International Mindedness is being aware and having an understanding of everyone’s cultures and views whilst connecting with all members of the global community.
Here at Allhallows and Stoke Primary Academies we try to have a deep understanding of the world around us as well as our local communities. We celebrate the different cultures and backgrounds of the children/families within our school community and encourage them to share these across the Leigh Academies Trust.
Throughout the year we participate and learn about different festivals and celebrations from a range of different countries to help our children immerse themselves within other cultures. As our inquiries are child led this allows pupil agency, which often intertwines with current events, personal holidays and/or family heritage, within the global community.
To further support the children’s understanding we include key events from different cultures into our weekly assemblies. In KS2, children also have the opportunity to look at updates in the news and discuss them as a class using programmes such as Newsround to support. We have recently purchased world maps for each classroom and plan to refer to the location of where the children and staff were born, have visited and places we learn about as part of our inquiries. We would welcome any pictures of different countries that people within our community have visited to display so as to help the children visualise what these locations are like. Once COVID restrictions have eased, we are also hoping to invite parents and members of the community in to share their knowledge about different countries and cultures.
We currently learn French as our modern language as we have recently made some connection with a primary school in Paris, who we look forward to doing some work with from September 2021. This amazing opportunity will allow our children an in-depth knowledge of how a primary school and their lifestyle in different countries are similar but also different to ours.