We have a range of diverse downloads for you to use in the classroom or group setting, and which will help you challenge established and conventional thought. Many of them originated through projects we’ve run in the past and are still relevant and useful resources.
Our Community - A Place of Welcome
resource kit for nurseries and Early Years practitioners
CDEC has produced an exciting 'Our Community - A Place of Welcome' resource kit for nursery and Early Years practitioners to support young children and families who use English as an additional language (EAL). The aim is to help young children using EAL become more fluent and ready for school, and for parents to feel more integrated into their local community.
Resources and activities to use either in the classroom or at home in the light of Coronavirus
- Ease your under 7s' anxiety over the virus with this story. It is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
- Explore any of the activities and links below under the themes of climate change, plastic and growing tomatoes.
- For a range of suggestions that bring the world to your doorstep, take a look at what Global Dimension has. They have a useful global calendar with links to information and activities so you can theme learning around notable festivals and dates.
- You can explore the Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals) through games that you can download from the World's Largest Lesson and play together.
- Fairtrade: The Fairtrade Schools team have put together a range of resources and activities for parents and teachers to use with children to explore fairness, understand where food like chocolate come from, and there's even a French comprehensive exercise.
These are just a few suggestions.
CDEC's weekly email of resources and activities for parents and teachers
We are continuing to provide and suggest resources and activities via our weekly activities emails, which you can sign up to here. Previous weeks' activities are found on our news pages. Each week, we focus on a theme and include DialogueWorks Hometalk activity, plus some other interesting links; to help you, here are direct links to the pages and their theme:
- 31 March: Easter celebrations around the world, Hometalk Week 1 and making a journey stick
- 8 April: Let's celebrate our family heritage on World Heritage Day - activities for talking about our family's past using memories, objects or photos; Hometalk Week 2 and Zooming Granny
- 15 April: Activities to celebrate Earth Day: Rain forest plant hunt activity, Climate conversations, Hometalk Week 3, resources for parents on conversations around coronavirus
- 22 April: Become an expert storyteller with the inspiration of our Sankofa: Storytelling for the Digital Age project and Tiddalik (and make your own Tiddalik). Then learn all about frogs ahead of the worldwide Save the Frogs day on 29 April. We also have Hometalk Week 4 for you.
- 29 April: Activities to 'see' and love more of your community for Local and Community History Month, and we are celebrating peace ahead of Bhudda Day and VE Day. And we have Hometalk Week 5, which is all about questioning our assumptions.
- 6 May: Mark International Day of the Family with activities to explore how families in other parts of the world live, and what you would put in your invisible backpack to take through life. Sankofa - Storytelling for the digital age brings us ideas to challenge our perceptions through the Tale of the Two Villages. Hometalk Week 6 from Dialogue Works looks at perception and equality.
- 11 May: Let's celebrate cultural as well as biological diversity. Understanding of other cultures brings us peace with each other, while knowing the benefits of a rich and varied natural world ensures a better ecosystem. As part of this, our activities this week look at the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr and how you can bake your own Eid cookies to share. There is also Hometalk Week 8 which is about giving examples in discussions.
- 19 May: It's coming up to half-term and so time for something a bit different. We're celebrating Africa Day by remembering the diversity that exists in this vast and mesmerising continent. So how well do you know this vast continent? Our activities will test and extend your knowledge, while also unleashing your creative talents with inspiration of contemporary African artists. Back here, why not also use nature's clues to navigate using the world around you? We have just the activity!
- 27 May: Explore your sound landscape and nomadic life! It is Roma, Gypsy and Traveller History month in June, so the perfect time to consider what it is like to live a different way of life - which is in complete contrast to how we have all been living within the lockdown. Ahead of World Environment Day, also take time to listen to the world around us and build a 'picture' of your local sound landscape. There's also Hometalk Week 9 for you.
