Supporting National Storytelling Week and literacy through global learning
- Supporting National Storytelling Week and literacy through global learning
Looking for new ideas to support National Storytelling Week and your literacy teaching throughout 2018? The GLP offers free resources, case studies, curriculum support and funded CPD.*
Activities provided on the GLP website include:
- Stories from Haiti (Key Stages 2−3): learn about poverty, development and justice following the 2010 Haiti earthquake with this activity, linked to Oxfam resources.
- Resources based on materials from the NATE website covering 16 topics for Key Stages 2 and 3 – ranging from child soldiers to mobile phones in Kenya – each showing how global learning can contribute to learning in English.
- A perspective on 'British values', global learning and the teaching of English from the National Association for the Teaching of English.
- An Oxfam resource More or Less Equal, which includes activities, resource sheets, PowerPoint documents and comprehensive teachers’ notes to help explore the effects of poverty on young people, and the concept of inequality. Aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils, it supports English reading, writing and speaking. Download the GLP mapping document to this resource.
- GLP-approved resources for literacy/English can also be found on the Global Dimension website.
You can find even more resources supporting a range of topics and issues, including World Book Day, by logging in to your GLP account. If your school isn't one of the thousands of schools in England already registered for the GLP and benefiting from up to £500-worth of funding for CPD,* curriculum guidance and resources available, simply register your school today! Registration is free and takes just a few minutes.
If you’re not sure if the GLP, or global learning, is relevant to you and your school’s needs and priorities, please take a look at examples of how global learning can bring tremendous value to teaching English at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
Resources from the GLP can also raise your pupils’ awareness of literacy around the world and also support their own literacy skills through engaging with global issues.
Illiteracy is the one of the root causes of many global issues, such as poverty and gender inequality. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined 17 goals to achieve by 2030, all of which are important and relevant to today’s world. Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. The target is that by 2030 all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.
Case studies and background reading
You can use GLP funding* worth up to £500 to pay for attendance at a wide range of accredited CPD courses. Our CPD Calendar offers a variety of courses to help you incorporate global learning into literacy classes. Here is a selection of the literacy/English-themed courses:
- Global Literacy takes place on 6 March 2018 and looks at practical ways to enrich the English Primary curriculum. It also helps pupils recognise their place in local, national and global communities. The course will examine how to use a wide range of multi-cultural picture, story and poetry books, multi-media resources, drama and role play, and non-fiction sources to achieve literacy objectives for speaking and listening, reading, writing and media literacy.
- More in common − schools, society, the world takes place on 24 April 2018 and provides an opportunity for Key Stage 2 and 3 teachers to become immersed in a dramatic performance about refugees. It explores the sustainable development goals, social justice, ‘British values’ and Philosophy for Children as an approach for thinking about complex and controversial global issues.
Flexible courses (which can be arranged for a time that suits you) include:
- Global Learning in KS3 English. The aim of this course is to think about ‘English’ Language and Literature from a global perspective and the role of the subject in promoting active, global citizens. It will also introduce teachers of English to the key concepts, skills and values of global learning and help them reflect critically on the implications of this for teaching and learning in English. In addition, it will help teachers develop practical ideas and approaches that embed global learning in reading, writing and speaking and listening activities in the classroom.
- Reading our world through picture books and global fiction explores the potential of picture books and global fiction for introducing learners to the world and global issues. It will help Key Stage 2 teachers engage learners with a range of global perspectives through story, equip them with new teaching activities and techniques around global picture books and fiction, and will enable them to think critically about how and what they teach, and the implications of this for global learning.
- Stories and controversial issues makes use of a range of stories from around the world, and explores how they can support global learning, literacy, community cohesion and SMSC.
- Global learning and the English curriculum will inspire Key Stage 2 teachers by exploring high-quality literacy activities through the context of global learning. It will focus specifically on the potential for critical thinking within the English curriculum, and will introduce teachers to P4C (Philosophy for Children) – exploring how speaking & listening opportunities can be further developed to enhance reading and writing.
- Literacy, big issues and global learning will demonstrate how using global issues can provide meaningful global learning through core Key Stage 2 curriculum work around literacy. It will support teachers in developing critical literacy skills essential for understanding the world and global learning, and will help build confidence among teachers to engage in complex global learning issues – exploring perspectives and working with a variety of global learning skills and values.
* The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England. The deadline to book onto GLP-funded CPD* is 29 March 2018, and courses must be attended by 1 June 2018. The GLP in England (GLP-E) is managed by a consortium of partners: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, UCL Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), SSAT and Think Global.