At St Peter’s we believe that including international work as part of our curriculum and fostering an international ethos throughout the school helps our children to develop:
- an increased knowledge, awareness and tolerance about other countries, cultures and languages,
- confidence in communicating with people from different backgrounds,
- more skills to successfully live and work in a global and mobile society,
- literacy skills when writing stories and letters for specifics audiences
As well as providing an exciting extra dimension to children’s learning.
We have a number of international projects that run at St Peter’s and while we have outlined them here, you can find out much more using the dedicated links.
Global Collaboration Projects
We have a number of projects linking children together in schools across the globe.
JDO Global Collaboration Project
We have been involved with the JDO Foundation Global Collaboration Program since 2016. Children in Year 4 and 5 have been partnered with children from the USA and Spain and have used their 1:1 technology to have regular communication and work together with their international peers
Spanish Virtual Study Exchange
The Virtual Study Exchange was a five week online partnership program joining St Peter's with schools in Spain. The children worked in small groups made up of a pair of children from St Peter’s and a pair from our partner school. These groups met once a week for about 45 minutes to work on a project based around comparing and contrasting foods and different meals in their countries.
International Student Visitors
Through our links with Kingston Study School, we are delighted to be able to host groups of primary aged students from the Far East at St Peter's. In the summer of 2019, we hosted two groups in school. One group from Shanghai, China and one from Ningbo, China. Despite the challenges of language differences the children soon formed swift friendships with each other.
Where in the world?
We have included a number of international elements into our Geography, Literacy and RHSE curriculum to help children learn more about the world around them and their place in it.
St Peter's Family Map
Visitors to St Peter’s are welcomed into the building with a large world map showing the family links to different countries of our children and staff. If you would like your child and family to feature on our map, please contact us.
Paddington's Postcards & Post Crossing Club
In Key Stage 1, we are following Paddington Bear's journey around the world with UNICEF. Every month we receive a personalised postcard and information to help us explore a different country with Paddington and learn about the life of a child who lives there.
Post Crossing Club, is a KS2 club where children send postcards to others all over the world using and then receive cards from different surprise senders in return.
Gordon the Globe Trotting Gorilla
Gordon is our International Schools mascot and enjoys travelling to different parts of the UK and around the world with children and staff from St Peter's. Click on the link to read more about his adventures in the places that he has visited. If you are a parent and would like to invite Gordon to join your family on your next adventure, please email Mrs McDonnell at email@example.com
ISTE Denver, USA (2016) & ISTE Worldwide (2021)
In June 2016, Miss Scott and Mrs McDonnell travelled to Denver, USA to attend the annual ISTE conference on a bursary provided by the JDO Foundation.
ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education, a 'passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education'.
During their time there, they took part in training seminars, heard from world class speakers, tried out new technology and found out how technology from cloud based computing to augmented reality can support our children in school.
In June 2021 Miss Scott will return to ISTE as it is being held entirely online. She will be joined by Miss Joslin and Miss Moon and we look forward to seeing the innovations that they will bring back.