Bring a Global Dimension to your curriculum with our resources - learning requirements and curriculum objectives are featured where appropriate. Many of these ideas also contribute to Eco-Schools status.
Hold an 'African Footy' tournament!
These sheets give step-by-step instructions to help your pupils make these ‘recycled’ footballs - just like thousands of children in African countries. It’s a great activity to link to a recycling project and can be used to discuss the uses of waste materials in the UK - it’s also a really fun thing to do with your class!
Facts and background info - great for projects
These sheets give a brief overview of Uganda, with information on the geography, culture and issues in the country. They are useful if you are studying Uganda in topic work and offer comparisons with the UK, they also link well to the stories of Matia, Sanyu and Theresa. You can find all sorts of images from Uganda in our gallery. And you can make a donation to our work in Africa, including in Uganda by following this link.
Try out these tastes!
This simple food topic starter introduces pupils to some new foods/crops and helps them think about what can be grown in other countries and how these crops might be grown and harvested. Print out these sheets then make the foods (we have kept them quite simple). Set them out in a line and either have sheets face up so that they can see what they are, or place face down and ask pupils to guess what they are. You could extend this idea by choosing several foods and as a class deciding whether they can be grown or produced in the UK, African countries or both.
A collection of games played by African children
Many of the games that children play in East Africa are about things in their everyday lives: food, family and homemaking. Children play them in school fields, at home or on un-used land in their neighbourhood. These games, on the pdf below the video, are from a group of children near Iganga, Uganda. Before Send a Cow helped their families, many of these children were malnourished, only ate one meal a day and had very little energy to play. Through training in natural farming with their families, the children are now able to enjoy their childhoods and grow up healthily – having enough nutritious food for three meals a day and having the skills to grow food for the rest of their lives.
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Simple but tasty African dishes to try out
These recipes will spice up your learning about African countries and have been chosen as most are fairly easy to make. The first is for chapatis, and along with Mandazi, are a great alternative on pancake day. Types of food eaten across Africa varies greatly and is partly dependent on access to different ingredients. Often poor families will have to survive on a diet of beans and rice, but when money starts coming into a household and more food is grown, children’s diets become more varied, healthy. . . and tasty! Use the food images gallery to set the scene before you get cooking.
Build up an acacia tree over Lent and learn about life in Africa
A great resource for Lent, these sheets help make a fantastic Lenten Tree (like a Jesse Tree) that will create a colourful wall display. During Lent, your children will learn about life in African countries as illustrations are added to the acacia tree, and be encouraged to do something different at home or school (such as helping with the washing up at home or walking to school). At the same time, why not invite pupils to help children in families that are less fortunate? By raising £40 or more, your class can provide a ‘Farmer Starter Kit’ to an African farming family.
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Dennis from Uganda re-uses a drinks bottle to make a car
Lorna from Uganda shows various uses for plastic drinks bottles
Motivate your pupils to walk to school!
For Walk on Wednesday, why not do something different to motivate your pupils to be healthy and help them learn about Africa while they walk? You’ll be joining in with the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day. There are ideas and resources for what you can do on each day, (such as playing African games, making plastic bag footballs and eating African fruit), along with a Powerpoint to introduce the idea to pupils. Plus, there are some information boxes about life in East Africa and illustrations to help you to create a classroom display. We’d also love it if you chose to take the opportunity to get children sponsored and fundraise for Send a Cow.
Small gardens, ideal for small hands
Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country - with plenty of related resources and images to help you. These mini-gardens make the most of soil, compost and waste water, are easy to weed and can be grown in schools. Use the link below to find out more - and order a Bag Garden Starter Kit for £12, or call us on 01225 874222.