International Schools Learning
We are extremely proud that we have twice achieved the British Council's International Schools' Award, which recognises the very good work that we do in this area.
Through the inclusion of an international focus at St Mary’s School we offer our children a range of experiences that enhance their learning and raise awareness of their impact on others throughout the world.
Why we take part in International Schools learning
- It raises awareness of international interdependencies.
- It builds value and respect for different cultures and beliefs.
- It develops an understanding of human rights and social justice issues.
- It helps children gain an understanding of sustainable development of the world’s resources.
- It supports our children's development into responsible global citizens of the future.
The learning activities that children take part in
- Joining in a range of international learning projects, such as European Comenius and Erasmus Projects, which give them the opportunity to meet and build relationships with children from other countries.
- Developing their cultural awareness by welcoming international visitors at the school and occasionally by visiting other countries.
- Practising their French language skills by speaking with native French speakers.
- Writing to pupils in our link schools to develop their written skills.
- Participating in multicultural art, dance and music through our arts curriculum.
- Studying different ways of worship from faiths and cultures around the world.
- Developing their geographical knowledge and skills by studying the countries that we are partnered with, which brings the subject to life.
- Developing a love for learning by joining in special events such as International Week / Multicultural Arts Week.
- Building an understanding of the British Values by learning about the diversity of multicultural Britain through trips and links with other schools.
We are ready to welcome our Italian and Czech partners for the second phase of our Erasmus+ project. They will be arriving on 25th November for the week and will be job-shadowing our teachers to find out how we teach and learn maths in particular. Our Learning Forum are deciding on the questions they wish to ask them about schools in Italy and the Czech Republic and also to find out a little more about where they live.
Please see the letter for parents for more information.
Our children welcomed our visitors with performances of English poems and songs. Photos to follow.