Geography and Global Learning
At St Thomas’s, our geography provision aims to teach our children to engage in an ever-changing world, where it is increasingly important to have an understanding of our local environment, as well as the world around us. Geography skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. It is our intention that children have every available opportunity to allow them to achieve this.
Geography provides invaluable learning opportunities to explore global learning, particularly in developing children’s global sense of place, knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world, and their geographical imaginations.
We aim to embed global learning in our school curriculum, running across all teaching and learning. We strive to equip children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to succeed in today’s society.
Critical thinking is an essential skill for children to develop, to enable them to be able to form their opinions on world issues. Global learning enables children to think, question and debate critically about the issues that face them both locally and nationally currently, therefore, enabling children to contribute to today’s world and shape the world for the future.
We aim for all all children to leave St Thomas’s as well-rounded citizens not only of the United Kingdom, but also of the world, with values including, but not limited to, a commitment to rights and responsibilities, justice, peace and sustainability; to be open to new ideas and to have a sense of interdependence; to hold a positive sense of identity and to have a desire to make a difference.
Open Arms Academy, Kenya
As part of our Global Learning curriculum, we are proud to be linked to Open Arms Academy in Eldoret, Kenya.
The Christian organisation, Open Arms International, was founded in November 2003 to meet the immediate needs of orphaned and abandoned children in Eldoret who were suffering from a wide variety of life-threatening diseases. Taking children and young adults from desperation, they aim to restore hope, homes, purpose and empowerment.
We have supported and raised funds for Open Arms over the years and are excited to announce that this academic year we will be sponsoring a child from the local community. This will enable them to attend school at Open Arms Academy, to have an education. Throughout the year, our children will get the opportunity to zoom, work alongside and connect with children in Kenya as part of our Global Learning Curriculum. It is a fantastic opportunity for our children to make first hand connections with children from a different country and culture, celebrating our similarities and differences.
The link is founded on an equity based relationship where learning is two-way and reciprocal, with both schools contributing equally. This Autumn, we will be completing the Virgin Schools Mini Marathon. Each child will run 2.6 miles in order to raise funds for our Global Link. The staff and children at Open Arms Academy will be taking part in the challenge alongside us. We can’t wait to receive photos and videos of the children in Kenya completing their miles!