Creative and performing arts subjects provide many opportunities for global learning ~ artists engaging in intercultural collaboration; experiences providing creative inspiration; drama as a medium for exploring controversial topics; international competition as a stimulus for cross curricular learning.  Through involvement in these experiences, young people engage with diverse perspectives, learn skills of verbal and non verbal communication, gain a positive sense of self and develop respect for others.

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

We hope that these resources will inspire you to try some global learning activities in your classroom ~ we would love to hear how they went!

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PE and sport

The 'PE and sport: a catalyst for global learning’ resource produced in collaboration with the Youth Sports Trust highlights the attributes of teamwork and collaboration, fair play and inclusion which provide rich learning opportunities for global learning within schools.

International sporting events, such as the Olympics or the Football World Cup provide a focus for activities within schools. ‘Global learning through sport ~ responding to the World Cup and 2012 Olympics’ gives ideas and activities for making the most of the opportunities for exploring global issues.

Drama and art

‘Rehearsing our roles’ suggests drama-based activities which explore diverse viewpoints, and challenging issues in a dynamic way.

Thinking through making: art and sustainable development’ reflects on the processes involved in making and creating, and explores how this is related to sustainable development.

Using photographs and cartoons as stimuli for learning

Images are a powerful stimuli for learning and creativity ~ creating an image or movement to represent emotions, acting out the sequence of events which led to a particular snapshot are examples of how they might be used.  Teaching ideas for using images are available here.

‘Thin black lines rides again’ is an engaging collection of cartoons that raise serious issues about development and perceptions of the world – thoughtful and stimulating, these are designed to provoke discussion.  For downloadable images, click here

Developing enquiry approaches

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.  The questions raised at this stage could support the interpretation of at a visual image, offer a starting point for a drama piece, or provide an holistic view of characters in a play.

Exploring global learning

‘Enabling global learning through the key stage 3 curriculum’ shares ideas about global learning, proposes an entitlement for young people and is supported by a range of downloadable material which can be used in the classroom or with colleagues in a CPD session.

Cross-curricular working

A cross-curricular approach supports the connections between different disciplines, and strengthens subject rigour. ‘Enabling through cross curricular approaches’ - in  ‘Enabling global learning through the KS3 curriculum’ includes ideas for deep learning days, inter-disciplinary collaboration and issue based approaches. In this article, teachers in Wolverhampton share their experiences of working collaboratively across subject boundaries.