Fleckney C of E Primary School

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Global Learning at Fleckney

Global learning can be described as an approach to learning about international development through recognising the importance of linking people’s lives throughout the world. As a school community, we aim to provide for our children and equip them with the essential values, skills and understanding necessary for our modern day world.
Global learning is not a discrete subject area; it is a learning process prevalent in many areas of the curriculum and one in which helps determine our school ethos. Global learning plays a key role in the Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social (SMSC) core of the school.
Fleckney Primary school recognises the need to engage pupils in activities and approaches which will achieve the following outcomes:
  • pupils acquire knowledge enabling them to understand the causes and effects of global poverty and uneven development – including globalisation, social, economic and political processes – recent progress and challenges, and to consider what possible solutions exist.
  • pupils develop skills through engaging with this knowledge to explore issues critically and to examine the actions individuals and communities can take to overcome these issues
  • pupils explore their own values, considering issues such as fairness, responsibility and tolerance.

Our focus 

The core areas of global learning (values, skills and knowledge) are consistently addressed by all members of staff. Our current foci are as follows:

Values – TThese form the ‘heart’ of the school. Christian and British Values provide the backbone to our school and curriculum (see separate information on School Values). Since 2018, Fleckney C of E Primary has been responsible for organising and leading a series of CPD training courses in Values Education for partner schools.

Skills – One focus for the school has been on improving pupils’ critical thinking skills. All teaching staff have been trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and developing a critical thinking approach in subject areas. In 2019, teaching staff trained and received the P4C Level 1 accreditation (from Sapere). Fleckney is also a P4C Bronze accredited school.

Knowledge – Knowledge and understanding is developed through curriculum planning and delivery, assemblies and responding to events happening in the world. Pupils are encouraged to think critically about these ‘issues’, recognising that many are ‘bigger than self’ issues. Pupils have had the opportunity to partake in global debates with children from other schools (held at County Hall). Children are also involved in national campaigns (ie. Send my friend to school) and Fleckney has lead Geography transition Projects with local primaries and the feeder secondary school (project focus - the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development). Starting in September 2021, Fleckney Primary will be involved in a British Council Connecting Classroom project with a school in Lebanon – centred around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Fleckney Primary School continuously develops its global learning and works very closely with GLP partner schools on this global learning journey.

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