At Knightlow, International work is embedded into our everyday curriculum. We have worked hard to ensure our pupils are aware of global issues and have planned learning experiences to develop awareness of difference and diversity. Through projects such as stories4schools we are able to work collaboratively as a school, as well as with some of our partner schools to further enrich our understanding of different countries, cultures and traditions. We are proud to have been awarded the International Award and are working towards reaccreditation through some of the projects below.
Stories4schools is a project we have been working on for a number of years and is incorporated into our long term planning each year. The whole school are involved in collaboratively planning and designing stories that get published and shared with our partner schools. Some of our partner schools get involved too, creating their own stories. This project has been described as a 'flagship for international work' and the theme of the book usually involves learning about different countries, cultures and stories from around the world. Our latest stories4schools work was on European Folktales, taking a 'Journey Through Europe.' Each class learnt about a different European country and this inspired their stories and illustrations. This year marks our 10th year being involved and we have exciting plans for our next book!
Most of our partner schools have received gifts of books from Knightlow, Mbame School in Malawi and Broadway School in Uganda have also created their own stories and worked in partnership with us on the project even having their own book launch event.
Mbame School in Blantrye Malawi reading the stories4schools book that they wrote and Knightlow sponsored
Pupils from Broadway School in Uganda after receiving our stories4schools books
Stories4schools, our story so far.
Click on the link to hear one of our stories being read on BBC Radio
For more information on stories4schools click on the link : http://thinky.xyz/stories4schools/
Our most recent stories4schools project involved every class focusing on a European country and learning about the culture, language and Traditional Tales and Folktales and using them to inspire their own stories and illustrations.
Under African Skies
The whole school were involved in this project. Every class developed their understanding of Africa by learning about our partner schools in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Children recorded how this project impacted their understanding by reflecting in class SMSC books. the whole school learnt songs in Zulu and Swahili to perform to visitors at our Macmillan Coffee Morning. Children were immersed in learning about Africa through geography, drama, music, history and art. Reception and Year 5 had a Malawi/Zambia Experience Day. Grandma Delia (Sebastian's Grandma from Zambia) cooked us a traditional meal (including caterpillars) and taught us some Zambian phrases, songs and dances. Reception Class also shared their learning at our Welcome Service assembly for parents and the whole school. The term ended with a dramatic retelling of 'The Fire Children' (An African Creation Story) each class had a literacy challenge linked to the story.
Christmas Around the World
Children from Reception and KS1 learnt about how different children around the world celebrate Christmas, learning about different traditions as well as learning some different phrases in different languages and learning about culture, traditional dress and customs. We used and adapted 'Children of the World' to help us do this. We performed this nativity to our Knightlow Family.
Digital Fairy Tales Project
Our Year 5 and Reception Class have been involved with a project called 'Digital Fairy Tales.' We worked in partnership with 2 French schools to develop our French language skills. Pupils created their own versions of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Sleeping Beauty' and translated them into French with the help of Mrs Ponchaux. We created a Powerpoint to share them.
Beautiful World Project
We joined a project run by our partner school in Spain CEIP Conde de Campillos. Their project was called 'Zero Waste', we met through the E-Twinning programme. This has been an amazing project that will continue to develop. Our pupils have really been inspired by this project. We now have class Eco-Ambassadors, pupils have organised litter picks, have created posters and labels to ensure everyone is using the correct bins so that we can recycle as much as possible. Eco-Ambassadors are also consulting their classes to come up with different ways to help our planet.
Reception Class Eco-Ambassadors ensured that the lights and appliances were switched off, taps turned off, fruit compost after snack was put in the compost bin and checked that everyone put rubbish in the correct bin.
Our partner school in Malawi learnt about deforestation and the importance of trees to our planet. They planted their own trees too.
We had a visit from the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust as part of their 'Wilder Communities ' project, we were given advice on developing our grounds by planted a wild flower garden and planted, planted extra trees and possibly working on our pond Area at Forest School to ensure The Great Crested Newt continues to thrive in our grounds.
One of our pupils even had his work on climate change published!
International Day of Peace