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The resources and activities on this page will help you teach global issues, and includes activity sheets, links, videos, lesson ideas and much more. There are also links to competitions.

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Brazil resources

KS2-3
Teaching resources on Brazil from the Brazilian Embassy

These free resources include a wealth of factsheets, activity sheets and teachers' notes, together with videos, poster, links and other materials.

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Case studies for key stage 2

KS2
Global Learning case studies for key stage 2

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Chembakolli map

KS1-2
Using the map to make geographical enquiries will help familiarise pupils with Chembakolli’s location and geographical features, and will encourage close observation of the map.

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Community Cohesion and the Prevention of Violent Extremism

All KS
Community cohesion resources from GA, including a number of ideas for teaching about interdependence, globalisation and development.

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Conversations about Global Learning

KS1-2
This free PowerPoint contains quotes from children about what global learning means to them. It can be used to stimulate pupil dialogue on global learning.

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Conversations about Global Learning - poster

KS1-2
Primary Geographer poster download: includes reflections from children, ideas for using the poster and planning prompts centred on key GLP themes

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DFID's 2014 Shape the Future competition

KS2-4
In the 2014 Shape the Future competition, pupils presented their ideas for development on how we can create a safer and more equitable world for girls and women. They thought creatively about how girls and women everywhere can be given a voice, choice and control over their lives, and the link to development.

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Explore Brazil

KS1-2
Action Aid have published new teaching resources ‘Explore Brazil’ for key stages 1 and 2.

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Focus on St Lucia

KS2
This photo pack is designed to support the former distant locality requirement. It comprises a CD with 28 high-resolution colour photographs and differentiated activity sheets for pupils, plus guidance on use and background information for teachers. The images and activities are downloadable.

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GA photo gallery

All KS
A members-only resource created by members; it includes photo sets for Argentina, Mynamar/Burma, Chembakolli, Ghana mine, Hong Kong, India, Kenya and Nepal.

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Global case studies

KS2-3
The Gender Respect Project 2013-16 have produced global case studies, using information from various charities and websites. They include information sheets for teachers, resource sheets for pupils and links to useful websites for follow up activities.

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Global learning and the new primary curriculum

KS1-2
Think Global has produced a guide to global learning and the new curriculum for primary schools. It includes some geography ideas, and will be particularly useful if you are working on global learning with other subjects.

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Images of India CD

KS2
This resource contains around 130 images, suggestions for activities using the images and teachers’ notes. It will support teachers in teaching about a locality in India, challenging pupils preconceptions and stereotypical views of India and presenting India as a vast, diverse and ancient country, where traditional lifestyles and cultures exist within a modern technological society.

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Images of St Lucia CD

KS1-2
This CD offers nearly 100 high quality images grouped into themes: Living in St Lucia, St Lucia landscapes, St Lucia tourism and tropical produce.

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Kenya map

KS2
A map, resources and activities linked to the GA’s Kaptalamwa pack.

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Making geography happen

KS2-3
The page focuses on examples of good quality curriculum-making. It profiles the work done by students in geography and how this contributes to their wider understanding of the world.

  • Saudi Arabia (Year 4 and 5) Activities for developing a sense of place, based on a school link
    • Uneven development (Year 9) Details of a unit, co-created with students, that develops the concept of uneven development in different places and scales.

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    Planet sport

    KS2-3
    Student activities

    The site links global sporting events with geographical themes including development issues and globalisation. It also includes the activity Top Trumps Football comparing development with football success.

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    Send My Friend to School

    KS1-2

    Resources about global learning, and in particular, the issue of education in parts of Africa. This website page is full of lesson plans, presentations, fact sheets and videos; all free to download.

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    St Lucia photo pack offer

    KS1-2
    Contains Focus on St Lucia photo pack (28 photographs of St Lucia, a teacher’s book containing activities, maps, and background information, plus CD of all resources); St Lucia map, and Images of St Lucia CD.

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    St Lucia weblinks

    KS2
    Resources and activities for a locality study.

    Links to the GA’s resources for teaching about St Lucia, and a number of supporting websites.

