Lesson Bundle : Global Dimension - KS2


KS2 lessons to explore a variety of different global, environmental and social issues such as access to education and important natural resources, and the gap between developed and developing countries. Children will consider concepts of inequality and fairness and think about how what happens in one part of the world can have a global impact. Lessons include: Child Slavery: All for Profit, Mind the Gap: Between Developed and Developing Countries, Our Interconnected World, The GAP Exposed!, The Food Shortage, The Right To Education

Child Slavery: All for Profit

This lesson looks at the Unicef Rights of the Child and how children across the world are enslaved or bonded to serve the needs of business. Links: equality

Cross curricular links: Geography, History

Learning Activities

  • Looking at where items originate from
  • Using questions as discussion starters
  • Taking a closer look at the Law on Child Labour

Mind the Gap: Between Developed and Developing Countries

This lesson take the form of a global quiz that explores some interesting world facts, introduces children to the Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the gap between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries.

Cross-curricular links: geography, literacy

Learning Activities:

  • Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Poetry from the perspective of a child living in the developing world


Our Interconnected World

This lesson explores how events in one part of the world can have a global impact, taking the examples of the war in Syria, the Ebola crisis and fluctuating oil prices. It is suitable for upper KS2. Links: community, medicines

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, Geography, Art, IT

Learning Activities:

  • An investigation of where in the world everyday items are made
  • Writing a plea for peace to the General Secretary of the UN
  • Developing an illustrated pamphlet entitled ‘WHO Cares’ after looking at the work of the WHO
  • Creating posters from metaphors

Linked assembly: 
This assembly uses the example of the villagers of Eyam, and a nurse who volunteered her services to fight Ebola in West Africa, to show how real generosity involves putting the needs of others before our own.


The GAP Exposed: Child Labour

In this lesson children are asked to empathise with victims of child labour working in the clothing industry in India. It is suitable for all KS2. Links: equality

Cross-curricular links: Geography

Learning Activities:

  • Research into companies that manufacture their goods abroad, and whether they have any rules about how the workforce should be treated.

This lesson links with the lesson ‘All for profit’.


The Food Shortage

This lesson for upper KS2 asks the questions: What has caused the food shortage? Who is suffering? What can we do about it? It tackles various issues including the growing population, bio-fuels and changing diets. Links: green, BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT

Cross-curricular links: science, design technology

Learning Activities:

  • Collecting recipes that use left-over food
  • An erosion experiment
  • A solar challenge


The Right To Education

This lesson Malala Yousafzal’s fight for education in Pakistan will remind children of the value of their schooling. Suitable for upper KS2. Links: equality, schools

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, history

Learning Activities:

  • Ranking the Millennium Goals
  • Developing a campaign