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Global Learning

Global learning plays a vital role in building a better future for our learners through teaching them about their relationships to each other and our planet.  In our approach to Global Learning, we examine global and local issues, while promoting an awareness of the impact that our learners can have as global citizens. In a rapidly changing world, we support the long-term development and success of our learners, by enhancing their critical thinking skills, promoting their development of positive values and attitudes, and providing opportunities for active learning across all subjects in our curriculum through Global Learning.


The Global Learning aims for our school are:

  • To better help our learners understand their role in a globally connected world. 
  • To explore strategies and future solutions by which our learners can make the world more just and sustainable.
  • To stimulate critical thinking and help promote greater awareness around global and local issues.
  • To teach key concepts around Global Learning linked to the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals.
  • To actively take part in projects that have an impact on citizens both locally and globally.
  • To enable our learners to connect with others globally and share their learning journey.


What follows are examples of Global Learning at The Henry Moore Primary School:

World Ocean's Day (June 2022)

As part of our Global Learning Programme, the Children at The Henry Moore School have been studying about the state of the world’s oceans and what we must do to protect them. The children considered all the waste currently found in our oceans and upcycled these materials into items of greater quality, artistic or environmental value. This initiative supported Global Goal #14 – Life Below Water - in our impact towards a more sustainable world. We presented the children’s work in the Gibberd Gallery at the Civic Centre. The display was a mixture of work from all year groups, exhibiting what the children learned during our World Oceans Day. Our upcycling projects included bags made from crisp packets, toys made from water bottles, coasters made of old clothes and outfits made from plastic for a trashion show. Some year groups also wrote poems and made posters about the issues facing our oceans.

What our children said about the project:

In year 1 we recycled bottles and cut the side bits off and the bottom too. We took off the lids and painted them. We made the wheels with wooden sticks and cardboard. We decorated it with all sorts of plastic and other junk and stuck it with glue. I enjoyed painting it the most. We learned that fish eat the plastic in the ocean and are poisoned. If all the animals eat plastic, there will be no animals left in the sea. I would feel bad and it would not be good for the sea - Henry


In year 5 we took an old T-shirt that we no longer used or was too small to wear. We cut it into strips and rolled it into the circles. Then we sewed it with thread to keep it secure. They are strong enough to put mugs and cups on. I liked that we reused something that we did not use anymore. This is known as upcycling. On World Ocean’s Day we learned about plastic pollution. Plastic gets dumped in the seas and animals eat it. It then becomes stuck inside them. Plastic is a big problem in the world. We should always put plastic in the correct bins for recycling and also think about single use plastics - Amelia


In year 3 we made a mosaic. First I drew a picture of a jelly fish in my book. Then I thought of some nice colours to cut out of a cereal box. There were 2 shades of orange. I cut out more pieces of cardboard to make tentacles, then the body and stuck it together. I also made coral and other fish to complete my ocean scene. We upcycled the cardboard to make it into art. I liked how it came out, especially the colours and the shape. We found out that the ocean is in peril and there are tons of rubbish in the sea. People are throwing it away and not caring about the animals. We should have more bins on the beach and recycle more. We need to care about the oceans more - Harry


We upcycled rubbish in to fashion. We gathered lots of crisp packets and cut them in to shapes to make a skirt. Then we stuck them together. After that, we tried it on had to adjust it with sticky tape. For the shirt, we used a bin-liner. We cut off the bottom and then the sides and realised it was too short so we used more leftover crisp packets to cover it. We added a train that hung from the skirt. We also used bubble wrap to complete our design with Velcro. On World Ocean’s Day we learned that plastic causes our oceans to be polluted and animals are dying because of our actions. We made posters and wrote poems about plastic. We should recycle plastic bottles and upcycle them into all sorts of creations like bird feeders etc. We could also litter pick on beaches to stop plastic getting into the oceans - Skyler


Project Impact:

Our children learned about the causes and effects of plastic in our oceans. They learned about the power to upcycle plastic and help reduce the plastic problem. Through our assembly, we learned about where the Garbage patches in our oceans are around the world and some of the solutions to help. Year 4 modelled their upcylced outfits at a fashion show, which was watched by parents. Our learning was displayed in a local art gallery inthe summer months for the whole of Harlow to see.

Conservation Topic (March 2022)

We have been reading the book 'One Plastic Bag'. It tells the story of of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and showed how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world. Our children wrote about the story, designed their own bags our of crisp packets and then made an actual product for DT.


What our children said about their learning:

I enjoyed drawing my pictures of the plastic bag. I found it very interesting writing questions to the woman. It was a fun story to learn about how she used the plastic and recycled it to make different things and how she feels - Olivia


Designing the handbags in this lesson was really fun and coming up with the ideas. When we washed the crisp packets all we could smell was cheese and onion! Upcycling these bags was a great way to make them more useful and help the environment. It made me feel sad that we are destroying our environment - Oscar

Migration Topic (March 2022)

Our children have been reading the texts: 'Where Will I live?' and 'The Silence Seeker'. We learned about the reasons why people migrate around the world using real photos. We then read a fictional story exploring the feelings of boy who moved to a big city, making a friend along the way, who was oblivious to his situation. The children then wrote from the point of view of both boys' thoughts and feelings.

