Developing an international perspective into the curriculum at Bentley High Street Primary School. Heather Morley and Jessica Ho. Our aims. To establish if misconceptions existed regarding other cultures. To challenge assumptions/stereotypes. To develop an international learning approach.
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Heather Morley and Jessica Ho
Our Year 3 and 4 children had:
The children had some astonishing views... at Bentley High Street Primary School
They have dirty water. They all eat snails. They eat grapes. They have no vehicles and ride bikes.
They eat takeaways. They are poor. Their homes are small and dirty.
Have no electricity. The people are starving hungry.
They eat mangos.
They wear funny hats. There are no black people.
They eat pizza. It is posh there.
Lesson Study: at Bentley High Street Primary School
“It’s posh, it must be French.”
“I put that food in France because its mingin’ – France have mingin’ stuff.”
“French people are really poor and drink dirty water and eat creatures.”
“In France I don’t think they have countryside.”
“They wear stripy jumpers.”
“They have a clock called Big Ben.”
“They eat rotten cheese!”
Lesson Study (2): at Bentley High Street Primary School
Comic Relief – a single story?
We collected children’s views to assess the impact of the global learning activities.
“ I used to think that when I saw children from Africa on TV, that they all live like this. Now, I know that sometimes comic relief makes it look like everyone has the same life but I know that some people are rich and some are poor”.
Holly, Year 4
“ When I was working with George he kept saying that everyone in France eats snails and frogs legs. That’s like saying everyone in England eats fish and chips – but I hate fish! I told him to say some people.”
Jakey, Year 3
Target: I need to remember not to judge children in other countries just cos of how they live.
Megan, Year 4