- pupils will examine a range of common approaches to increasing social justice and sustainability, increasing their capacity for critical thinking and analysis.
The GLP-W has a strong focus on developing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of development, and in particular on exploring different approaches to reducing global poverty through development. This is an opportunity for pupils to develop their skills in enquiry and critical thinking by engaging with sometimes complex and controversial ideas – thus also developing their understanding, views and responses in an informed way. Many of the GLP-W subject-based case studies have a strong focus on enquiry and/or critical thinking.
In relation to global learning, enquiry and critical thinking might include:
- asking and responding to a range of questions, e.g. as part of an investigation into how poverty was reduced in a place or through a particular project
- explaining and reasoning, thinking about evidence and making judgements or decisions, e.g. in a role-play or decision-making exercises
- assessing or evaluating information, e.g. distinguishing fact and opinion
- making links between topics, so learning to think systematically
- expressing a point of view, understanding that people have different points of view, and engaging with these, e.g. through discussion
- considering different voices and points of view on global issues, e.g. different perspectives on the causes of global poverty and the actions people can take to overcome it
- being able to change one’s point of view, e.g. about who will benefit from a development.
Key questions for investigation:
- What approaches do I need to explore these issues?
- Which questions do I need to ask? Which are most useful, important?
- What do I think? What do other people think?
- Who should have a say and why?
- Where is this information from and is it valid?
- What is fact and opinion?
- Is any information biased?
- What arguments could I use? Which are the best arguments?
Contexts for investigation (from ESDGC A Common Understanding for Schools, Welsh Government guidance):
- Read aloud and discuss stories about different points of view
- Develop questioning and problem-solving activities
- Use circle time to develop children’s skills in speaking, listening and thinking about topics important to them.
Key Stage 2
- Explore rights and responsibilities in the classroom and international charters, e.g. Rights of the Child, Earth Charter
- Explore the views of different faiths on development and global poverty
- Role-play a decision-making exercise or debate a controversial local issue.
Key Stage 3
- Role-play a decision-making exercise or debate a controversial issue
- Investigate links between health and poverty statistics from different regions and explore the reasons for the differences
- Investigate how the media portrays different places, people or issues.
Whole School case studies
Curriculum case studies
GLP-W school case studies will be availble shortly.
ESDGC skill development:
- Developing thinking (plan, develop, reflect)
- Developing communication.
- Exploring current issues that affect the lives of people in Wales and the Welsh economy.