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Overview of Global Learning at St. Giles


What is Global Learning at St Giles?

 For our pupils Global learning means developing an awareness of the world in which we live, understanding the differences between cultures and religions and beginning to realise that not everybody is the same. Global learning means beginning to understand the impact we have on the world, this includes at its most basic, realising my actions have an impact on my peers in the classroom. Global learning at St Giles means developing an understanding of the community in which we live and how to be responsible citizens, including appropriate behaviour when out and about. It means beginning to form my own sense of identity; initially through knowing my own name and recognising my own face before beginning to develop an understanding of my individual likes, dislikes, beliefs and values. It means finding out about different physical and economic landscapes and exploring the differences between where we live and the world beyond this: understanding the landscape and climate as well as exploring homes, income methods and hobbies of those who live elsewhere in the world. It means understanding I can use digital technology safely and responsibly to find out about the world and become connected to it. Global learning means beginning to develop an understanding of global issues such as water shortages, ocean pollution and food shortages.

How do we deliver this?

 At St Giles global learning is integral to the thematic curriculum we follow. The principles of Global Learning are embedded throughout the topics covered within our 4 year creative curriculum cycle.  We explore and celebrate the differences between ourselves and other citizens of our local community and the world beyond which we live through themed curriculum days and religious festivals e.g. Diwali & Easter. Themed curriculum days and enrichment weeks cover many topics including; world food, foreign languages, sciences and specific continents e.g. Africa. We develop an understanding of those less fortunate than ourselves through supporting national charity days such Children in Need and Comic Relief. We embed moral learning and developing values through our everyday teaching including snack times, play times, school council, pupil voice, making choices and stating preferences.

In 2017 we undertook our first international visit, 3 members of staff and a pupil travelled to Kenya to support schools to improve education for young people. Across school children learnt about the differences between Derby and Africa including animals, physical features, food, clothing, dance and music. Following the trip, pupils in school learnt about the differences in the education of children in Africa and the things which can be done to improve this situation.

Kenya Project 2018


During May half term holiday 3 staff and two pupils travelled to Kenya to be volunteers. Their mission was to help children and their families who live in severe poverty. The exact location of travel was Nakuru, which is one of the poorest regions in Kenya. They were providing support and professional development to the families and teachers of Ungana Academy in Kaptembwa

Beth Rogers (Lead Teacher for Global Learning), Laura Taylor (Deputy Headteacher) and Karen Clegg (Assistant Headteacher) were be accompanied by Daniel (9) and Declan (11) who were chosen after winning the most votes at a pupil council meeting. 

During the visit they:

*Assisted with teaching and help to develop teaching styles and curriculum for children at Ungana Academy
*Built a new classrooms in the school
*Took gifts (gathered through donations) to offer to the Kenyan children and their families e.g clothes, shoes, exercise books and toys