Find out here how primary schools have included a global dimension in the curriculum and school life.
- Whose world?
Pupils from St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford, Essex and Indraprathsa World School in Delhi studied climate change, global warming, who and what it affects, and what we can do about it.
- Water, local to global (or download PDF)
A project to reduce water consumption at a Manchester primary school developed into a literacy-based exploration of water inequality and a decision by pupils to raise funds for clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Global learning and community cohesion with young children and their families (or download PDF)
An influx of new immigrant families led Farnborough Grange Nursery and Infant Community School to develop work combining the global dimension and community cohesion.
- Education is about their future, not our past (or download as a PDF)
At Whitefriars First and Middle School in Harrow over two thirds of pupils have a home language other than English. As well as working on joint curriculum projects with a school in Uganda, they have integrated global learning across the curriculum.
- Transition, peer education and the global dimension (or download as a PDF)
Manchester schools used peer education methodology and the global dimension to address issues of transition from primary to secondary school.
- Learning about rights in Year 2
At an infant school in Andover, children have been trialling UNICEF's First Step to Rights resource to reflect on what's essential to life, and issues of fairness.
- Learning about rights in Year 6
A junior school in Andover used UNICEF's 'Time for Rights' activities to teach about children's rights. They taught children's rights to one Year 6 class and kept the other as a control group to see how it made a difference.
- A primary school goes bananas
Pupils at Scargill Primary School in Derbyshire learn about food production and healthy eating by using the Oxfam resource pack 'Go Bananas'.
- Studying child workers in Wales and the Ivory Coast
Research into children's rights brings a global dimension to local history when pupils find out about child labour past and present.
- Linking to a school in Ghana
Global citizenship in a small, rural primary school in Wales has been enhanced through cross-curricular study of Ghana, and a link with a Ghanaian school.
English and Drama
- Global citizenship using Philosophy for Children
A series of lessons in a racially mixed urban primary school used story books as stimuli to consider global citizenship themes, using Philosophy for Children.
- The World's Working Children (or download as a PDF)
With their link school in Paraguay, children researched the lives of working children in the UK and round the world and the support available to them to help them to get an education.
- Zlata's diary literacy hour ideas
A unit of work from Lincolnshire teachers linking PSHE, Citizenship and Literacy, based on the diary of a child caught up in conflict.
- A trip to Nicaragua via the Botanic Garden
Pupils from six Leicester primary schools found out what it is like to live and work in Nicaragua by going on a virtual tour of Masaya, Leicester’s twin city.
- A museum visit enriching the school curriculum
After visiting their local museum to see objects from a range of other cultures, children at a Birmingham school were asked to choose one object that represented their cultural identity.
- Creative thinking with South African artefacts
A primary school in Dorchester borrowed some South African items from their local Development Education Centre.
- World food in depth
A PGCE student on placement in a Scottish primary school used the topic 'World food' to help pupils get a better understanding of Indian culture.
- Pupils learn about food production around the world
Pupils at an infant school in Edmonton, North London, brought in tins and packets of everyday food, then found out more about the places they'd come from.
ICT / IS / IT
- A school link with Delhi
A junior school in Slough linked up with a school in Delhi. Over 90% of the children at the Slough school are of South Asian ethnic origin and the partnership was seen as a way to help them stay in touch with their cultural roots.
- Year 6 music lessons exploring war and peace
At a primary school in Ashton Under Lyne, a piece called 'War and Peace' was developed in music and literacy lessons.
PSHE / PSE / PSED
- An urban and rural school get together
The Oldham Linking Project links two local schools, an urban school with 100% children of Bangladeshi Muslim heritage, and a rural school with children almost entirely of white British heritage.
- Comparing household waste in different countries
This project aimed to enable pupils in Anglesey to learn with and from children from Denmark and Nicaragua, rather than just learning about them. The project was based around three themes, 'Ourselves', 'Our Environments' and 'Our Homes'.
- Learning about refugees
Pupils at a primary school in Barrow in Furness, have been finding out about basic needs and necessities for survival, developing their own empathy and understanding.
- Climate conscious schools
Liverpool World Centre worked with school councils across Liverpool to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
- Liverpool Schools in One World (or download as a PDF)
Liverpool World Centre worked with school councils across Liverpool to increase awareness and understanding about issues of trade and fair trade.
- Make Poverty History lessons and assembly
Oldfield Primary School is a small, rural school that used Philosophy for Children to develop Year 1 and Reception pupils’ thinking, understanding, and ability to articulate what they think.
- The World in Clanfield (or download as a PDF)
In a rural, village school where 80% of pupils had not visited their own capital city and few had met anyone from a different ethnic group or culture, the Headteacher, Jane Lloyd, decided that ‘developing a deeper understanding of our role as global citizens’ was a priority.