An international rationale
The governors and staff recognise that global issues are an important part of the lives of our pupils living in a world where economies are increasingly interdependent and global communication is a daily reality. At Irk Valley Community School both governors and staff believe that the global dimension should be reflected in the attitudes and values of our pupils, the ethos of the school, the Programmes of Study and Key Skills.
Through the inclusion of an international focus in Irk Valley Community Primary School, we are able to offer to our pupils, a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity.
- To provide an informed awareness of countries, cultures and languages other than their own.
- To encourage greater involvement in
- To encourage greater involvement in environmental issues.
- To develop curiosity about other cultures.
- To enable pupils, staff and governors to experience daily life in other countries.
- To promote the use of ICT in meaningful contexts for the development of communication skills.
- To provide an added opportunity for the promotion of equal opportunities, racial equality and Citizenship.
- To prepare pupils for life in a diverse global society and work in a competitive global economy
- To work with global partners to achieve their educational goals and ours.
- To raise the attainment in writing through emailing, letters,newspaper reports, etc.
- To provide opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills.
Our Friends Around The World
At Irk Valley, we have made friends with schools around the world. We are
friends with schools in Pakistan and India and recently we have started a
partnership with schools in Tanzania, Massachusetts (USA),Texas (USA) and Sri Lanka.
Staff and pupils at Irk Valley Community School have been in partnership with Central Model School In Khanewal, Pakistan since January 2012 after the international School's coordinator in Pakistan contacted us to offer a partnership. The partnership was discussed through telephone calls and emails and once both schools agreed on linking together, a partnership agreement was drawn up to highlight the main aims of the partnership.
To integrate global development issues into the curriculum and extend the children's view of the world.
To promote a better understanding of cultures and traditions between the schools.
Our partnership with Kamla Nehru Public School. Phagwara, India began in January 2012. Contact was made via email and a partnership was set up based on some main aims. The partnership has been very successful in that staff from both schools have visited each other and taken part in some teaching activities.
In June 2014, 2 members of staff and 2 students from Kamla Nehru Public School will visit us to carry out joint projects and plan future projects. Staff at Irk Valley will visit Kamla Nehru Public School in August 2014.
Many projects have been carried out such as: