21. Equal play for London’s children

By Martin Crabbe | March 25 2019

21. Equal play for London’s children

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education and Jobs & Skills

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    #Love London. Love the World  

    Climate Action 21: Equal Play for London’s Children (Global Goal 5 Gender Equality)

    Target audience: Younger children (5-9 years old) and their families

    1. Equal play for London’s children

    Evidence suggests that gender stereotypes start early and can narrow children’s aspirations. For example, STEM toys are three times more likely to be advertised to boys than to girls, and girls are 12 times more often shown playing with baby dolls than boys. Children are quick to pick up ideas about ‘boys’ toys’ and ‘girls’ toys’ but this can limit them. This trail has been designed to enable families to engage with the topic of Equal Play using the amazing collections at the V&A Museum of Childhood. We hope it will help open up new opportunities for children.

    This unit is targeted at families as part of the London Curriculum’s ‘Family Explorer Trails’. It could easily be adapted to suit schools.

    With special thanks to the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.

    Click here to see the resource Equal Play.

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.

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