Global Learning

Global Learning

At Shelford we are aware of the increasing need for children to be prepared to take their place in a world community; to become ‘global citizens’. Such preparation is integrated naturally into the children’s broad and balanced curriculum, and is fundamentally about promoting and developing an understanding of and a respect for one’s self and other people.

Email from Kenya - 10th May 2019
We received an email from St. Paul's in Kenya. Attached to the email were a selection of photos of our pupils' work. We sent over items created during our International Day. The work was a response to their previous correspondence around typical and traditional housing, as well as the right for quality education for all. 
Letters Received - 8th May 2019
Our Y2 pupils received letters from their pen pals in Canada. The letters outlined what they like about their country and some basic details about them. They also included a gift of a pin for each pupil.
Letters Received 7th May 2019!
We received a pack of letters from St. Paul's in Kenya. Pupils responded to a variety of questions linked to the same theme we covered in our International Day in the autumn term. The letters were very poignant and outlined how much the pupils clearly value the opportunities education can provide them with. 
29/4/2019
Can you spot the Shelford uniforms in use in Zambia in the video below? 
 
Zambesi Sunrise Trust:
January 2019
We have received photos from Linda Community School in Livingstone, Zambia, where our spare uniform now enables pupils to attend school (as uniform is mandatory for pupils). We are very pleased to see Shelford uniform all the way over in Zambia!
Thank you to Miss McLoughlin who delivered a very inspiring assembly about her trip to Tanzania over the summer! She talked to us about the work she carried out as a volunteer teacher in a few schools during her time there and showed us a number of thought-provoking photographs. We saw that the schools were very different to our own; not very colourful or inviting. Miss McLoughlin said that some of the work the children did would have seemed incredibly boring to us. Despite all these challenges, we noticed that the children in all of the photographs were smiling! They feel so privileged to be able to go to school. Hearing about Miss McLoughlin's experience made us feel terribly fortunate to be living in the UK and receiving the education we do. I asked the children if they had been inspired by Miss McLoughlin's trip and the work we have done this year in our global learning - lots and lots of hands went up! Many children said they might like to make a trip just like Miss McLoughlin one day!
Mrs Unwin

International Day 2018

 

We enjoyed a fantastic day with an international focus last Friday. We thought about one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development: Quality Education for All.

 

The day began with an informative and interactive whole school assembly with the charity Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). We considered what it might be like not to go to school. At first, many of us gave suggestions of what ‘better’ things we would do with our time if we weren’t at school, but we were challenged to think about how this would even be possible without having been to school to learn! We also thought the absence of school in our lives would make it difficult to make friends and be successful in the future. How would we get jobs to be able to buy lovely things, let alone necessities like food, clothing and houses? We then heard about some of the children CAMFED work with and were surprised by some of the information we heard. Everyone left the assembly with a lot to think about and much to be thankful for.

 

CAMFED worked with all KS2 classes throughout the remainder of the day. The aims were:

  •          To learn about the children they work with
  •          To consider why school is important for fulfilling your ambitions and potential
  •          To see how different a child’s life can be with education

 

Reception and KS1 shared a powerful picture book, ‘The Way to School’, which showed the difficult journeys some children across the world have to make just to get to school. They were shocked to see that some had to cross rivers, use dangerous bridges and even climb mountains! This seemed so different to simply walking, riding their bikes/scooters or driving to school. They shared their favourite things about school and ideas included ‘making friends’ and ‘learning lots of new things’. They thought about what they would miss out on if they couldn’t go to school and concluded that they are very fortunate. Year 2 also had fun learning about Canada, where Miss Bachewich was born! They practised line dancing, compared the weather to the UK and investigated the Canadian flag.

 

During the day, we shared our most recent correspondence from our partner school, St Paul’s in Kenya. They sent us a beautiful, handmade flag and some collages of traditional houses. All classes admired the work and responded by making their own Union Jack flags and pictures of our homes. We very much look forward to sending these to Kenya in time for Christmas!

 

Our first Used Book Sale was a tremendous success! Thank you to those who supported the event, whether by donating books and cakes, buying books and cakes ... or both! The event was extremely well attended and we received lots of positive feedback from pupils and parents. We have also been able to stock our school library, classroom reading corners and Rainbow Pre-School with some of the unsold books.

