The world is getting smaller all the time. The global curriculum is primarily involved with teaching children about their place in the world and where is home, which helps them to build an understanding and appreciation for the world they live in. The Global Curriculum is not taught as a separate subject, but more incorporated into the many of the other subjects we teach. History, Geography, Music and RE are four obvious ones, but we also teach about the world in all other subjects. All key stage 2 children have a weekly ‘Newsround’ lesson where we watch and debate topical issues, most of which are centred in other countries. We teach children about issues such as, conservation of raw materials, litter cleanliness, re-cycling, walking, climate change, purchasing sensibly, endangered species, freedom, poverty etc.
In the past we have organised a ‘Global gang’ club. They helped create Eco-Friendly posters to put up around school. We are currently looking to create global partnerships with schools from around the world. In the past we have created links with schools in Europe. Assemblies and special events are also used to teach global themes. Some of these include, World Book Day, Red Nose Day, Remembrance Day and Black History Month.
Key Stage Two children are encouraged to watch Newsround on BBC1 every Wednesday in preparation for a lesson with Mr Gilmore the following day.
The main aim of the Newsround session is to teach the children about the world in which they live and the issues surrounding it. These may be global or close to home, and can include stories relating to both adults and children. Many of the stories involve: animals, sports, entertainment, poverty, human rights, light hearted stories and natural disasters.
Another aim is to invite children to think for themselves. Many stories promote discussion and the opportunity to think and have a view.
Other aims include: the opportunity to work alongside other classes in the session, developing the skill of note taking, any written work resulting from the session, further research skills and taking responsibility to watch the programme the previous evening (Y5 and Y6 only).