Projects Tocuaro A Global Dimension

A Global Dimension


"Gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to become informed, active, responsible global students"

The resources available for KS1 and KS2 have citizenship as a key concept throughout. However, lesson 5 in the KS1 teacher's handbook 'The Quality of the Environment', and photo boards 5 and 8 address citizenship through discussing environmental issues, such as the impact of earthquakes, and pollution. For KS2, the booklet sections 4, 5 and 6 have particular focus on citizenship as they explore issues of global significance such as changing landscapes, links with the wider world, and the future of Tocuaro. In addition, the Monarch Butterfly worksheet, in the CD-rom and activity pack, addresses citizenship.

Sustainable Development

"Understanding the need to maintain and improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for future generations"

Sustainable Development is a key theme throughout the Tocuaro resources. However some sections have a particular focus on sustainable development. For KS1, photo-card 8 explores washing and pollution, and lesson 5 in the teachers booklet explores the quality of the environment. For KS2, the booklet sections 4, 5 and 6 are focused on sustainable development through activities connected to changing landscapes and pollution, thinking about the wildlife in the state of Michoacan, and the development and future of Tocuaro and the surrounding area.

Social Justice

"Understanding the importance of social justice as an element in both sustainable development and the improved welfare of all people"

'Social Justice' can be incorporated into the resources available through a development of the issues raised in the resources.

Values and Perceptions

"Developing a critical evaluation of images of the developing world and an appreciation of the effect these have on people's attitudes and values"

'Values and perceptions' are central themes in all of the resources available on Tocuaro. All aspects of the KS1 and KS2 resources challenge and develop values and perceptions that pupils may have of the developing world through the detailed study of one family and village. The pupils are asked to explore the materials through analysis and activities, which enable them to develop their own values and perceptions of Tocuaro and the Horta family. Through this, questions such as 'would you like to live here?' and 'why?' are raised. All of the KS1 and KS2 resources address values and perceptions.


"Understanding and respecting differences and relating these to our common humanity"

There is potential for exploring 'diversity' in the Tocuaro resources. Through the in-depth study of a contrasting locality overseas, the resources draw the pupils' attention to the similarities and differences of life in Tocuaro to their own community.


"Understanding how people, places and environments are all inextricably interrelated and that events have repercussions on a global scale"

'Interdependence' is key to the locality study of Tocuaro. It is discussed on a local and global scale throughout. However, particular focus is found in KS1 photo boards 5 and 8, which explore interdependence through activities on shopping and food, and through environmental issues. For KS2, interdependence is explored in the booklet sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, through environment, trade, and different needs of people. Pupils become aware that interdependence occurs on many levels through the activities that are set.

Conflict Resolution

"Understanding how conflicts are a barrier to development and why there is a need for resolution and the promotion of harmony"

'Conflict resolution' is covered by many of the resources available for Tocuaro. Particular focus is available in KS1 photo-card 8, and KS2 booklet sections 4, 5 and 6, where conflict resolution concentrates on environmental matters and the conflicting interests that surround them. Through the activities set, pupils become aware of the problems that may cause conflict, and the possible ways that such conflicts can be resolved.

Human Rights

"Knowing about human rights and understanding their breadth and universality"

'Human Rights' can be incorporated into the resources available through a development of the issues raised.