Year 5 Exchange Trip to Germany
One of our Key Curriculum Drivers is 'Being Part of a Global Community'. We feel passionately that it is important for our children to grow up knowing about the world in which they live and developing an understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens.
Each year group has a global partner country which they will learn about in depth and some have a partner school whom they will communicate with. Our curriculum provides us with the opportunities through each theme to examine a range of global issues relevant to their lives in the real world.
Year 4 Zoom Call to Austria
Our Global Heritage Project
As part of our 2021 Global Week, we conducted a survey with the school community to find out where in the world everyone comes from. The survey also created a fantastic opportunity for the children to conduct further research and explore their country of heritage such as:
finding out the main language(s) spoken and learning how to say something in that language
exploring (or even cooking) traditional foods
investigating customs and festivals
identifying the flag
exploring the geography of the country such as capital city, climate, mountains, rivers, national parks, etc
investigating the native wildlife
As a result of this project, we recorded a fantastic 35 different countries! These are England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, America, Romania, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Slovakia, Malta, Italy, Australia, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Latvia, India, Ukraine, Guernsey, Mauritius, Sweden, Portugal, Pakistan, Belgium, New Zealand, Moldova, Greece, Jamaica, Switzerland, Saint Lucia , Thailand, Serbia.
We have celebrated this project with a vibrant display of flags which represent everyone's heritage in the Bluecoat Hall.
Global learning across the school
Each year group is currently active in building opportunities within the curriculum to learn more about their partner countries, the culture, traditions and way of life through their maths, English, science, topic, geography, history, MFL and PSHE subjects. Work is taught in a cross curricular approach and with examples saved into year group books to demonstrate the global learning that is happening across subjects.
Through the British Council and the UK-German Connection, Year 5 has made a link with Evangelische Grundschule Babelsberg in Germany near Berlin. Both schools have been Skyping and the children are getting to know each other. They have written pen pal letters and they have begun to learn about Germany. There has been a curriculum established where children in both schools have begun working on joint partnership projects including Unity and Strength, Justice and Equality, and Sustainable Development.