Cross curricular planning

Meeting learners’ needs in a changing world offers huge opportunities for creative planning which brings subjects, skills and understandings together.  This sections shares some effective approaches to support your own planning.

Many schools have found global learning an invaluable springboard for effective and purposeful planning.  Because the world itself, and big global issues, are seldom containable in a single subject, this demands coherent and creative planning across the curriculum, recognising the key skills, understandings and knowledge demanded by the theme.  In turn, this can refresh traditional topics, teaching approaches and resourcing across the school.

In the sections below, we highlight resources developed by teachers, which share ideas about: 

We hope that these resources will inspire you to explore planning for global learning activities in your own class or school ~ we would love to hear how it went!

Contact us to find out more about the support we offer, including our professional development programme and current teacher projects.

Planning for global learning

‘Global learning in primary schools’ proposes five ‘Core Ideas and Understandings’ as a framework for planning across the primary school.  It is supported by a range of downloadable material which can be used in the classroom or with colleagues in a CPD session. 

Tide~ working groups are currently looking at ideas about how we plan for progression against these core ideas, and for related knowledge and skills.  Contact us if you would like to know more.

A series of conferences, working groups and whole school projects have been actively engaged in recent debates about the next primary curriculum.  ‘Ideas into action’ shares some work in progress. 

Issues and ‘big ideas’

Looking globally at issues and ‘big ideas’ often opens up familiar topics, offering opportunities for deep learning and pupil engagement.  This often demands joined-up planning across the curriculum.

‘Learning today with tomorrow in mind’  how are we all connected? poster shares a plethora of ideas and approaches for planning around the ‘big idea’ of sustainable development.  Seven key concepts from the 1998 Holland Report serve as a foundation for this, and some of this has been brought further up to date through the ‘Bill Scott Challenge’ 

‘Water issues’ and ‘Food and farming’  take two common topic headings which reflect real world issues, and share ideas for planning for them across the curriculum.

‘Young children and global citizenship’ supports work at Reception and KS1 offering case studies of planning around some ‘big ideas’, backed up by a range of tried-and-tested creative teaching ideas.

Using images as a stimulus

A powerful image can inspire a range of emotions and raise questions and challenges for learning.  Sharing images related to a common theme or topic, between partner schools can help young people develop a connection with a different place and a diverse group of people.  Teaching ideas for using images along with a selection of downloadable resources are available here.

Developing questioning and enquiry

A starting point for many discussions about global issues has been the Development Compass Rose [DCR].  The DCR framework reminds us to consider a range of perspectives related to environmental, social, economic and political aspects prompting deep engagement while encouraging the development of a range of communication skills.  This process challenges our assumptions and stereotypes, while creating a space to listen to others’ viewpoints of the world. 

‘Climate change~ local and global’ offers an enquiry framework for looking into this huge global issue at KS2.  This can be adapted for other big global issues – we offer an example on Waste and Recycling in ‘Global learning in primary schools.’

Waking up’ takes some common plant products as the starting point for pupil led enquiry across the KS2 curriculum.

How we plan for progression in skills of questioning and enquiry is one of the things that Tide~ working groups are currently looking at.  Contact us if you would like to know more.