The Global Goals

September 25, 2017

There are lots of great ways of engaging children in the new Global Goals – Sustainable Development Goals.

For example playing this new Global Goals Campaign song by African artists in an assembly:

Or showing this great animation featuring Malala Yousafzai:

Secondary age pupils might appreciate some of the coverage of the Global Citizenship Festival: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06fwffk/coldplay-ed-sheeran-beyonce-and-pearl-jam-at-the-global-citizen-festival

You might want to run some introductory activities from the Primary or Secondary School toolkits:

Or to go into more depth during the week and beyond you can find 21 lesson plans for KS2 and KS3, assembly materials, posters, a comic and teacher guidance notes for The World’s Largest Lesson at: http://wlltoolkit.org or https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson

And see the individual goal pages on the Global Dimension website for lots more teaching ideas for various subjects: https://globaldimension.org.uk/resources/worlds-largest-lesson

But why not make greater use of some of the inspiring materials and ideas by embedding them in your curriculum plans for teaching throughout the year. Think Global suggests:

For Primary Schools, teaching about the Sustainable Development Goals will fit most easily into KS2 Geography (different climate zones, natural hazards, economic activity, trade, the distribution of natural resources) and KS2 Science (nutrition, health, changing environments, food chains) there are also plenty of opportunities to link to them in Maths and English as well.

In secondary Geography at KS3: the themes and materials relate to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources and at KS4: development; population; managing resources; climate change; sustainability; ecosystems; globalisation; economic activity.

Opportunities in KS3 Science include: nutrition; the production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate and at KS4: Health, disease and the development of medicines; ecosystems; earth and atmospheric science; energy.

In Citizenship at KS3 students can explore: the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities. At KS4 they can consider: local, regional and international governance and the UK’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the UN and the wider world; human rights and international law; the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity.

For a critical approach to the Global Goals agenda, visit: http://therules.org.

To get share ideas with link-minded teachers in all these curriculum areas and more, and to access support and great tools for a whole school approach, register (for free) with the Global Learning Programme www.glp-e.org.uk.