Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 3

National consciousness


Subject: Civic Education

Class: Primary 3

Term: 3rd Term

Topic: National Consciousness

Subtopic:   National Anthem as a national identity

Learning Objectives: At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able  to:

  1. Explain the meaning of national identity
  2. Explain national anthem as a national identity

Resources & materials: Scheme of work.

9 years curriculum

Pupils textbook

Online resources

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL:  A copy of the Nigerian Anthem.

Building Background/ connection to prior knowledge: Pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.




What Is a National Anthem?

A national anthem is a patriotic song or musical composition that is either recognized officially by a nation’s government and constitution or is accepted as such by convention through popular use. The national anthem reflects the history, struggles, and traditions of a nation and its people and serves as an expression of national identity.

The national anthem, like other national symbols of a country, represents the tradition, history, and beliefs of a nation and its people. Hence, it helps evoke feelings of patriotism among the country’s citizens and reminds them of their nation’s glory, beauty, and rich heritage. It also helps unite the citizens of the country by one single song or music. During the performance of the national anthem, citizens of a nation, despite their ethnic differences, rise up in unison and listen attentively or sing the song with great enthusiasm. Players also feel a great moment of pride when they receive a medal at an international sporting event while their country’s national anthem is played in the background. It gives them a feeling of having made their country proud. Students who listen to the national anthem in their schools learn to respect their nation and develop a sense of unity among themselves.

The National Anthem

Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey

To serve our fatherland

With love and strength and faith

The labor of our heroes past

Shall never be in vain

To serve with heart and might

One nation bound in freedom, peace, and unity.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause

Guide our leaders right

Help our youth and truth to know

In love and honesty to grow

And living just and true

Great lofty heights attain

To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign

Arise, O Compatriots" is the national anthem of Nigeria. It was adopted in the late 1970s and is the country's second ever national anthem.



The Teacher revises the previous week lesson.

The Teacher introduces the new topic.

The Teacher explains the note in details.

The Teacher gives room for pupils to ask questions.

The Teacher evaluates the pupils.


  1. Explain the meaning of national identity
  2. Explain national anthem as a national identity


Teacher goes over the topic once again to enhance better understanding.


Sing the national anthem

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