Bishop Aldhelm’s CE Primary School crosses the globe to China
Back in 2018, students and teachers from Bishop Aldhelm’s CE Primary School set out on an experience of a life time trip to China.
Venturing half way across the world seems a daunting prospect – especially when the children are only 9 and 10 years of age. But with the world becoming an ever increasingly smaller place and children needing experiences that will open their eyes to opportunities beyond the UK and Europe it also seemed inevitable that a Primary school would one day take that leap.
Bishop Aldhelm’s sees global learning as an important part of any schools approach to inspire, motivate and educate children. This includes developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, but also includes supporting improved teaching, pupil behaviour, school leadership and pupil achievement.
Fundamental to the trip was an understanding that global learning is an education that puts learning in a global context, fostering:
Critical and creative thinking;Self-awareness and open-mindedness towards difference;Understanding of global issues and power relationships;Optimism and action for a better world.
Working with One World Education, Bishop Aldhelm’s has become a Global Youth Ambassador Partnership (GYAP) School and have taken full advantage of taking pupils abroad to Chengdu and Chongqing in China. Whilst visiting four Primary schools and sampling lessons the children also had the opportunity to tour various famous landmarks. This included a trip to the world’s famous Giant Panda conservation base, scientific research and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
This was a fantastic opportunity for their pupils to experience what they have learnt first-hand when hosting students from China whilst also helping to raise aspirations and preparing their pupils for being employment fit for the future. Bishop Aldhelm’s is now teaching Mandarin to some of its pupils and has a number of young interpreters deployed to support learning across the school.
As a result of the trip, the children from Bishop Aldhelm’s, are now better placed to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen and draw on the benefits of breaking down cultural barriers and sharing experiences with other children from across the globe.
“After such a successful trip, it is hoped that this is the first of many trips overseas for Bishop Aldhelm’s. I also hope that this opens the door for other primary schools to follow our schools lead when travelling abroad.” Miss Dickson, Head Teacher, Bishop Aldhelm’s CE Primary School. 2018
“Working with One World Education, over the last couple of years, has provided a fantastic experience for all stakeholders connected to the school – from host families, our GYA’s, teachers, TA/HLTAs and Governors. We have been fortunate to send teachers and TAs, Governors and office staff to China along with a group of Year 5 pupils – all gaining an experience that will remain with them for a lifetime. Our work with One World continues and we look forward to welcoming Chinese student into our school together with another trip to China in April 2019 with our pupils.” Scott Tait Deputy Headteacher. 2018