Nord Anglia Education’s Global Classroom is a distinctive blended learning programme, connecting students from around the world, across a range of online, in-school and face-to-face activities. Students can work independently and together, to develop their passions, nurture their curiosity and challenge their personal best, through carefully tailored opportunities for each stage of their learning. A key feature of this programme is that blended learning is supportive; time online is scaffolded and supplemented with crucial face-to-face engagement and feedback.
Global Classroom is also a very high quality resource, as one of the founding principles of the Global Classroom is to use experts within their fields, to write content, engage with our students and provide feedback. We have access to a range of academics from elite universities, alongside professionals, from Wall Street journalists, to lawyers, psychologists and animators. This year, there are online courses on the Moon Landings, exploring the politics of space travel, Forensic Psychology and Journalism. Our students are therefore not limited to what is physically available in the school alone, but can experience a range of opportunities within the Global Classroom, to help them perform highly. Students have the chance to extend their learning, develop independent learning skills and be challenged in their thinking.
On our return from the long weekend break, our Global Classroom Student Leaders will be presenting to classes and promoting what Global Classroom has to offer in the year ahead. They will also be distributing special Global Classroom Passports to all students in Years 4-6. These are stamp collection books that recognise and celebrate each student’s Global Classroom achievements online and within the school community. These will travel back and forward to school and home in your child’s Homework Folders and each time a student demonstrates quality engagement with Global Classroom, they will get issued with a stamp in their passport. This is a great way to both enthuse the children to engage but also to capture and recognise all the great learning that they are doing within Global Classroom.
So how can you, as parents, help? Ask your child about the Global Classroom. Encourage them to have a go (and pick up their tablet/laptop)! Try a Maths puzzle together, read the latest discussion on Global Matters, help develop skills in writing, get them to join the Book Club or try their hand at one of our science activities.
Perhaps they might meet someone else from a different country, trying for the first time too. Parents and children can log onto Global Classroom via Moodle using your child’s log in details, and now there is a special area just for parents too. In the ‘Parents’ area you can find out more about Global Classroom, see what is popular with the students and what is trending and there is also an area to celebrate children’s success. Have a look and get involved.
- Niki Meehan, Head of Primary