We are aware that our small, semi-rural Primary school consists predominantly of white British pupils. Their day-to-day experiences do not expose them to a very broad cultural background. One of our areas for improvement is to help children learn more about the customs and beliefs of the many different communities in our own country and to develop the core values of acceptance and respect. Conversations with and between children demonstrate a lack of awareness of diversity at times – we want to change this and to challenge stereotypical views.

At Childer Thornton therefore, diversity is celebrated throughout as many curriculum areas as possible and we are constantly seeking opportunities to extend this further. Our aim is to provide as many opportunities as possible in order for our children to widen and enrich their understanding and acceptance of different cultures.                          

In addition:

Whole school project using resources from the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) who work with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainable development, human rights and social justice. http://toolkit.risc.org.uk/casestudy/211/

KS2: ‘Think and Drink’ 5 mins daily discussion/reflection using the Guardian’s Eye Witness picture of the day

Young Voices:  Our School Choir performs annually where they learn, perform and listen to a diverse range of musicians. They also perform at the local care home

Cheshire West & Chester RE Conference: A group of children represent school every year where they participate in Hindu dance, Islam workshops & a range of diverse workshops.

Inter-faith Week: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hinduism, Humanism, and Baha’ism.

Walk in her Shoes’: raising awareness and funds to help improve access to water for girls and women, giving them the chance to get an education or to work, and to fulfill their potential.Whole school participation

Africa Day’ 25th May 2017: dispelling myths and stero-types about Africa

Celebration Week: Celebrating Marriage, Civil Partnership & the Diversity of Families – Summer term assembly theme.

Same Love, Different Families’ curriculum (Stonewall accredited training)

Signing Choir after school club

Sign2Sing’ annual event, organised by the Deaf Health Charity Sign Health, which raises essential funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults.

Dance for Africa’ – dance workshops to raise funds for children to experience dance in Africa – January 2017

‘Challenging Perceptions’ Annual Assembly Week based on ‘We're The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016’

Diversity posters around school promoting the relevant equality act protected characteristics

Global Learning

Chinese New Year

Challenging stereotypes and perceptions of Britain - in relation to wealth, religion and culture

World Day Against Child Labour – Monday  12th June (Y5/Y6 debate using ‘Why is Alex not sure where to buy his clothes from’ information)

Global learning dates 2016/2017

Ozone Day – Friday 16th September (KS assembly Tuesday 20th September)

Chinese New Year – Wednesday 28th September EYFS (Y2 parent leading workshops)

World toilet day – Saturday 19th November (Monday 21st November KS assembly for whole-school – EYFS to do focused activities)

World Wildlife Day – Friday 4th March (EYFS/ link to geography depending on where your class is studying e.g. Y2 Australia)

International Day of Happiness – 20th March (discuss what makes you happy EYFS)

International Children’s Book Day – Sat 2nd April (Mon 3rd April read a book from around the world)

World Health Day – Friday 7th April

Africa Day –Thursday 25th May (challenge children’s perceptions of Africa)

World Environment Day – Monday 5th June (discuss how we care for the environment KS1 can focus locally e.g. within Childer Thornton. KS1 litter picking in the local area/ make posters to be displayed in the area KS2 choose a global issue e.g. deforestation.)

World Day Against Child Labour – Monday  12th June (Y5/Y6 debate using ‘Why is Alex not sure where to buy his clothes from’ information)

World Music Day – Wednesday 21st June (listen to music from around the world/ make instruments/ invite guests into school to perform to the children/ class singing)

Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are delighted to inform you that we are working with Unicef to become a Rights Respecting School (https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/education/ ) This is a whole-school approach where the children will learn about their  rights and how important it is to respect everyone’s rights. It is taken from The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Miss Katie Smith is our Lead Teacher on this project.