At Chesterton Primary School we provide pupils with a global curriculum based on knowledge and skills that is relevant for the 21st century. These skills are critically important for future success. We believe that global learning helps pupils make sense of the increasingly complex and rapidly changing world in which they live. Our curriculum enables pupils to think critically about world issues and to develop an awareness of the impact our own actions can have on others.
The six themes children are exposed to across all year groups are:
- Social justice and equity
- Identity and diversity
- Sustainable development
- Peace and conflict
- Human rights
- Power and governance
These six global learning themes are broken down into knowledge and understanding, skills, and attitudes. The six global themes outlined above are explored through all areas of the curriculum and across the subject disciplines.
We provide rich opportunities for the children to explore citizenship and real-life world issues, which at times they may have to grapple with to make sense of it. This, in turn, helps them to develop skills such as collaboration and communication, thus equipping them with the necessary skills for life in the 21st century. Across each year a number of high-quality core texts are used to bring the themes to life for our children and to promote a connectedness with the learning.
The aim of our Chesterton R.E. curriculum is to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
Our curriculum enables pupils to appreciate their own and the beliefs of others, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well as in the world today. Throughout the teaching of our curriculum, we provide children with opportunities to share their thoughtful insights into current world issues and throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on tolerance and respect.
The R.E. curriculum is enriched through the use of visitors and visits. These have a valuable role to play in the subject providing pupils with access to outside experiences and expertise. They also provide a link with the wider community; our children will have access to first hand experiences of other faiths through visits to a variety of different places of worship and by meeting with people of different faiths.
By the end of their time at Chesterton, our children will be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief. They will have a clear understanding of the diversities of the world in which they live and the different faiths that they will meet throughout their lives.