 

We raised an incredible total of £344.93 which will be sent to CAMFED to thank them for their input towards our International Day. The CAMFED representatives were so impressed with our pupils and commented on how well-behaved and engaged they were. 

 

A very special thank you must go to Mrs Kellock and the School Councillors for setting up the book sale, and to the PTFA who kindly gave up their time to run the bake sale. Thank you to everyone for your support and contribution. Enjoy your 'new' used books and perhaps due to the success of this event we will look to hold another in the future.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019
 
 
Flashback! Can you remember the fantastic work we did learning about Fairtrade last term? Did you know that 25th February to 10th March 2019 is Fairtrade Fortnight? Look out for things going on in the local area. Is there anything you can do to support Fairtrade? Perhaps you might remind yourself to look for the Fairtrade mark when you next go shopping. Maybe you could do some Fairtrade baking. You might even have some fundraising ideas. If you do choose to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight, be sure to let Mrs Unwin know how and you might appear on the International display in school!
 
Fairtrade Day - 1st November 2017
 
Our International focus for this academic year is 'Food Around the World'. We thought a great way to start would be to think about where our favourite foods actually come from and with that we thought about Fairtrade.
 
The day started with a glimpse at the Fairtrade mark ...
 
Then Mr and Mrs Wilkinson from Shelford Delicatessen came in to run a fantastic Fairtrade assembly. They demonstrated the supply chain to show us how chocolate actually gets to us. At first, we were surprised to find out that not everyone in the supply chain was paid fairly. The farmer was very poorly paid and could not afford to feed, clothe and educate his family. Once Fairtrade had been established, this meant a better deal for farmers all around the world. Now we know that when we buy Fairtrade products, farmers have been paid fairly, even if these products cost us a little bit more.
 
All year groups went back to their classrooms to look at Fairtrade in greater detail.
 
Reception and KS1 met Pablo the Super Banana! He told us all about the meaning of Fairtrade. We played Spot the Difference games and we shopped for Fairtrade foods. Reception class even made their own banana tree! We thought about our favourite meals and recorded them to send to our partner school in Kenya. We look forward to hearing back from them about typical meals they eat. We wondered if there are farming families among them who benefit from Fairtrade.
 
KS2 did some exciting work about the banana industry and in particular the supply chains. We thought carefully about what happens to a banana before it reaches the consumer and discussed 'who gets what' from the sale of bananas. Working is small groups, we had to allocate each other roles: banana worker, plantation owner, shipper, importer, ripener and supermarket. We were told that a banana would cost 30p and had to decide how much of that 30p we should get for our job as part of the banana chain. This fun activity taught us about how we are connected with people all around the world through the things we buy and eat. 
 
Well done to all children for their enthusiasm and hard work during the day. A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Wilkinson for their amazing contribution to our Fairtrade Day! 
 
I've enjoyed learning about how farmers found it really hard to live before Fairtrade started. I've enjoyed learning how since Fairtrade has happened it has made farmers' lives much better.
Ella, Year 2
 
I liked it when we learned about Pablo the Super Banana and I liked the supply chain in assembly. I was the manufacturer and it was good when everyone got a fair amount. 
Oscar, Year 2
 
It was nice to see parents contributing to the day. I really enjoyed Mr and Mrs Wilkinson's assembly and now I take more care with my food after I saw how much work was put in. I now see that it's not always about me, but for the people who are not as fortunate as us. I think that spending 5p extra is worth it because, just think, that 5p could save lives!
Maisie, Year 5
 
I liked the 'Banana Split' activity where we had to debate our share of 30p. I was the banana worker and I thought I should get 10p but then I changed my mind to 9p. 
Samuel, Year 5
 
 
 

8/5/19 We recently received a pack of letters from St. Paul’s School who we correspond with in Kenya, and we took a moment to take notice and to recognise how lucky we all are. The pupils have answered several questions about the importance of education in their lives. Their responses are particularly poignant and clearly demonstrate how much they value their education. Many of the pupils also explain what their lives would be like if they weren’t able to attend school. It was evident that the pupils are aware of many dangers and difficulties facing their local community from a young age. In the accompanying letter from the Headteacher, he describes education as preventing his pupils from the ‘biting poverty’ in their area.

