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Making a difference

These four RE lesson ideas are based around the subjects of poverty and making a difference. They are written for the RE topics of Barriers & Bridges, Journeys, Sacred Texts and Questions & Mysteries.

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African recipes

These recipes will spice up your learning about African countries and have been chosen as most are fairly easy to make. The first is for chapatis, and along with Mandazi, are a great alternative on pancake day.

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Surprising facts about Africa

Science and technology in Africa is an area which children in the UK tend to know very little about and so these facts and lesson plan help to address this. Even when we are familiar with African music, arts, or sport, we tend to hear very little about the use of certain innovations. These may […]

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This DVD is the perfect way to start on an engaging school gardening project. It is full of great film clips – animations and instructional videos where learning is brought to life as African young people teach you and your pupils all sorts of useful

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Olinga's climate change game

Using this simple, fun game, case study and Powerpoint, you can help pupils to understand how climate change is already affecting families in African countries.

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Nkokonjeru school gardens

This case study of a poor school can be used to inspire your pupils in their school gardening project. It tells the story of a small and poor school in rural Uganda who have been working hard to grow their own crops and produce food at school.

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Sustainable development papers

Use these easily accessible Send a Cow research papers to help your pupils dig a little deeper into some sustainable development issues.

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Make a plastic bag football

These sheets and video give step-by-step instructions to help your pupils make these ‘recycled’ plastic bag footballs – just like thousands of children in African countries.

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Learn an African song

A great, fun song to learn for an assembly, this children’s song from the Teso people of Uganda is sung to warn young people against stealing grain or groundnuts (peanuts) from the granary.

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Helping Prisca

A collection of three lessons that explore comparisons between the UK and Kenya, basic needs (and wants) and different ways to help people in Africa. These lessons are all written for the Geography and Citizenship curriculum – living in a diverse world.

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Disease prevention hygiene gallery

These photos with captions underneath show how important hygiene is in rural African households. Various simple techniques and tips are used by Jane to keep things, and people, clean so that disease is prevented wherever possible.

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African folktales and fables

These African folktales and stories from various countries are a joy to read and reveal a great deal about aspects of the culture where they originate from. They can be used in Literacy lessons to highlight writing styles and narrative forms

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Ingenious African appropriate technology

Inspire your pupils with these ingenious technologies. Appropriate technology is designed to be sensitive to the environmental, social and economic aspects of the community it is intended for.

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This website is full of practical teaching resources provided in easy-to-use chunks, and is quickly searchable according to age range, theme and subject area. Lots of the resources are free, and are easily downloaded from the website.

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Schools in Zimbabwe

Find out what a normal day is like for a child in Zimbabwe. This lesson introduces a simple ‘day in the life’ of rural children in Zimbabwe. You can explore similarities and differences with your own pupils’ days.

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Bag gardens

Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country.

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Make a mud stove

These stoves are used in Send a Cow training in African countries as they use less wood and take smoke away from the cook. They are also a great idea for a design project for older pupils.

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Matia's tough choice

This lesson takes the story of Matia and shows the realities for a group of orphans in Uganda. Pupils are asked to empathise with the orphans’ dilemma and discuss what choice they should make using the scenarios and facts given to them

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Keyhole gardens

Keyhole Gardens are a great addition to any school grounds and a really successful technique used across Send a Cow projects in Africa.

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Make a tip tap handwasher

A fun, practical challenge for pupils. They can get into groups and make their own version of this simple water conserving/hygiene device used in African countries.

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