Introduction to the toolkit

There are many ways for primary schools to introduce global learning into their classrooms and help satisfy children's curiosity about the world around them. This toolkit should enable you to find the approach that will work best for you. Choose a starting point and develop in whatever way suits you, your pupils and your school. Each school will have its own unique global learning journey, but the ideas below will help you on your way! 

Pupil outcomes & progression

Global learning provides a range of outcomes for pupils at primary level. For an understanding of how pupils can progress between the ages of 3 and 11, please see pages 16-21 of Oxfam's Education for Global Citizenship: A guide for schools.

Case studies

Hundreds of primary schools in Northern Ireland are now participating in the GLP and their progress so far has been excellent. The case studies below highlight the fantastic global learning practice taking place in just a few of these schools and are a great read if you are looking for ideas to implement in your own school.

Kirkinriola PS     St Patrick's and St Brigid's PS

Global learning through topics

Most - if not all - primary topics can be looked at through a global learning lens. Here are ideas from the GLP team on how to add a global learning element into some of the most popular topics. There are plenty of suggestions, including fun global learning games to play with pupils and interesting discussion points to raise in class.

Mighty Me     Houses & Homes     World War II     Farming & Food     The Victorians     Space

Ancient Civilizations     Water

Guidance & advice

Below is some advisory material, either written or recommended by the GLP team, which you may find useful as you guide your primary school's global learning journey.

Introduction to Global Learning     Teaching Controversial Issues     Thinking Skills     Action Projects

Bonus: Global learning articles

Explore the refugee crisis     Global learning games     Spotlight on homelessness     Dealing with difficult topics   

Quick reference guide to global learning     Books to teach activism     Global learning in the English classroom