We want our students to be respectful of other cultures and beliefs, be aware of and celebrate both similarity and diversity. It is important for our students to have opportunities to learn to collaborate across what might be perceived as barriers as it is very likely that in the future, they will work with people from all over the world.
Creating a range of learning opportunities and experiences is down to the imagination and commitment of an amazing teaching team here at TBS. Their knowledge and skill, observable on daily basis, is building strong foundations for our students to become ‘globally minded’ citizens of the future.
We aim to develop a keen desire in our students to help shape the local and global communities through actions that impact positively on society and enact meaningful change. For example, by participating in Model United Nations our students in Secondary School research, debate and try to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. As part of Nord Anglia Global Campus Challenge, the children will research and write biographies about climate activists. Secondary School students in Year 10 &-- 11 can choose to study "Global Perspectives" as an exam subject for IGCSE.
Through IPC lessons in Primary School our students gain an understanding of multiple perspectives, including comparisons with other locations and an increasing global awareness. Children reflect on the culture and customs of their home and heritage countries. In addition, each class has chosen their ‘adopted country’ which will be referred to in IPC lessons throughout the school year.
One of the opportunities for our students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of Global Mindedness is celebrating International Week which took place this week.
In Year 6, the children created an online fact quiz for their parents to complete using their own research conducted in class. They also discussed the impact of plastic waste on their adopted country and how it affects every country.
In Year 5, the children researched the main sources of energy in their host, home, heritage and adopted countries and then held an energy summit discussing how they could improve their country's use of renewable energy sources by forming an alliance with another country who has excellent renewable energy sources and reduce their pollution levels.
Year 4 classes compared different cultural aspects of our International Week "adopted countries" to celebrate the things we all have in common and to respect what makes us unique. The children conducted interviews and used their class teachers as experts to ask them questions about researched countries. One class interviewed a student from Japan and recreated the Great Wave masterpiece.
3 Butterflies studied Georgia and really enjoyed making clay models of their initials in the Georgian alphabet. 3 Caterpillars immersed themselves in all things Vietnamese, from designing traditional clothes, creating clay dragons and even welcoming their expert visitor Mr. Halpin who shared his experiences working with rangers and trackers in the National Parks of Vietnam. The children loved seeing all the different animals and exciting tales of the jungle! 3 Ladybirds learnt about the fascinating country of Malaysia and made wonderful batik art while 3 Dragonflies welcomed experts from Colombia to learn about this vibrant South American nation.
In Year 2 we explored the customs and architecture of our adopted countries -France, South Korea, Nepal & USA. Year 1 have looked at Egypt and studied hieroglyphics. Reception class have made flags and learnt how to say hello in different languages. Finally, Nursery children have had family members join the class virtually to read stories and share information about their home country.
This week our school parents contributed by sharing the culinary delights of their native country. Food is one of the easiest ways to form bonds and break down barriers and it certainly looked that way as the children enjoyed tasting international food, smiling and laughing. In a simple way, sharing something universal such as a love of food is a reminder that we are more similar than we are different. Difference often makes people uncomfortable and I believe we all have an important role to play in helping our children respect people who may look, feel and think differently to themselves. As a large and diverse school community, I hope we are always happy and ready to welcome others.
Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 2 Learning Leader