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 World’s Kitchen
    Year One: Riverside Primary School, Bermondsey, London, UK
    Year Two: Ecole de Sottevast School, Normandy, France
    Year Three: Africa (The Gambia)/South Africa
    Year Four: Austria
    Year Five: Evangelische Grundschule Babelsberg, Germany
    Year Six: Lourdes Central School, Mangalore, India – working on a devised curriculum

    Global learning across the school

    Each year group is currently active in building opportunities within the curriculum to learn more about their partner countries, the culture, traditions and way of life through their maths, English, science, topic, geography, history, MFL and PSHE subjects.  Work is taught in a cross curricular approach and with examples saved into year group books to demonstrate the global learning that is happening across subjects.

    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 including Unity and Strength, Justice and Equality, and Sustainable Development.  

     

    March 2018 – Update from Mr Harts

    A group of Year 5 children have recently returned from a personally enriching experience exchange trip to Evangelische Grundschule Primary school in Babelsberg, Germany. The partnership with the school started 3 years ago and has grown from strength to strength each year. Both schools work very closely to plan learning activities based around each other’s termly topics. Children learn about each other’s country, culture, traditions and way of life through their maths, English, science, topic, geography, history, MFL and PSHE subjects. This year, the children started to write pen pal letters to make a connection with the children out there, this developed into Skyping opportunities for learning and developing those personal friendships and skills of communication.

    The children departed from school and arrived at Bristol airport where they checked themselves in and went through security. For five children it was the first time flying and they were brilliant in dealing with the whole process. We saw children dealing with important social expectations and overcoming barriers and fears with one another in support. The Captain of the plane made an announcement when we landed in Germany. He stated how the children were a credit to their school, how they were a very polite and well behaved group and that he wished them all the best on their journey. This was followed by spontaneous applause from the rest of the passengers. What an incredible moment for the children.

    We travelled by train to the youth hostel and settled in for the night. The next day, we arrived at the school and ALL the children (from both schools) were very nervous! They met each other and worked on group activities in class. During the exchange the children did a presentation/assembly all about life in North Devon and the UK. They had practiced their parts in English and German. It was an amazing experience to see them in Germany, in a German school, having to think about their pace of talking, volume and pitch to stand there and deliver their part! After each child spoke, a round of applause was given. These moments and experiences for young children are few and far between. The confidence and personal development is un-measurable and these children can all walk away with pride and a new found motivation. I know we were very proud teachers!

    Our visit included visiting the GFZ, which is a global research centre. The children learnt about how they build and send satellites into space to measure the changes around Earth. They had the third largest lensed telescope in the world and they showed it in action. This tied really well into the learning we had been doing in our space topic in the Spring term. We also visited the German Technology museum, which was fantastic. We looked at how technology had shaped the world and the boats, planes, submarines and much more were stunning to see. We had been looking at inventions and inventors and this really did put a perspective on how the world has been affected and changed over the years. The children also had sightseeing opportunities around Berlin, the Berlin wall, Sanssouci Park (a UNESO) site as well as shopping in Potsdam. This was a must, as I feel the children may have linched us if we didn’t take them shopping!

    Lots of time was spent with their German friends and we got to work together in classes on projects, spend time socialising and working through language barriers. The children (in pairs) went with a German friend to their homes for a meal. We had very nervous children to begin with and they returned with smiles and stories to tell! This became a real highlight for many children on the trip.

    The success of this trip in un-measurable in terms of data. However, the personal, social and academic development/change is clear for all to see. The nervous children meeting one another on the first day, to hugs and tears on the last day is where the true benefit of the partnership lies. We value every part of it and we work to ensure the children are the ones who come away with lifelong skills, knowledge and memories that they will never forget.

    We now look forward to their visit here on the 4th June, 2018 and then we can start working on next year!

    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

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