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The Globe: November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 issue of The Globe, e-news from the Global Dimension Website.

This issue is packed full of great global learning resources, including a new activity kit on the theme of cartoons.


Global Learning and Cartoons

Our new activity kit this term focuses on cartoons. It's suitable for Key Stage 3 and above, although some of the ideas could also be used with younger pupils.

Cartoons can be funny, satirical, educational, challenge norms... even change the world! A powerful communication tool, with great potential to support global learning. 

With this activity kit teachers and learners can: examine why people use cartoons to communicate; investigate how cartoons express opinions, beliefs and experiences; and use cartoons to bring global learning into the classroom through a variety of topics.

Download PDF: Global Learning and Cartoons (875 KB)

What's new?

Our next set of online training modules Developing a Global Learning School starts on 6 January 2015, with six twilight sessions running on consecutive Tuesdays from 4.30-5.30pm. Schools registered for the Global Learning Programme (see below) can use e-credits to cover the cost. Find out more and download sample course slides...

The following news, features and blog posts have been added to the website recently.

Ebola: The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is estimated to have killed nearly 5,000 people, with 10,000 cases reported. This page brings together a range of background information and teaching resources to help teachers explore this issue in class. Visit our Ebola page...

Amnesty Youth Awards - Campaigning from the classroom: A brilliant guest blog from 17-year-old Genevieve Brown, who was runner up in last year's Amnesty Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award. Check out her tips...

Oxfam World Shapers: Katherine Hughes introduces Oxfam's whole-school approach to global citizenship which enables pupils to develop the understanding and skills they need to engage with what is going on in the world. Read about the benefits...

How do US teachers teach the global dimension? Caroline Picking benefited from a Walter Hines Page scholarship and spent a few weeks in the USA researching American teachers' understanding of a global dimension in education. Find out more about the scholarship and her visit...

Join 1700 other schools on the Global Learning Programme

Register for the Global Learning Programme (GLP) to access free staff training, funding, guidance, resources and support from a local school network.

Incorporating a global element into teaching across the curriculum supports raising standards and SMSC. Providing the tools to underpin a richer, more interesting curriculum, the GLP offers a flexible and fully supported way to help teachers use real-world contexts to enthuse, inspire and engage pupils.

What will your school get?

  • Eight free local training sessions
  • Funding to support further training
  • A self-evaluation process with a personalised action plan
  • Curriculum and subject guidance
  • An abundance of free online resources
  • Meaningful links with local schools

What are the outcomes?

  • Better independent enquiry and critical thinking skills
  • Improved learning outcomes
  • Improved SMSC learning
  • Stronger school ethos and values
  • More engaged and globally aware pupils

Download a leaflet to find out more...

New resources this term

The following resources have all been added to our database recently. Visit the links below or check out our Editor's Picks page for full details.

  • Get Into Film with I Am Kalam - free resource for 11-14-year-olds from Oxfam. Uses a film about an Indian boy's strong desire for education to explore many facets of inequality.
  • Everyone Counts - free maths resource for 8-12-year-olds from Oxfam. By finding out about the lives of children from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam, pupils explore issues of poverty and inequality.
  • Bangladesh Geography pack - free Key Stage 1 pack from CAFOD exploring life in a small area of Bangladesh.
  • Beeworld Project Education Pack - free primary pack exploring the life and value of bees.
  • Discovering Galapagos - free website which aims to inspire and engage 7-14-year-olds in the sustainable development of Galapagos and the wider world. 
  • Project Earth Rock - a Key Stage 2 multimedia resource for sustainability. Great songs and animations exploring themes such as climate change, energy use, transport, waste, water and rainforests. Price varies depending on size of school; discounted until the end of 2014.
  • Three secondary Geography resources from Pumpkin Interactive, all £49. Debating Energy Futures: Coal, Gas and NuclearGlobal Energy Security and Climate Change.

And here are few more interesting links we've noticed recently - to get regular updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter:

Global calendar... not forgetting the festive season!

International days and weeks are great opportunities for you to explore global issues. Click on the links below to find out more about each day and explore useful teaching resources. You could also check our Global Calendar, or download our iCalendar into your diary.

We still have some Global Wallplanners left if you'd like to order some for your school.

Looking ahead to the festive season, 17 December is the Jewish festival of Hannukah and 25 December is Christmas. Read our Festivals of Light, Festive inspiration and Santa Claus features for ideas and resources. Or try out these fun free festive ideas from The Philosophy Man - he's even created a teaching activity around the John Lewis Christmas advert this year!

Next issue

The next issue of The Globe will be sent out in towards the end of January. Do get in touch if you want to suggest items to include.





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