International School Award
 

We are delighted to announce that at the end of the Summer term 2018, Shelford School was awarded the Full Accreditation for the International School Award! We have been on our global learning journey over the course of the past three years and are delighted with this recognition for our school. Please see our Assessor's feedback below. Many thanks go to the wider school community for working with us in helping to establish such an enriching global learning curriculum for our children. 

 

Great and Little Shelford CofE (Aided) Primary School has provided sufficient evidence to be recommended for the British Council International School Award. With the full support of the Senior Leadership Team your Impact Evaluation has addressed the issues highlighted in the Action Plan feedback. Supplemented by an international curriculum event, the school provides a collaborative, creative curriculum with strong links with pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning. Teachers seek to improve good practice through attending in-house learning CPD and you have acknowledged the supportive impact of the ‘Think Global’ course. As a result, international themes are integrated across different subject areas, with parents recognising the value of your approach, to pupils’ overall development. Exposure to the meaningful opportunities and experiences you present enables pupils to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, through learning. They also have a voice regarding international activities. You emphasise the relevance and enjoyment aspect of the collaborative project with your Kenya partner school. The evaluation process has allowed you to conclude that they have nurtured a positive awareness of current issues and developed a better understanding of their connectivity to their international peers. The ‘normal day’ activities you describe encompass a variety of subject areas pupils can relate to on a personal level. You provide a concise description of how pupils’ involvement with Fair Trade enables them to make considered lifestyle choices and consider their role as citizens. This activity received excellent practical support from local businesses, leading to the school achieving well-deserved accreditation, for its work on giving pupils a greater depth of understanding and respect for other cultures. You recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of teachers who ensure that your pupils’ achievements are shared and celebrated with the wider school community. Great and Little Shelford CofE (Aided) Primary School has received a positive response to its international work from parents, visiting speakers, community groups and a range of other organisations. Such relationships and support allow you to confidently seek further actions in order to embed learning into the curriculum. This is evident in the attention given to introducing consistency, and implementing clear objectives, in order to consolidate the Modern Foreign Language link with your French partner school. It is commendable that you propose to ‘maximise learning opportunities’ for the school population through sharing good practice and strengthening links with other local schools.

- The International School Award team British Council

Kenya Day 2017
 
On Monday 26th June, we visited Shelford Airport once again. This time our destination was Kenya!
 
We were very lucky to be joined on the day by 'Hands Up! Education in Action' who delivered a fantastic, thought-provoking assembly about the challenges some children in Kenya face in their everyday lives. They also presented us with the exciting opportunity to fund raise to help our international partner school, St Paul's Primary, hold their very own Sports Day later this year - something that does not happen often, let alone annually like at Shelford!
 
Hands Up! also held two fun and educational workshops during the day: one for Reception and KS1 and the other for KS2. Both were very well received by the children, some of whom talk about their experiences in the comments below.
 
We enjoyed learning a number of traditional Kenyan playground games by watching videos sent to us by our friends at St Paul's. It was great fun playing them outside in the sunshine. Please see some videos below.
 
Thank you to a number of parents who came into school to support us on the day, especially Mrs Lewis for being our amazing air hostess again this year, and to Mr Harrison for coming to talk to Year 3 with Noah about their recent family holiday to Kenya. We are also grateful to have received a range of supporting materials, e.g. photographs, artefacts etc. which are all very valuable to the children's learning. Last, but not least, thank you to everyone for your kind donations to Hands Up! and for any purchases of merchandise after school. 
First we collected our passports and went to the airport. Mrs Unwin and Hands Up! spoke to us about St Paul's Primary School and their work. Next we got checked in and Mrs Lewis and our teaching assistants were the air hostesses! Then we flew to Kenya. We did an atlas challenge and labelled a map of Kenya. How many rivers and mountains can you think of in Kenya? Did you know Kenya lies on the equator? Later on, we had a workshop with Hands Up! to learn about sanitation. It was really fun drawing a village on the playground and thinking where poop stations should be! My favourite part of our day was learning Kenyan games because it was awesome. I really like the games 'Kati' and 'Marobo', and I hope we play them in Buzz Time again soon. Tom, Year 4
 
