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Year 6

A divided world – distribution of world resources. (July 2016)

What we did:

The class were put into 5 different groups which represented the continents - these were:

Asia (excluding Japan).

Europe and CIS (Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States).


Latin America and the Caribbean

North America (including Japan and Australia).

We then “shared” the resources of the world between all the continents. There were 20 tokens in total for: Food, Money, Education and Healthcare.  We realised that the resources were not fairly distributed among the groups/continents. For example; Asia was the most populated continent although it had only three food tokens to share between 15 people. This is how we knew that the world’s resources were not being fairly shared out. We also learnt that we can do something about it even if we are young- we are all global citizens. 

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The UNCRC Articles that we discussed that are relevant to this lesson are:

Article 6: Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that the children survive and develop to their full potential.

Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Article 27: Every child has a right to the standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Governments must help families who cannot afford to provide this.

Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.