Creative thinking with South African artefacts

A primary school in Dorchester borrowed some South African items from DEED (their local Development Education Centre). These are mostly toys, such as lizards, frogs and dolls. South African children make these for themselves from things like telephone wires and old bolts, which are then decorated with beads.

Pupils looked at repeating patterns in the colours, then made their own designs, plotted these on graph paper, and made them into toys using beads. This supported their creative and mathematical thinking and developed their empathy with the makers of the original artefacts.

The children understood how some materials can be used again and appreciated the resourcefulness of children. In addition, they created something to be proud of!

This case study was taken from: Developing the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, DfES et al, 2005.

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Local support:

If you are inspired by this case study and would like to do something similar in your school, or are looking for ideas for developing the global dimension, why not contact your nearest Development Education Centre?

Many of them have collections of ‘artefacts’ from different countries and cultures that you could borrow to use in class. See for example RISC’s Resource Bank or the Resource Collections at DEED.

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