I really enjoyed learning about a different lifestyle to ours. There are so many differences. Rafa, Year 4
 
We drew a Kenyan village to see how it was different to our village. Their houses have tine roofs and walls made from mud and hay. I enjoyed Noah's Dad talking about their visit to Kenya. Abigail, Year 3
 
I like the workshop and experiencing the differences between what I have and what they have. For example, toilets - I am pleased that I don't have to go in a river! Anni, Year 3
International Week 2016

Our International Week at Shelford School was a great success! Thank you to everyone involved in planning, preparing and delivering the activities last week. We were very lucky to have a number of family and friends volunteer to help in school as well as organisations that came in to enrich our learning.

The week began with our fabulous team of Teaching Assistants acting as air-hostesses at our airport which really helped to ignite the children’s enthusiasm for the week ahead. The children thoroughly enjoyed their airport experience and were excited to be ‘visiting’ different countries to explore other traditions and cultures.

Throughout the week the children learned lots of new things and levels of excitement and enthusiasm were maintained with a number of creative activities including baking, dancing and singing. We had visits from charities ActionAid and Hands Up Education in Action to tell us about the work they do in developing countries. Each class participated in a tailored workshop, some with ActionAid and others with Lorraine Theobald, a multicultural dance specialist. They said our children were “delightful, enthusiastic and extremely well behaved.”

To conclude the week’s events, all pupils rotated around the classrooms to get a taste of what had been going on across the school. Sandwiched in between this carousel was my highlight of the week: a magnificent performance on Friday morning where each class dressed up for the occasion and showcased something they had learned. We had such fun performing and watching the range of dances and songs – it truly was a lovely way to celebrate such a successful week!

Thank you again for helping with the sponsored homework challenge and for the preparation of dressing up outfits. We raised a substantial amount from our fundraising which has been shared between a number of nominated charities. Classes chose ActionAid, Hands Up Education in Action and WaterAid to receive these funds.

 

My favourite part was when we flew to India on the flight because we had cabin crew serving drinks and when we were checked in at the airport with our passports. When we got to India, Saisha’s mum came in and talked about India and we learned a dance called mango dancing. On Friday our whole class dressed in Indian clothing. I wore a top which I made. In assembly we did a dance and watched all the other year groups. Henry, Y2

On Monday, Year 2 flew from Shelford airport (in the school hall) to India. Then we coloured in the Indian flag, learned some facts and Saisha’s mum talked to us about India. On Tuesday we acted out the story of Diwali with Mrs Kellock. The next day we wrote the story of Diwali next to little pictures. On Thursday we practised some Bollywood dancing- it was tiring! On Firday we dressed up in saris and turbans, ate popadums and showed our Bollywood dancing to the whole school. Emma, Y2

On Monday we kicked off International Week with an airport and we were travelling to Brazil. On Tuesday we learned about the weather in Brazil and wrote reports. On Wednesday we had a great workshop and made some accessories for our Samba dance. On Thursday there was a fun Hands Up assembly. It was probably my favourite day on Friday as we got to see lots of other work which other classes had been doing and we had a big performance in the hall. We did our Samba carnival dance – it was great fun! Guy, Y4

Last week we had international week. On Monday we went to the airport (our hall!). We pretended that we were going to Brazil. We learned about the geography  of the country and its weather. Later in the week we made delicious Brigadeiros chocolates and we had an exciting workshop. On Friday we performed our carnival dance to the rest of the school and they also performed to us. Lucy, Y4

On the first week back of term Shelford school turned into an airport! Christopher’s mum came in as she is an air hostess. The classes all flew to different countries. I will be talking about Brazil as that was Year 4’s destination. Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is where the Equator is so the weather is warm year round. The capital city is Brasilia, but lots of people think it’s Rio. The biggest city is Sao Paolo. Brazil is the perfect place for a holiday! There’s football to be watched, adventures to be had and wild creatures to be seen in the Amazon Rainforest. Oliver, Y4