School to school links (Old Curriculum)
Children's rights and the millennium development goals are studied in relation to Africa and the UK. Health, water, food and trade, Mandela, African art, history and geography are all covered and support to link with an African school is given. Gain your International School Award!
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This Topic was written for the old National Curriculum of England. We have left it on the website so that teachers unconstrained by the new National Curriculum can continue to access this material. Teachers in England would have to adapt this Topic to the new curriculum or use some of the new Topics available on the website.
Discuss the reasons why linking with a school in Africa is important and emphasise its importance in helping to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals. Children tackle a CAFOD activity to act as advisers to an aid agency distributing funds to suitable projects.
Look (again) at the list of UN Children’s Rights. Discuss whether or not children feel they have all their rights and explain how various people and organisations can help achieve them if not. Learn some words and phrases in link school’s language (or Swahili).
Discover where in Africa your link school is (or use a child described in a book as your link). Imagine you are going to visit and plan the journey you would make. Draw the route on maps or create a journey timeline including distances, mode of travel, etc.
Listen carefully to some children in Ghana describing their home town or use descriptions from your link school friends of their town. Imagine the teacher and some children from your link school are going to visit your town! Describe the places they should visit.
Children describe their daily lives. They think about the things they do regularly each day, each week and at weekends. Look at the features of diaries and then children keep a diary for a week to share with their link school friends. Compare with lives of other children.
Sketch maps of the local area and plans of homes and other places will help their link school friends understand the children’s daily lives as described in their diaries. Look at Ordnance Survey maps and street plans. Children use symbols and a key to clarify their maps and plans.
Use celebrity profiles to decide what children might include in their personal profile to introduce themselves to their link school friends. Listen to Ghanaian children describing themselves and their families. Prepare own profiles on screen or as recordings.
Now children are going to expand the information about themselves to include their family. They draw family trees. Discuss the role of women; do children’s mothers have the same role as their grandmothers or earlier generations? What about the African women?
Consider where the food that we eat comes from. Grown at home, locally or in another country? Discuss food miles. Who does the shopping, cooking, washing up? Where does the water come from? Cook a meal or dish and write the recipe to send to your link school.
Investigate the climate of the UK and different parts of Africa. Consider how the weather affects our daily lives – clothes, homes, transport, food, etc. Keep a weather chart to swap with your link school or research climate change in UK and Africa.
Compare your school with your link school (or use a Ghanaian school). The UNICEF book A school like mine is used as a starting point to look at similarities and differences. Children prepare a website describing their school or the UK education system.
What do children do when they are not in the classroom? At playtimes, evenings and weekends? Discuss sport, games and hobbies. Write instructions for a playtime game or making a craft object to send to their link school friends. Try an African game or craft.