Global Learning at Greenleaf
Well done to Sebastian in Birch for making this delicious veggie meal!
Did you know that cutting down the amount of meat we consume (or giving it up altogether) can help save the planet? This is because plant based foods generally use less energy, land and water. Below is a link to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals and an activity for you to complete for Mr Scott.
We are delighted to now be part of the Green Schools project which works towards schools emitting 'Zero Carbon'. Our Year 5 and 6 children will have an opportunity to shape our energy usage policy at the school throughout sessions this year. More details can be found here:
Furthermore, Mr Scott gave an interview to the Teach Now website about the importance of working with Green Schools to make our educational environments as environmentally friendly as possible:
As part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme, Year 5 have been involved in a project focusing on the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving Zero Hunger throughout our world. This is alongside Mayville Primary in Leytonstone, Hillyfield Primary and South Grove Primary (both Walthamstow). We are hoping to link up with a Kenyan partner school soon too but unfortunately schools in Kenya are closed until January.
In October, Year 5 spent several sessions looking at the issue of hunger and looking at ways we can work to eradicate it throughout the world. The children started by explaining their existing knowledge on the subject.
Thanks to Year 5’s work on the Africa topic and the ‘Africa is Not a Country’ key text, as well as the plethora of ongoing global work at Greenleaf, the children were able to dismiss the stereotype of Africa being poverty stricken and could identify it as a diverse place, both culturally and economically.
In the ‘Zero Hunger’ sessions, the children moved on to look at the example of Ethiopia and how it has managed to dramatically reduce its under-nourishment figures from 73% to 29% between 1993 and 2015.
As you can see above, the children then looked at a range of countries and were happy to find that most had dropped in terms of levels of undernourishment over the last twenty years. This data was analysed and illustrated as the children felt was appropriate.
Most children were surprised to find that 5% of people in the United Kingdom are unable to afford a meal every second day. We talked about ways in which we can help to reduce this locally and many children were interested to find out about the Eat or Heat foodbank based just round the corner from our school. In fact, many had never heard of a foodbank before.
After the current restrictions are loosened, we are hoping to take a trip there to see how we can help out as a school to reduce hunger in our locale. In the meantime, we will continue to work alongside our Connecting Classrooms partner schools and maintain our global approach to all we do at Greenleaf. If you would like to work on a project together or have an idea that you feel we should be involved with, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Schools/ Global Dimension Coordinator
We are delighted to have been awarded full reaccreditation as a British Council International School in June 2020. This is thanks to the commitment of staff, children and parents alike. The award highlights our continued dedication to ensuring our curriculum is enriched by an embedded global approach to learning.
Those interested in learning more about global learning can find out more at these sites: