Our teaching and learning is based around the International Primary Curriculum – IPC – giving our children opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and values through a thematic approach linked to a real, active and meaningful learning platform. As a result our children develop a respect for other cultures and beliefs while celebrating similarity and diversity.
Welton St Mary’s are proud to have links with schools in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. We are twinned as a village with Monce in France and have links with their local Primary school. The children in KS2 work with a native French speaker to learn French as a Modern Foreign Language. We are currently working to develop links with Bangladesh as part of a network of schools in Lincolnshire.
Children have embarked on a project where they compared and contrasted the impact of rivers on our country and on Bangladesh.
Pijush Mazumber,(our overseas visitor from Bangladesh) and his wife had their first baby boy congratulations to them. The children in our school have worked on “The World’s Largest Lesson” looking at how they can contribute to the 17 Global Goals and support the sustainability of our planet. Have a look at the Super Heroes in the hall that we would be to help save the resources we value. We also share our concerns for our local community, our country and the world.
As part of our work in French KS2 all enjoyed a French shopping experience.
We created our own “magasin d’animaux domestiques” (pet shop) and we had the opportunity to express ourselves in French talking about the animals we own.
We were able to act and buy an item for our pet using French currency.
We created our own “pharmacie”.We made some posters and used some French advertisements for our display.
We had the opportunity to express ourselves in French saying where it hurt and we were able to buy some pretend medication using euros.
We created our own “patisserie- boulangerie” (baker’s shop).
We had the opportunity to express ourselves in French buying some traditional French cakes and paying with euros.
We all dressed up and wore some traditional French clothes for the day.
At the end of the day, we filled a “sondage d’opinion” giving our feedback about the day.
We had a fantastic day .It was a unique experience.
In 2016 Welton St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy has been an active participant in the British Council’s ‘Shakespeare Lives’ project which celebrates the author’s work in the four hundredth anniversary year of his death in 1616.
Our school has collaborated with five other Lincolnshire primaries and a secondary school supported by British Council Schools Ambassador, Chris Williams of Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, and Li Ying of the Tangshan Foreign Affairs Office. The connection between Lincoln and Tangshan goes back to the early 1990’s, but this has been the first time our school has been involved in the link. Chinese head teachers visited our school in July 2016. In October Mrs Cassidy made the return leg to China.
Whilst in China we watched seven Chinese schools perform plays by Shakespeare including: Hamlet; The Tempest; Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. The schools had made full use of what they had learnt whilst in the UK in the summer.
The visit also enabled us to look at the teaching and learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as well as the Chinese approach to the teaching of Physical Education and the Creative arts. One project that has already begun to grow from the trip is to look at the food eaten in Eastern Countries particularly the healthy approach to eating and see what we can learn to support our approach to food and the teaching of food technology in the UK.