What our children said about their learning:

In English we learned about the Silence Seeker and all about migration. We found out that refugees have to move from one country to another because of war or natural disasters. Migrants have a choice weather to move and do so to get better jobs, healthcare and a better life - Izzy


In English we wrote a postcard planner for the Silence Seeker. It was so much fun! I was very pleased with my work and I used my targets to write about migration. I remember using a lot of ideas why the Silence Seeker came to the city. My parents wanted to go to a richer country and be safe - Skyler

International Women's Day (Feb 2022)

We have been learning about Malala Yousafzai and her role in women's rights. We wrote letters to her, learned about her life and how she is an activist for children's rights to go to school.

What our children said about their learning:

I really enjoyed learning about Malala as she is an inspirational person to girls just like me. Writing a letter to Malala was super fun and very enjoyable. Also learning about her life and how she was nearly shot. I don’t think that its fair that she was discriminated against because she was a woman - Tilly

Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 2022)

During these two weeks, our Eco-warriors have been busy giving presentations to their classes about Fairtrade. We learned about the lives of Fairtrade farmers around the world and how Fairtrade benefits them through our buying choices. They then shared examples of Fairtrade products on their Fairtrade stall. All the Eco-warriors spoke with great enthusiasm and can be extremely proud educating the classes. After learning about Fairtrade, all the school was involved in making a giant Fairtrade mosaic which is on display. This led to use receiving the FairAware award from the Fairtrade Foundation!


What our children said about the project:

I learned all about how Fairtrade works and how it affects farmers around the world every day. It also affects us because if they don’t work, we won’t get fruit here when its winter. I learned they sell bananas, cocoa and wheat. I enjoyed all of the special events in Fairtrade Fortnight. It is important that the farmers make more money for their produce so they can live and have a fair wage - Freddie


Project Impact:

Our children learned about the impact of Fairtrade by hearing the talks given by our Eco-warriors and an assembly given by Mr Azzopardi. Years 4 and 5 also had a Fairtrade speaker teach a remote session. Children learned about the choices they make in a supermarket and how these choices affect the lives of farmers in countries such as Colombia, Ivory Coast and India. They also learned about globalisation and where the Fairtrade process fits in. We also learned about the effect Faitrade has on the UK and what would happen if farmers stopped working.

Books2Africa (Jan 2022)

Some of our Eco-Warriors recently visited Books2Africa’s recycling centre where we donated around 1000 of our used, but much loved, reading books. Books2Africa ship donated books every day to countries like Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. They have 3 warehouses with over 1,000,000 books on site. After emptying the carload of books, our team scanned them into the system and then packed the boxes ready for shipment. We were able to tour the rest of the warehouse and learned about the running of the charity from all the fantastic staff. We kept them very busy with so many questions! Books2Africa mainly handle books but they also had rooms full of computers, clothes, toys and games. Our donation shipment has a tracking number so we can see exactly where it arrives in Africa after its long journey ahead. Bon voyage books!

What our children said about the project:

We went to Books2Africa to recycle our unused books. We learned that the books people donate get packed up and sent to places all around Africa. It wasn’t just books – They had computers, phones and even shoes. We had to pack up the books and then scan them onto the computer - Grace


Project Impact:

Our school donated over 1700 books to this cause from children and our library. It gave children a chance to understand how a recycling centre for books works. Children also learned where countries in Africa were such as Nigeria, Malawi and Tanzania.


The Memory Project (Jan 2022)

Our year 6 children have recently been involved in a global art project which gets its name from its intention: to provide handmade, heartfelt portraits as special memories to children in deprived parts of the world. Northern Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of school attendance in the world, due to children facing the risk of kidnapping by local militia.

The Memory Project provided us with photographs of some of these children along with short messages about themselves. Our year 6 children then sketched portraits of them and sent them back as gifts to Nigeria. We then received a video showing the Nigerian children’s reaction to receiving these portraits. As you can see, the artwork is outstanding and our children felt a real connection after drawing them.

Nigeria 2022 Delivery Video.mp4

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What our children said about the project:

I really enjoyed drawing my portrait and learning about the Nigerian children. I felt a connection to Yasmin. I hope she enjoys seeing my portrait. This is an important issue because there are people in war-torn countries that do not have access to the things we have like school, food and water - Evelyn


Project Impact:

Our children felt connected and had an impact on the Nigerian children's lives. We learned about what the schools were like in this part of Nigeria. We learned about what life was life for the children and were more empathetic for children who are less fortunate than us. It gave our artwork a real global purpose.