OUR CURRICULUM

Our curriculum has 4 key drivers:

* Building Learning Power
* Creativity & Innovation
* Enterprise, Sustainability & The Real World
* Being Part of a Global Community

Further information can be found by following the photo links on the curriculum page.

 
The curriculum is categorised and led by the following curriculum teams:

  • STEM Subjects
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages & Humanities
  • Physical, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
  • Further information can be found by clicking on each category.

  • National Curriculum Guidance
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    For any other information relating to our curriculum, please contact Ian Thomas, Deputy Headteacher.

    Being Part of a Global Community

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    We feel passionately that it is important for our children to grow up knowing about the world in which they live and developing an understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens. Therefore each year group also has a global partner country which they will learn about in depth and a partner school which they will communicate with. Our curriculum provides us with the opportunities through each theme to examine a range of global issues relevant to their lives in the real world.

    Our Partner Countries/Schools

    Reception: The Worlds Kitchen
    Year One: Meysore in Cornwall as well as Bristol
    Year Two: South Africa
    Year Three: United States of America
    Year Four: Austria
    Year Five: France/Germany Das Schulteam
    Year Six: Lourdes Central School, Mangalore, India

    Through the British Council and the UK-German Connection, Year 5 has made a link with Evangelische Grundschule Babelsberg in Germany near Berlin.  Both schools have been skyping and the children are getting to know each other.  They have written pen pal letters and they have begun to learn about Germany.  There has been a curriculum established where children in both schools have begun working on joint partnership projects.  During Autumn they studied Unity and Strength.  In Spring it is Social Justice and Equality and Sustainable Development in the Summer term.  An exchange has been arranged where 21 children from Great Torrington Cof E Primary School will be visiting Evangelische Grundschule Babelsberg in Spring and in the summer term they will be visiting us.  During the exchange they will be working on the curriculum areas as well as immersing themselves within a different culture.  We have applied for funding to help ensure there are opportunities for all the children in the chosen year groups to benefit from the cultural opportunities that Germany and UK have to offer.

    The children in Year 6 have begun the second year of project work with Lourdes Central School in Mangalore, India.  The children are very excited and they have written pen pal letters and shared skype calls to get to know each other.  The staff and Children at Lourdes central school supported the RE teaching at our school by talking to them about the importance of Diwali and showing them a traditional dance in full dress.  We are Skyped them to discuss how we celebrate Christmas and the importance it has to us as a school community.

    Next term we will hopefully find out if funding will be available to help with teacher exchange and continued professional development.

    With all the work and experiences the school has done in promoting global learning we have applied for the International Schools Award.  All applications have been filled in and we are keeping our fingers crossed on the outcome!  In the meantime the children are still experiencing a broad and rich curriculum in their year groups

    Global learning across the school!

    Each year group is currently active in building opportunities within the curriculum to learn more about their partner countries.  Work will be taught in a cross curricular approach and examples of work are going to be saved into year group books to demonstrate the global learning that is happening across subjects.

    Connecting Classrooms Project

    Bluecoat C of E Primary School is developing international links with India as part of a major new school twinning project to boost global education.  Connecting Classrooms is a UK Government and British Council education initiative. We have been selected in recognition of our commitment to teaching students about global issues. ‘Being Part of a Global Community’ is one of the four key drivers in our vibrant new curriculum.

    Teachers and pupils are working with Lourdes Central School in Mangalore, India to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy.  Ian Thomas, Deputy Head at Bluecoat said “Through Connecting Classrooms we hope to bring challenging global issues to life and establish meaningful cross-cultural relationships with the pupils and staff at Lourdes Central School.”

    Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said “I am very pleased that Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world. Young people and teachers can make a fantastic contribution by sharing the best of Britain with their peers around the world and at the same time, the great thing is that they can get invaluable knowledge of what life is like in other countries. Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn about the world around them, about the facts of poverty that face children their own age in developing countries, and how education can help eradicate poverty. It will also benefit teachers by enhancing their professional skills.”

    The programme has enabled Mr Thomas and Global Schools Co-ordinator Mathew Harts to take part in an exchange visit which involved teaching in India and working on classroom-based projects, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience.  Mr Harts commented: “Travelling to India and working at Lourdes Central School was a life changing experience for me. It has been very exciting observing our children and sharing ideas with staff on the planned joint curriculum projects with their peers in India. In an ever changing world it has really highlighted the importance of our children growing up having a firm understanding about the world in which they live.”

    Henry Mascharenas the GSP Coordinator at Lourdes Central School stated that “I am very excited about the prospect of our pupils and staff working alongside each other exchanging ideas about the curriculum based projects. I am looking forward to visiting Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School next year to see how the work is progressing.”

    Mr Thomas’ & Mr Harts’ Visit to Mangalore

    Henry & Lavina’s Reciprocal Visit to the UK

    Global-related News