We are a Global Learning Expert Centre!
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) is a programme of support that is helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools across the UK to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues.
As a GLP Expert Centre, our aim is to share our passion and expertise in global learning and whole-school development with other schools in our region. As well as exemplifying global learning in our own school, our main role as an Expert Centre is to build a local network of like-minded schools (currently 24!), and work with other teachers and school leaders to drive global learning across the curriculum, share best practice and host a series of network teacher training sessions.
For children and teachers at St Barnabas, our role as an Expert Centre means that we are enjoying an even richer variety of globally minded activities, events and learning experiences than ever before. Our Year 1 children recently for example learnt all about Funky Festivals including camel festivals in Rajasthan and the Cayman Islands Pirate Festival. Children in Year 3/4 re-wrote the famous speech from Martin Luther King to describe their own dreams for peace around the world while children in Year 5/6 have been taking part in the Heartstone Odyssey Project which follows out a fantasy story of Chandra, a female heroine who documents her quest to overcome intolerance, prejudice and racism in collaboration with her allies…the mice!
During our whole school Diversity Week in 2015-16, children learned about similarities and differences between cultures in our school, country and world through a range of workshops led by teachers and teaching assistants. We are fortunate to have children at St Barnabas who speak other languages and they helped us all to learn some of these languages.
Our recent whole school focus week (2016-17 Safe from Harm Week), has included a focus on refugees. Children learned about the choices and challenges facing people making difficult journeys in search of a safe place. Shakespeare Class requested that the money raised from our non-uniform day and cake sale was given to a charity that helps refugees.