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Global learning in Primary Geography


Primary Geography global learning special edition

Summer 2015


Action Geography 6: Getting to know you

No 66, Summer 2008 pp.35-38, by Colin Bridge
Colin Bridge explores some simple activities for analysing the varied and often partial materials about distant places teachers have to use.


A Tough Nut to Crack

Issue 90, Summer 2016, pp. 24-25 by Julia Tanner
Julia explores how year 5 pupils can understand the complex concept of global interdependence and justice through fair trade (see also the GLP Transitions programme case studies).


Brazil: Beyond the stereotypes

Number 86, Spring 2015, pp. 8-9, by Lezli Howarth
Lezli and the Birmingham Primary Geography Champions Group explore how to teach about Brazil.


Celebrating the Americas through picturebooks

Issue 88, Autumn 2015, pp. 8-9 by Anne Dolan
Anne highlights the possibilities of using picturebooks for teaching about Central and South American.


Challenging thinking about food miles

No 81, Summer 2013, pp. 10-12, by Rachel Lewis and pupils at Kingscourt School
Year 6 pupils explain in their own words how they had their thinking about food miles developed and challenged. This Primary Geographer poster download includes reflections from children, ideas for using the poster and planning prompts centred on key GLP themes.


Connecting with our global city

Issue 91, Autumn 2016, p.7 by Richard Simcox, Sam Spencer and Ben Ballin
Richard, Sam and Ben explain how year 3 pupils in Birmingham took the No. 11 bus to explore their city’s connections to themselves and the wider world.


Conversations about global learning

This Primary Geographer poster download includes reflections from children, ideas for using the poster and planning prompts centred on key GLP themes.


Critical thinking in the context of global learning

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.14-15, by Hetan Shah
In this think piece Hetan Shah discusses the idea of critical thinking and proposes six elements of critical global thinking.


Enquiring into the Global Goals

Issue 90, Summer 2016, pp. 16 by Clare Bakashaba
Clare gives an account of how she used the 17 Global Goals to drive a Sustainability Week in her school.


Flying the flag for world food

No 81, Summer 2013, pp. 16-17, by Susan Pike and Catriona Byrne
Susan and Catriona outline a series of lessons on food taught over a number of weeks to a class of 5- to 8-year-olds.


Food and Farming

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.22-23, by Lezli Howarth
Lezli Howarth describes how she used fieldwork in the UK to prepare for a visit by Gambian teachers, and develop a sustainable link with a school there.


Geographies of Connection

Issue 91, Autumn 2016, p.8-9 by Peter Jackson
By using a Kit Kat chocolate bar as a case study, Peter illustrates the value of discovering connections to make sense of the world.


Global Learning: What do pupils need?

No 65, Spring 2008 pp.30-31, by Jeff Serf and Ben Ballin
In this think piece Jeff Serf and Ben Ballin outline the links between geography and pupils’ global learning entitlement.


Growing tea in Kenya: A perspective from a farmer

Issue 91, Autumn 2016, p.16-17 by Patrick Kaberia Muthuara and Joanna Milis
Patrick and Joanna describe the many connections and challenges that have to be made to produce tea in Kenya, including the role of Fairtrade.


Mama Panya’s Pancakes

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.14-15, by Sam Bates and Stephen Pickering
This article shows that using story telling and picture books can be the perfect way to introduce key stage 1 children to a topic that investigates life in Kenya.


Making connections through school partnerships

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.22-23, by Ben Ballin
Ben Ballin describes two successful international partnerships which have enhanced work on global learning and geographical understanding.


Mapping food around the world

No 81, Summer 2013, pp. 13, by Rebecca Emberey
Rebecca explains how she enthused her pupils by tasking them with making a world map using real food to show where different food types originate.


More ideas for enhancing global geography

No 71 Spring 2010, p.29, by Steve Pratchett, Phil Rimmer and Nikki Fletcher
Two ideas for enhancing global geography: Steve Pratchett describes how ‘Ti Rakau’ (Maori stick games) helped year 6 pupils understand different cultures and traditions, and Phil Rimmer and Nikki Fletcher describe using story and PE games to help children make connections between people and places.


New Stories of Change

Issue 90, Summer 2016, pp. 10-11 by David Hicks
David explores how some of the biggest sustainability stories are often not seen as such, and how these are the ones teachers most need to know about.


Photos in Global Learning

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.20-21, by Graeme Eyre
Graeme Eyre offers advice about sourcing and using photos to enhance global learning, and points out some practical suggestions and pitfalls.


Small and Mighty: children’s ideas about global learning

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.8-10, by Jeff Serf
Jeff Serf used a Persil ad to prompt young pupils to talk about the world they live in and how it can be improved.


Stop, children… what’s that sound?

No 84, Summer 2014, pp. 24-25, by Camilla Garofalo
Here, Camilla reports on a geographical enquiry into ‘Is our school locality affected by noise pollution?’ – the result of international air travel – undertaken by year 5 pupils at a school near Heathrow Airport.


Talking global geography – development issues

No 71 Spring 2010, pp.14-15, by Claire Finkel
Claire Finkel describes some ideas for teaching about development in geography through talk.


The fundamentals of fair trade food

No 81, Summer 2013, pp. 14-15, by Chris Trevor
Chris illustrates the importance of buying fair trade products as a lifestyle choice that you can help pupils to evaluate and which also offers opportunities for the teaching and learning of quality geography.


The Hidden Cost of a Red Nose

No 75 Summer 2011, pp.16-18, by Richard Borowski
Richard Borowski discusses how media messages perpetuate negative thinking about contemporary Africa and shows how a graphicacy project changed perceptions.


The Start Gallery: Geography by design

No 79 Autumn 2012, pp.6-7, by Claire Stuart
Claire Stuart outlines teaching ideas for a geography, art and design study with year 1 pupils focused on southern India.


The world in numbers

No 84, Summer 2014, pp. 20-21, by Ben Ballin
Ben set up a series of sessions in which he could observe one small mixed-ability group of year 4 pupils as they sought to interpret global statistics with the minimum of adult intervention. Here he reports on his findings.


Tools of the Trade

No 79 Autumn 2012, pp.22-23, by Anthony Barlow
Anthony Barlow shows how we can support pupils’ development as future responsible global citizens by exploring the stories behind common consumer items.


When 1+1=3!

Issue 90, Summer 2016, pp. 22-23 by Alf Wilkinson and Ben Ballin
Alf and Ben explore some of the ways the geography and history of the Americas can be taught side by side.



No 67, Autumn 2008 pp.30-33, by John Pritchard
John Pritchard explains how to use the striking maps from the Worldmapper site, many of which focus on development.

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