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Global Theme Week- Education

A key aspect of our teaching involves our Global Curriculum. As part of our routine teaching and Global Focus weeks, the children learn about a variety of issues ranging from Social Justice and Equality to Sustainable Development. We encourage the children to think about what they have learnt, and then act upon it with a view to them becoming model Global Citizens in the future! 

Our next Global Learning Week is just around the corner, and the focus this time will be on education and, in particular, education around the world and children’s entitlement to it. During this week, we will focus more on the Human Rights and Social Justice strands of our Global Curriculum as opposed of the Sustainable Development and environmental issues covered during the Water Week. Our pupils will experience learning with and without resources, and consider how educational experiences differ around the world.

The children and staff really enjoyed our Water Week activities, and we are very much looking forward to investigating education from a global perspective. I am sure that, once again, our pupils will be excited to share their thoughts and findings with their families!

Global Themed Weeks - Water

Global Themed Weeks

Over the course of the next 2 years, we are planning to run several Global themed weeks in which we will develop the children’s wider understanding of the world and ensure that the content of our Global Curriculum is delivered in a cohesive and meaningful way. The themes for each week will be taken from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) which aim to aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone by 2030. As a staff team, we have agreed that these provide an appropriate focus for our Global Weeks.

Water Week

The theme of our first Global Week, which will take place at the end of this term, will be clean water and sanitation. We have many exciting activities planned around the central question “Why is water important?”. These will include Science around the water cycle and waterproofing, Art on theme of Water and a speaker from the charity Water Aid.

A key aspect of our week will be teaching the children about how far children in poorer countries have to walk for water…an astonishing 6 kilometres! The charity World Vision are, this year, organising a ‘Walk 6K for Water Event’ which we will take part in. To launch the event, myself and a couple of members of staff from each school will run the 6 km between each school! On Monday morning I will hold an assembly at 9am Yardley to explain the week’s activities and their significance. I will then run to Denton hold the same assembly there and then run back to Yardley. The children from both schools will be able to track our progress as we run.

During the week, the children will all take part in walking 6 km. Our younger children will do this collectively, as a class, whilst the older children will walk the full amount. We will take lots of pictures to share with you!