English and Geography for Global Citizenship Education

Upper Primary – Years 5 & 6

Blue groper photo by Richard Ling CC BY-SA 2.0

Global footprints

A unit of work for Year 6 to explore concepts around living sustainably, using The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley, by Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat, a video ‘Ida’s story’, and Blueback: A fable for all ages, by Tim Winton. View resource

Refugees and migration:
Global people

A unit of work for Year 6 to explore the human dimension of migration with the picture story book Ziba Came on a Boat, by Liz Lofthouse and Robert Ingpen, and the true story of Najeeba, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. View resource



 PNG kids from World Vision: Get Connected, Issue 3 — our Pacific Neighbours

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific:
Neighbours PNG

A unit of work for Year 5 that begins with the concept of neighbourliness to extends the focus to our Pacific Island neighbour, Papua New Guinea —its place in relation to Australia, major languages and the culture of traditional storytelling.  View resource



Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu performing at St George’s Church, Brighton, May 2009. Photo by Greg Neate, CC BY 2.0

Indigenous peoples:
People, place, language and song

A unit of work for Year 5 with texts that include music video clips and illustrated books through which concepts of place, language and song are explored as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures. View resource



Students at Manleuana Primary School, Dili, Timor-Leste

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific:
A diverse and connected world

A unit of work for Year 6 that takes a global view of geography and ways that language is used to inform and persuade people about global issues, with as a focus on interconnections between East Timor and Australia. View resource