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    Superschemes Basics: Our world

    Teacher’s pack, Key Stage 1
    Our World explores ways of encouraging children to find out about the world around them, make connections between their lives and the wider world and understand that they are part of it.

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    SuperSchemes Unit 10: A village in India

    Teacher’s pack, Key Stage 2
    This unit, provides exciting and challenging geography by encouraging pupils to investigate the great diversity of life in India and explore how and why village life in India is changing through links with the wider world.

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    SuperSchemes Unit 17: Global eye

    Teacher’s pack, Key Stage 1-2
    This unit, for Years 2 and 3, provides children with their own ‘eye’ to see how they are connected to the world, starting with familiar objects - clothing, food and toys in the home; then faraway people and places.

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    SuperSchemes Unit 22: A contrasting overseas

    Teacher’s pack, Key Stage 1
    This unit offers Serrekunda in The Gambia as an exciting new alternative locality to study. The activities and teacher guidance aim to engage the children in active learning and questioning and so build up a positive image of an unknown place.

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    The World Cup: A Fair Game?

    KS2-3
    Oxfam have just published The World Cup: A Fair Game?, teaching resources linked to inequality and the World Cup, aimed at upper key stage 2 and 3. It includes activities for English, maths, citizenship/PSHE and PE; the geography activities explore how Brazil’s geography and history account for its high level of inequality, how Brazil is attempting to overcome inequality and poverty, and the degree to which this is successful. At the end of the project pupils can create a World Cup fairness display.

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    Tucuaro

    KS1-2
    Includes descriptions of the GA’s Tucuaro resources and useful links.

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    Tocuaro key stage 1 offer

    KS1
    The Tocuaro picture pack presents youngsters with a full and balanced picture of life in Tocuaro, a small village in the centre west of Mexico, as seen through the eyes of three generations of the Horta family. The pack contains: eight A2 photo boards, a 32 page teacher's book, a full colour A1 poster and Tocuaro village map.

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    Tocuaro key stage 2 offer

    KS2
    The Tocuaro Key Stage 2 pupils’ book explores the geography, history and environment of the village through the lives of three generations of the Horta family, the eruption of the nearby Paricutin volcano in 1943, and pollution of Lake Patzcuaro. The pack contains the full-colour picture book and Tocuaro Mexican village map.

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    Amazing China

    KS3
    This photopack contains 24 stunning A4 size encapsulated photographs showing the geography and culture of China. It covers a wide variety of topics and includes teachers' notes, pupil activities and a CD with additional photographs for whiteboard use.

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    Brazil resources

    KS2-3
    Teaching resources on Brazil from the Brazilian Embassy.

    These free resources include a wealth of factsheets, activity sheets and teachers' notes, together with videos, poster, links and other materials.

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    Case studies for key stage 3

    KS3
    Global Learning case studies for key stage 3

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    Challenges of urbanisation: Inequalities in Bangalore

    KS4-P16
    Taking Bangalore as a case study the DVD looks at the causes and impacts of urban poverty, then visits various poverty alleviation projects. The resource includes a bank of teaching resources and student activities.

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    Collins World Watch: A visual guide to the current state of the world - New edition

    All KS
    A dynamic visual guide packed with fascinating facts about the world: colourful, informative and fun to use, Collins World Watch will help you understand all the major issues from around the globe at a glance, without the need to read through long texts or analyzing statistics.

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    Community Cohesion and the Prevention of Violent Extremism

    All KS
    Community cohesion resources from GA, including a number of ideas for teaching about interdependence, globalisation and development.

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    Development teaching resources

    KS3
    Teaching resources and materials relevant to development issues.

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    DFID's 2014 Shape the Future competition

    KS2-4
    In the 2014 Shape the Future competition, pupils presented their ideas for development on how we can create a safer and more equitable world for girls and women. They thought creatively about how girls and women everywhere can be given a voice, choice and control over their lives, and the link to development.

    link to winning entries

     

    Emerging superpower: Booming Bangalore

    KS4-16
    Bangalore has become the Silicon Valley of India; the programme asks what have been the causes of its success, the pros and cons of this growth, then asks if the city is sustainable. The resource includes a bank of teaching resources and student activities.

