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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

'The doorway to learning for the whole community.'

Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?


“Valuing others- valuing ourselves”


We live in an increasingly global society where communities are becoming more and more dependent upon working together. Children need to have opportunities to understand what it means to be a global citizen and develop attitudes where stereotyping, racism and bigotry do not exist. International education provides the basis for spiritual, moral and social development and provides a real life focus for many other curriculum activities.


At Yealmpstone Farm we recognize that we are all members of a world community and that we all have responsibilities to each other. Today we face issues that can only be addressed internationally: sustainable development, climate change, the changing world economy, security, and the widening gap across the world between those that have and those that do not. We aim to equip our pupils to play their full part in shaping the response to these issues. We are keen to develop many curriculum linkages that have the potential to promote an understanding of global citizenship.


Implementation - How will we achieve it?


Opportunities to develop global citizenship at Yealmpstone Farm


1. Each year we hold a multi cultural week where all pupils share and celebrate their work during the European Day of Languages. During this week we attempt to foster:

• Greater awareness of the cultural diversity evident in International culture and attendant life styles and influences - food, monetary systems etc.

• An appreciation of the rich variety of languages in through music, dance and drama

• An appreciation of the variety of creative activities through art, music, history and literature

• An appreciation of ethnic / religious diversity

• An appreciation of communication systems both physical and information based


2. Throughout the school we deliver a MFL as a curriculum entitlement (please refer to separate policy for Teaching a Modern Foreign Language). This is supported by teaching staff taking opportunities such as register calling, PE / drama instructions and singing. Our school aims to develop our pupils’ interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. This includes learning about countries, cultures, people and communities. Meeting people from other countries and cultures helps to broaden pupils' horizons by experiencing new and different languages and cultures. Learning the basics of a foreign language helps pupils to extend and develop their language and communication skills and can enhance self-esteem. We use a wide range of ICT resources, as well as our links with specialist secondary schools and partner schools from abroad, to maximize pupils’ learning and enjoyment of the subject.


3. When selecting units of work in Geography and History we consider a European / International dimension to our planning. Opportunities for teaching one of Suistainable Development Goals per half term  are highlighted in the planning.


4. Visiting speakers are invited where available to place global citizenship in a real context.


5. When available, foreign nationals ( known to the school or recommended by link education establishments) are utilized to add richness and diversity to the curriculum


6. Joint projects with schools in nations both European and International are being explored. This is being developed with the aid of video conferencing.


7. It is considered essential to involve the wider and immediate community in our global citizenship activities.

Impact - What difference will it make?


  • It will raise pupils achievements, attitudes and behaviour by adding an international dimension to the curriculum.
  • It will encourage within pupils a moral and social responsibility for the world around them and to encourage respect and curiosity for cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.
  • It will help pupils to understand issues of human rights and make them more aware of the wider world in which we live.
  • It will develop partnerships with schools abroad and welcome visitors from other countries into school.
  • It will raise the profile of the school in the local community by sharing work undertaken and inviting the community into school.