At St James’ we are proud to run a programme of Global Learning. We aim for all all children to leave St James’ 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.
We offer an exciting curriculum for the children through project and enquiry-based learning intended to further develop and shape key critical thinking skills, themes and outlooks. We base our learning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which succeeded the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Children regularly engage in 'Philosophy for Children' (P4C) sessions to further develop critical thinking and discussion skills.
Since 2013, we have built a strong partnership with Colegio ECCOS in Sao Paolo, Brazil in order to provide a real-life purpose for much of the children's learning and to further develop themes of interdependence and commonality. Students enjoy shared curriculum activities and skype chats with their counterparts in Brazil. Here is a link to their latest video showing us around their school environment as well as their English skills!
We also engage with schools across Europe through eTwinning projects and have supported schools across Southwark through a programme of continuing professional development in global learning through the Global Learning Programme.
School Garden (#2, Zero Hunger)
Following a successful application, we secured funding from Project Learning Garden for a complete school garden, including planters, three tonnes of topsoil and a huge range of plants! We installed a water system, built a greenhouse out of recycled materials (old pallets, recycled plastic bottles and reused black bin liners) and maintain our outdoor learning areas as part of regular curriculum enrichment groups and in a weekly Gardening Club. We passionately believe in achieving Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger.
Pictured: preparing harvested chillies for sale at Borough Market 'Young Marketeers'.
We hosted a visit by Garden Organic UK, Seeds of Change and the Executive Director of Captain Planet Foundation to observe an outdoor learning session. They commented:
I would like to add my thanks to you and your fantastic staff and pupils for hosting what was a lovely session for us last week. I know that everyone went away impressed with all of the work you are doing to promote outdoor curriculum learning, the school garden and good food. - Colette Bond, Head of Education, Garden Organic UK.
Just a little note to say thank you for having us last week. We really appreciate the effort you all put in. You are all doing such a great job with your learning garden, it's lovely to see your pupils so proud of the space and what has been achieved there. The staff are superstars and we are so pleased to have you as part of Project Learning Garden. - Sarah Bishop, Education Officer, Project Learning Garden.
Pictured: potato harvest