In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations agreed on an action plan to tackle the issues facing our world. The action plan outlined 17 Goals for a sustainable development of our world.
It is important that adults help children make sense of the increasingly globalised, complex and rapidly changing world in which they live. Global Learning enables pupils to think critically about world issues and to develop an awareness of the impact our own actions can have on others. The main aim is to equip young people with the essential knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that will enable them to realise their potential and make a positive contribution to our world.
At Britannia Primary School and Nursery, each half term the children learn about the 17 Global Goals and complete an activity to help their understanding.
Last academic year we continued to introduce the Goals in order, here are the details of what the children learned in 2020/2021:
Autumn 1 A recap (or introduction for new pupils) of Global Learning.
Autumn 2 Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Spring 1 Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Spring 2 Goal 13: Climate action
Summer 1 Goal 14: Life below water
Summer 2 Goal 15: Life on land
This next academic year the children will be looking at these goals:
Autumn 1: Recap. What are the Sustainable Development Goals. Focus on Litter in school.
Autumn 2: Goal 16 - Peace and Justice. Strong Institutions.
Spring 1: Goal 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Spring 2: Goal 1 - No Poverty
Summer 1: Goal 2 - Zero Hunger
Summer 2: Goal 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing
Children from across the school can see examples of their work on the Global Learning display board in the Year 3 corridor.
Last term we looked at DEFORESTATION. The children were shocked to find out how many trees are disappearing every minute of every day. They wrote letters to those involved in deforestation. Here is a photo of some of their work on our Global Learning display board in school.
Last half term the children learned about life below the sea. We looked at how plastic pollution is affecting our oceans. We looked at 'Ocean Clean Up', an initiative and invention by Boyan Slat, which travels the ocean and gathers plastic pollution without harming any wildlife or sea life at all!
The children produced some amazing inventions of their own, thinking about how to manage pollution.
Of course, the best way is to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives, to stop it entering our waterways and our oceans and killing innocent animals.
Did you know: Every piece of plastic ever made is still on our planet somewhere - either in landfill, still waiting to be used, in our homes, or floating about somewhere! And still we have no real solution for all the plastic we are bringing into our lives every day at an incredible rate.
Spring Term. First Half Term January - February 2021
This half term the children learned about Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
We mainly focused on plastic and household waste.
The children were asked to think about how they could reduce the amount of waste or plastic in their homes.
Children across the school produced photos of the different types of recycling they had, photos of eco-friendly reusable cups and bags. Some children made posters to encourage others to reuse, reduce and recycle.
In the second half of Spring Term children learned about the Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Change. They were asked to create posters about any aspect of climate change that they wanted. Each teacher forwarded the top 5 from their class to the Eco Committee who judged them and found 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners for each key stage. Each winner received an Easter Egg!
Here are the photos of our winning posters, which have been displayed throughout the school. Some of the other nominations will be displayed on our Global Learning board in school.