- 2 June: Let's explore our oceans! With our activities ahead of World Oceans Day, we take a look at Cumbria's marine wildlife, it's links with other places in the world; we consider what lies beneath our oceans with a fun game of 'what if' and look at what we can all do to help our oceans fight the wave of plastic pollution by taking the Family Plastic Challenge! It is also Empathy Day next week so we have some links to some great opportunities for us to think about what it's like to be in other people's shoes; plus we have Hometalk Week 10 from Dialogue Works.
- 10 June: Black lives matter to us - In the light of the protests against racism across the UK following the death of George Floyd in the USA, we bring you activities to help you consider what it is like to be black in the UK, who has been campaigning for the rights of black people and a couple of short films to get you as teachers and parents thinking. This week, Hometalk Week 12 explores fairness, injustice and inequality.
- 17 June: This last week is Refugee Week and a time for us to think about the lives of people who have had to flee the country where they were born. Our activities for World Music Day and the Hindu celebration of Puri Rath Yatra give us a chance to be creative and have some fun! And there is also Dialogue Works' Hometalk Week 13 which looks at community.
- 24 June: On 4 July it is International Day of the Cooperatives, when people and groups working together for a common aim and good are celebrated. This week's activities look at cooperatives and also what it is to co-operate. Dialogue Works' Hometalk Week 14 is all about music - enjoy!
- 1 July: We look ahead to World Population Day - our activities explore the consequences of the human population on the finite resources on Earth. We also consider how the education of women can help make our society a better place for all as well control the population. And Dialogue Works' Hometalk Week 15 takes inspiration from beauty.
- 8 July: The legacy of Nelson Mandela is celebrated on Mandela Day on 18 July. Use these activities to learn more about who Mandela was and to be inspired to take action and create change, as he did. Use Dialogue Works' Hometalk Week 16 looks at playing games to stimulate discussions.
Resources to explore climate change
As climate change becomes an ever more pressing part of our world, it becomes increasingly important to engage our children in the discussion. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals designate no 13 to Climate Action, emphasising how important it is to understand and to take action where we can.
Here are some resources that we recommend to help you bring this topic into your classroom.
Teacher guidance and ideas from CDEC: Climate Change – Climate Action – local to global
Resources from the UN:
We also work with Wicked Weather Watch and they have lots of information about climate change on their website, including a video explaining what is happening now.
Polar Bear Melting Ice activity - explore and understand the consequences of the sea ice melting, such as reducing polar bears' habitat and increasing sea levels, and help children understand what is causing the sea ice to melt.
Sea Level Change Impact UK activity - take a look at the impact changing sea levels will have in the UK, particularly in your town and at your school.
Global Schools Resources
The EU-funded Global Schools project (find out more about the project here) created two simple yet effective resources on what happens to plastic and on growing tomatoes:
Two larger teacher resources also came out of the project to aid thinking about global learning within schools:
Philosophy for Global Learning has been created as a flexible and practical resource for teachers of all levels of experience. It is for those who want to teach global awareness to children through the structure of Philosophy for Children. Philosophy for Global Learning is aimed for use with children in Key Stage 2 but some parts can be used with younger children. You can purchase the reprint of this resource here.
Divided into three sections, with an introduction, P4C Session and resources, much of the P4C session section has split pages. So if you download the resource, cut pages from 17 to 56 into three so you can pick and choose the activities and stimulus you wish to use.
We would also like to credit Helen Griffin with the 'Concept Target: real and not real' activity on page 67-68, 'Concept Building: big ideas' on page 71 and 'Concept Play: How you interpret a word' on page 72. Thank you for allowing us to use them.
Who in the World Am I is a resource pack for teachers and children who want to actively explore their own identity from the personal right through to being part of a family, a community, a country and becoming a global citizen. The activities develop progressively through the global learning themes of valuing diversity and skills of self-awareness and reflection.
Map Your Meal
This is a great geography Key Stage 4 resource as well as one that is useful for youth group settings.