We have been Awarded 'School of the Year' at the Cumbria Schools Environmental Awards.
This award recognises our school's commitment and achievements through our Global Learning Education Programme.
We are very proud of what we have achieved.
(The ceremony was delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic)
What is Global Learning & Why Do We Teach It?
At Silloth Primary School, we have worked hard to weave Global Learning through many aspects of our curriculum. Our children are aware of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and make links between these, their classwork & their lives. They learn about the connections we have with people around the world, observing the similarities and differences and celebrating the diversity the world has to offer. As we live in a geographically isolated, rural area, many of our children have little experience of the diversity of Britain and beyond. Our Global Learning Programme is instrumental in helping prepare our children for the diverse world in which they live and for the global workplace to which they will contribute in the future.
Children are taught that they can make a difference and make change in the world and are encouraged to 'THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL.'
. Some of the ways we do this are through:
- Encouraging our children to challenge points of view
- Asking 'Big Questions' to promote debating skills and the language of debate
- Learning about a variety of issues faced by communities, societies and individuals around the world
- Using Newsround and First News to encourage awareness of current affairs
- Promoting a variety of Global Learning projects throughout the year
It is our hope that by promoting the importance of Global Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals, our children will learn to be conscientious, global citizens & will develop:
Knowledge & Understanding of:
- Social justice & equity
- Identity & diversity
- Globalisation & interdependence
- Sustainable development
- Peace & conflict
- Human rights
- Power & governance
Skills, such as:
- Critical & creative thinking
- Self-awareness & reflection
- Co-operation & conflict resolution
- Ability to manage complexity & uncertainty
- Informed & reflective action
Values & Attitudes, such as:
- Sense of identity & self-esteem
- Commitment to social justice & equity
- Respect for people & human rights
- Value diversity
- Concern for the environment & commitment to sustainable development
- Commitment to participation & inclusion
- A belief that people can bring about change
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals). These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us to work together to build a better future for everyone.
Here Are Some of Our Global Learning Projects
Rev Bryan Delivered an Assembly on Global Recycling Day - He taught us how to look after our beautiful planet
Our Current Project...February 21st to 18th March 2022
We are supporting CFM Cash for Kids who are working with Textile Recycling International to encourage recycling, and are looking to recycle textiles and clothing that might end up in landfill.
Their aim is to not only help the environment, but also some of the poorest countries in the world by providing them with good quality clothing.
CFM Cash for Kids will also receive £400 per tonne collected & that money goes to support children in Cumbria.
We'll send more details after Half Term.
The COP26 Project - Learning About Making Small Changes to the Way We Live at Home
During COP26, the children were challenged to work towards their Green Blue Peter badges to show their commitment to helping the environment.
Here are our environment champions!
The Pollinators Project - Learning About the Importance of Bees & Butterflies
The Plastic Pollution Solution Project - Learning About the Environmental Dangers of Single Use Plastics
The Woodland Project - Learning About the Importance of Trees to the World
The Environmentally-Friendly School Project - Learning About the Little Things We Can Do at School to Help Our Planet