The Humanities have a special place in developing an understanding of the world. Geography, History and RE in particular are where young people study countries, cultures and faiths; understand the development of the world; explore the economic, environmental and social relationships which connect countries and peoples; and investigate the physical features of our world.

Cities, people and change ~ creative curriculum development in secondary schools.

This new online publication shares ideas and activities developed by teacher groups looking at a range of issues related to cities, including globalisation and migration stories through using local archives.


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In the sections below, we highlight resources developed by humanities teachers which share ideas about: 

We hope that these resources will inspire you to try some global learning activities in your classroom ~ we would love to hear how they went!

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Improving understanding of development
Development is a complex topic, constantly changing, and ever expanding. ‘What is development?’ provides a useful and accessible starting point, with practical suggestions for classroom activities which will never go out of date.

Exploring Ubuntu’ and ’80:20’ both take a more detailed look at development, exploring economic, social and environmental aspects in more depth, while recognising the connections between them.

Gender, and the role of women in development is the focus for ‘Backbone of development’.

Muslim perspectives and citizenship
How does faith influence perceptions of identity, cohesion and citizenship? The publication ‘Citizenship and Muslim perspectives – teachers sharing ideas’ offers classroom activities and stimuli to help create an inclusive sense of citizenship within schools.

Using museums and archives
Museums and archives provide a wealth of local material for History teachers. By engaging with authentic voices, young people can explore global events such as migration and the industrial revolution from a local perspective. ‘At the heart of it~ using local collections to inspire global learning’ gives practical and user friendly suggestions for teachers.

A group of history and geography teachers are working with Birmingham Heritage and Archives to develop classroom materials exploring the stories of migrants to and from Birmingham.  Click here to find out how you could get involved.

Focus on issues:  Cities, Water and Food
With over half the population of the world now living in urban environments, the new Tide~ publication 'Cities, people and change'  which shares ideas developed through the Cities Project will be of particular interest to Humanities specialists.  As a starting point, ‘Cities as a lens to the world’ is a useful stimulus for discussion, and ‘Cities and Citizenship’ is a more substantive teaching resource.

Water and food are two of the key challenges for the global population today.  ‘Water for a city’ explores a current issue from an historical perspective; and ‘Food and Farming’ provides ideas and teaching resources for classroom activities.

Using photographs and cartoons as stimuli
‘Thin black lines’, and ‘Thin black lines ride again’ are collections of cartoons which raise serious issues about development and perceptions of the world – thoughtful and stimulating, these are designed to provoke discussion.

Many of the resources mentioned in this section use images as powerful teaching aids. For ideas on how to make best use of them see here for support materials for 'Enabling global learning through the KS3 curriculum'.

Developing enquiry approaches
A starting point for many activities in humanities has been the Development Compass Rose [DCR]. The DCR framework reminds us to consider a range of perspectives related to environmental, social, economic and political aspects and prompts deep engagement . This process challenges our assumptions and stereotypes, while creating a space to listen to others viewpoints of the world. The questions and statements produced at this stage can provide a useful steer for future learning.

For suggestions on how to use these click here.

The online resource ‘Climate change ~ local and global’ demonstrates an enquiry approach to a topic, with transferable activities and suggestions for classroom activities.

Exploring global learning
‘Enabling global learning through the key stage 3 curriculum’ shares ideas about global learning, proposes an entitlement for young people and is supported by a range of downloadable material which can be used in the classroom or with colleagues in a CPD session.

Cross-curricular working
A cross-curricular approach supports the connections between different disciplines, and strengthens subject rigour.  . ‘Enabling through cross curricular approaches’ - link support section in  ‘Enabling global learning through the KS3 curriculum’ includes ideas for deep learning days, inter-disciplinary collaboration and issue based approaches. In this article, teachers in Wolverhampton share their experiences of working collaboratively across subject boundaries.