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    Energy and the MDGs

    KS3-16
    Access to energy in developing countries is vital if we are to achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. This resource from Practical Action includes a series of short activities to help students develop their understanding of how the two are linked, then looks forward at the Sustainable Development Goals which will come into play post 2015.

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    Exploring our Global Village

    KS3
    This online CPD course is designed for individuals or, more effectively, geography departments to guide discussions around the way that global learning is embedded in curriculum planning and assessment. It provides a mixture of questions, resources and discussion prompts which aim to introduce some of the key elements of the Global Learning Programme, but in the context of the development of a new unit of work.

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    Flooding in Bangladesh: Causes, impacts and management

    KS3-P16
    This DVD explores the physical and human cause of flooding in Bangladesh, including climate change; the impacts of the flooding and a variety of flood management strategies, and shows how NGOs are working with flood-affected communities to alleviate poverty and reduce their vulnerability to future floods.

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    GA photo gallery

    All KS
    A members-only resource created by members; it includes photo sets for Argentina, Mynamar/Burma, Chembakolli, Ghana mine, Hong Kong, India, Kenya and Nepal.

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    Gapminder and Worldmapper

    KS3-4
    Activities for using these two websites, targets secondary schools, but also useful CPD for all teachers. 

    Focuses on the importance of teaching a fact-based view of the world, using the Gapminder and Worldmapper websites. It includes a variety of activities and links to other GA resources.

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    GCSE Toolkit: For richer and poorer? A study of uneven development

    KS4
    For Richer and Poorer? is a Teachers Toolkit with lesson plans, activities and resources designed to help teachers update their knowledge and resources of uneven development. It supports a rigorous living geography approach that is current, thought provoking and engaging, offering practical teaching ideas and up-to-date, relevant resources for ten innovative lessons to support the latest GCSE specifications.

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    GCSE Toolkit: Going global? A study of our interconnected world

    KS4
    Going Global? is a Teachers Toolkit with lesson plans, activities and resources on the themes of globalisation and interdependence common to all GCSE specifications. Students reflect upon and learn about their place in a globalised world, the global division of labour involved in making the goods they buy, and the global impact of the internet. They consider experiences of cultural and economic globalisation in countries at different stages of development, and the inequalities of world trade, then focus on China, the UK and Kenya. They conclude with a decision-making exercise where students consider their world in 2050.

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    Global case studies

    KS2-3
    The Gender Respect Project 2013-16 have produced global case studies, using information from various charities and websites. They include information sheets for teachers, resource sheets for pupils and links to useful websites for follow up activities.

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    Global development podcast: Big ideas for development after 2015 – transcript

    KS3-4
    The millennium development goals expire in 2015. What have they achieved? And what are the key issues moving forward? Listen to the podcast or read the transcript on this Guardian story.

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    Global learning and the new secondary curriculum

    KS3-4
    Think Global has produced a guide to global learning and the new curriculum for primary schools. It includes some geography ideas, and will be particularly useful if you are working on global learning with other subjects.

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    Into Africa: How are our lives connected with Africa?

    KS3
    Africa’s diversity and complexity presents challenges when deciding what learning should take place. Focusing on a few key areas – the social, economic and political connections between the UK and Africa – the Into Africa teacher Toolkit provides a deeper insight into twenty-first century Africa.

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    Issues in globalisation: How fair is fashion?

    KS3-P16
    Using the international fashion industry as a case study this resource asks: what is globalisation, what are the causes, what is the role played by TNCs and what are the pros and cons, and for whom. Filmed in Bangladesh, it compares the working and living conditions of textile workers employed in large scale factories in Dhaka, with those employed by a small rural fair trade fashion initiative.

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    KS3 Geography Teachers' Toolkit: A thorny issue: Should I buy a valentine’s rose?

    KS3
    Students are actively involved in this enquiry in deciding if they would send, or be happy to receive; a Valentine’s rose grown in Kenya. They will learn that the lifestyle, material wealth, choices and opportunities that they have are not universal, and to understand the global impact - both good and bad - of their choices as consumers.

