Global Learning can be applied through any subject area of the school, it also lends itself to a cross-curricular approach as the topics and themes within Global Learning are naturally cross-cutting, and also support wider school and community work, helping the children to realise links between different areas of school life.
The key curriculum benefits of a cross-curricular approach to Global Learning are:
- enrich and strengthen cross-curricular learning experiences
- enable teachers and pupils to link their learning across and beyond the curriculum
- motivate pupils and teachers to tackle big global issues in a more coherent way.
At Yorkley we are at the start of our global learning journey but we are enjoying learning about the wider world community.
Yorkley thought it was important that we took part in the World’s Largest Lesson. There were 17 global aims that were discussed and debated. Some classes tried to rank them in order of importance and this sparked some great discussions. Here is class 2 looking at some of the Global Development Aims.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, on Tuesday 8th March, 10 children from our Eco committee went to Coleford Co-op to find out all about Fairtrade. After having a tour of the store they investigated products which had the Fairtrade labels on. The children were amazed at the variety of Fairtrade products, from wine, sugar, coffee and tea, and learned facts about some of the Fairtrade products. They spent time in the café tasting the products and learnt facts about where the products came from. This visit was followed up the next day when Dave Morgan (the store manager) came to a special school assembly where he explained to the whole school what Fairtrade really meant and the impact that buying Fairtrade products had on the lives of children and their families around the world. He explained how, why and when the co-operative began and then linked it to the principles of Fairtrade around the world.
Class Teacher Mrs Lesley Payne said: ‘It was a great way to support our learning during Fairtrade Fortnight and taught us a lot about British values and the Global Community that we live in today’.
Quotes from the children following their visit:
“I learnt that people in different countries had to pick their food themselves, but now the global community doesn’t have to sell for a low price with Fairtrade” – Devon Sutton
“I now understand that it’s hard work collecting bananas and cocoa beans. It’s been fun learning about Fairtrade.” – James Hunt
“When I went to the Co-op I learnt many interesting facts about Fairtrade like how it started and items of Fairtrade by going on a shopping hunt.” – Jake Brice
“I learned that people spend 12 – 15 hours a day farming crops and that bananas are the most sold product. I also learned that cotton grows on bushes.”
We also had a whole school theme through our World puzzle theme linked to the Rio Olympics. The children were issued with passports and were able to visit different countries and experience music, art, food and much more. They then had a boarding pass showing they had visited that country! What an amazing day we all had. Thank you to all for such effort in creating authentic experiences for the children.