Gillshill Primary School has worked hard over the last two years to develop and create an International presence within our curriculum. We work closely as part of The Global Network Partnership and have strong links with the primary school ‘God is Alive’ in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The International Curriculum is led by the ability to work on projects linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. Each of the seventeen thematic goals are designed to build together a global partnership, enabling our children to work internationally on goals that improve health and education, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.
In Key Stage 2, we have created an International Pupil Council (IPC). The council has the opportunity to meet termly with children from local primary schools. The children are given a voice to speak about how they have embedded projects within their school and their international partner school. We have worked collaboratively on many projects, and most recently the IPC children were given the opportunity to work with Hull University and St. Stephens on a research project into the use of everyday plastics in Hull.
As children progress through this international curriculum they develop their awareness of and are actively encouraged to celebrate other countries, cultures and languages which are different to our own. We have welcomed visitors from Sierra Leone who spent time working with children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Working with these teachers gave children the experience and understanding of what is happening in the world around them.