Kingsland CE Primary School has held a long and proud history of developing a rich international dimension as part of our rich and diverse curriculum. We aim to raise and educate children as intelligent and respectful global citizens, who are keen to continue discovering and understanding their place within our ever- changing world. As a school community, we are particularly mindful of our strong Christian ethos, as well as our position in rural North Herefordshire, for the need to open the children's eyes to a bigger world. Throughout their time with us, the children develop a deep understanding of respect and social awareness, through our inclusivity and celebration of diversity. Having achieved three accreditation levels of the International School Award over the past decade, our commitment to the promotion of an embedded international ethos has continued to develop strongly. Through the long-standing Leominster-Tengeru link, we continue to be actively involved in developing strong ties and furthering projects with Moivaro Primary School in Tanzania, undertaking regular reciprocal visits, all of which impact immeasurably on the learning and depth of appreciation of the children and staff. A recent whole-school redevelopment of the curriculum has enabled us to further enhance international learning where this was at the forefront of the redesign, alongside actively embracing new international learning possibilities.
Moivaro Primary School, Tanzania
Kingsland CE Primary School is proud to be partnered with Moivaro Primary School in Tanzania as part of the British Council projects of Connecting Classrooms. Accessing the Global Learning programme, the two schools have worked collaboratively for over 13 years exploring global issues that shape our world.
The bond we have generated with our partner school in Tanzania over many years, Moivaro Primary School, will continue to deepen and strengthen, as the depth of our appreciation develops further. New staff members are keen to become actively involved, ensuring the long-standing connections will be sustained into the future.
Moivaro Primary School is situated on the outskirts of the city of Arusha and educates over 800 children aged 4-13. The headteacher is Mrs Gladness Lazaro, who came to visit Kingsland CE Primary School in July 2019.
Recent collaborative projects have included learning about Zero Waste and growing tomato plants. Most Kingsland CE Primary School teachers have visited Moivaro over the last 10 years, including Mr Debenham in February 2019. Regular communication between the schools is maintained through Whatsapp messages and emails, and our redeveloped curriculum sees Class 3 undertake a project to compare Hereford and Tanzania.
Ecole Elementaire Marcel Pagnol, France
Having established exciting new connections with Ecole Elementaire Marcel Pagnol in France, both schools are now actively planning for regular penpal letter exchanges, sharing information about what life is like in English / French schools, as well as a perfect opportunity to develop skills in speaking and writing in French. In order for the children to fully comprehend the purpose of pursuing and developing a love of communicating in a foreign language, it is essential that they have many first-hand opportunities to do so. Through exchanging letters both sets of children will develop a deep understanding of a wider world, comparing and contrasting interests, similarities and celebrating differences. Our Class 4 children have already exchanged letters but now the project will be extended to cover all children in Key Stage 2. This will mean the connections can have greater sustainability over the children’s time in KS2, building deeper relationships with their penpals.