon completion, learners will then have world collaboratively to build a world that contains the range of people who can help them in their community.

Introductory Questions: 

  • Can you name any special jobs that people who help us have?
  • What is a fire fighter/doctor/police officer etc?
  • Where do they work?
  • What equipment/ resources do they need?
  • How can we use them to help give our friends information?


Student Activities

The Challenge is made up of five distinct steps that will take approx. 4 hrs.

Step One:

Learners work in groups. Each group member should choose a person who plays an important role within the community. Learners should be encouraged to use a variety of offline (i.e. books, articles etc) and online resources (i.e. age appropriate websites etc) to research their community figure, following three questions:

  • What does your figure in the community do?
  • What equipment/ resources may your person use? E.g. Ambulance, Hose Pipes, Lifeboats etc.
  • Where is your figure based? E.g. Police Station/ Doctors Surgery etc. Learners should be encouraged to save any key websites/ articles etc that they may want to link their audience too later on in the process

Step Two:

Allow learners enough time to plan their build e.g. sketching on squared paper. Learners should also plan what their NPC will say and what online documents / websites they may want to hyperlink their NPC to.

Groups should be asked to spawn into a new flat world. One group member will need to host the world and share the join code with the other group members. Explain to learners that they will need to use Minecraft: Education Edition to build a base for their figure e.g. a police station/ fire station.

Learners to be provided a brief for their build e.g. learners to be given a designated area and perimeter in which to build. (This brief could be communicated online if distance learning).

Step Three:

Learners should be given an explanation and demonstration of education features they can use in Minecraft: Education Edition to communicate what they have learnt with their audience - specific emphasis on using NPCs as their character/figure and hyperlinking to online documents / web pages.

(Explanations and demonstration of key features could be pre-recorded and provided through videos for learners to access online if Distance Learning)

Step Four:

Learners should spawn their NPCs to create their characters/figures and use their previously saved online documents / web pages to hyperlink to their NPC.

Confident learners should be encouraged to use a variety of other Minecraft: Education Edition features, such as Boards/Slates/ Book and Quill etc. to communicate additional information.

Step Five:

When all learners have completed their build, encourage learners to explore areas built by other groups, to learn about other key figures within the community. This can be achieved by joining another groups world. This is a good opportunity to discuss the concept of ‘griefing’ within Minecraft: Education Edition. Learners can then state particular aspects that they like about each groups world and three key things that they have learnt from their visit- they could do this by writing key points in a Book & Quill, ensure that each learner signs their Book & Quill and exports it in order to share with you.






Performance Expectations

Please see the Challenge PDF download for details on Assessment and Expectations


  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Supporting Files

Challenge People Who Help Us

Challenge PDF document that provides the granularity for the steps of the Challenge