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    Making geography happen

    KS2-3
    Student activities  

    This website focuses on examples of good quality curriculum-making. It profiles the work done by students in geography and how this contributes to their wider understanding of the world.

    • Saudi Arabia (Year 4 and 5) Activities for developing a sense of place, based on a school link
    • Uneven development (Year 9) Details of a unit, co-created with students, that develops the concept of uneven development in different places and scales.

    link

     

    Miriam's Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings

    KS3-4
    Student activities 

    This educational resource was developed in association with the UCL Institute of Education and Miriam's school, Copthall School. It aims towards an inclusive society, safer from violent extremism, and to help young people develop transferable life skills. The resource includes lesson plans, including for secondary geography, guidance notes, video, photographs and artefacts from Odisha, India.

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    Planet sport

    KS2-3
    Student activities 

    This website links global sporting events with geographical themes including development issues and globalisation, and the activity Top Trumps Football comparing development with football success.

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    Reframing Rio

    KS3-P16
    Student activities 

    The Reframing Rio Education Project is focused is on sustainability, linked to the follow-up to the Rio Earth Summit, and to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. It aims to engage key stage 3 (or older) students with debate, foster understanding and encourage them to get involved. The resource includes short videos following children born at the time of the 1992 Earth Summit, material on overfishing in the Pacific and guidelines on taking action, together with lesson plans and background information.

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    Rural challenges: Case studies from South India

    KS4-P16
    This DVD focuses on the causes of rural poverty in Tamil Nadu, including land ownership, subsistence farming, the caste system, climate, globalisation, lack of access to basic services, and the plight of women. The programme shows the impacts of this poverty and ways poverty can be alleviated, including providing better access to education, health, improving farming methods, micro-credit schemes aimed at women. The DVD includes a bank of teaching resources and student activities.

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    Send My Friend to School

    KS3-4

    Resources about global learning, and in particular, the issue of education in parts of Africa. This website page is full of lesson plans, presentations, fact sheets and videos; all free to download.

    link

     

    The rise and rise of China

    KS3
    The Rise and Rise of China investigates the causes of rapid changes in contemporary China in the context of place-specific knowledge. Based on these investigations, and critical consideration of sources, students form and re-evaluate their views of contrasting cultures.

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    The World Cup: A Fair Game?

    KS2-3
    Oxfam have just published The World Cup: A Fair Game?, teaching resources linked to inequality and the World Cup, aimed at upper key stage 2 and 3. It includes activities for English, maths, citizenship/PSHE and PE; the geography activities explore how Brazil’s geography and history account for its high level of inequality, how Brazil is attempting to overcome inequality and poverty, and the degree to which this is successful. At the end of the project pupils can create a World Cup fairness display.

    link

     

    Top Spec Geography: Emerging superpowers: India and China

    P16
    This book traces the emergence of China and India as the superpowers of the future, helping students understand the challenges facing both nations as they race to develop in the twenty-first century. It explores the range of environmental, social, cultural and economic factors which have influenced their contrasting pathways to global dominance.

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    Top Spec Geography: HIV/AIDS as a development issue

    P16
    It is estimated that 60 million people have been infected with HIV and about 25 million of these have died from AIDS, two thirds in countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This book explores the epidemiology of HIV/ AIDS, and some of the development issues that arise from this, and shows how economic development and welfare of populations has been affected by the disease.

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    Using ICT to enhance teaching and learning at key stage 4: development

    KS3-4
    Student activities for key stage 4, but adaptable for key stage 3 

    ‘Who was Herr Brandt and did he get his line right?’ Students use the USS census bureau to make decisions about ‘levels of development’

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    ‘Getting to grips with the magic of Gapminder’ A lesson planned around the Gapminder introductory video.

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    ‘Making Pictorial Maps’ Ideas for adding data to maps using ICT

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    What should replace the Millennium Development Goals?

    KS3-4
    Activity and resource downloads to run the Shape the Future competition in your school, or to use in a regular lesson about development, poverty or global issues.

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    Women and development

    KS3-4
    this resource for teachers and older students investigates the role of women in development, some ideas and resources for further investigation and links with critical thinking.

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