Cultural Development at Peters Hill
Here at Peters Hill we are passionate about the whole child and our aim is to bring the outside world into each classroom. Cultural Development puts this at the heart of our curriculum. Here is a link to our policy here.
Our aim is for children to leave Peters Hill with a secure spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of the world around them and their place within it. SMSC is the umbrella of personal development. Cultural development is underpinned through our global learning curriculum. Global learning is a wider educational discipline that asks students to engage with global knowledge through activities that help develop their skills of communication, consider their values to respect diversity and learn about the world in relation to themselves. Teachers will endeavour to embed global learning into teaching across the curriculum. Here at Peters Hill, we encourage children to think about the kind of people they aspire to be, and we are constantly evaluating and developing the kind of education we aspire to provide so that our pupils are given the highest quality education.
Around school we have important globetrotters. These are children from each year group in years 3 to 6 who are the global representative from their class. Each week, Miss Ward runs a globetrotting club on a Wednesday afternoon where we pretend to trek around the globe. We take part in debates, critical thinking and other projects that are happening within school. Our most recent project is an Ecobrick and we are looking forward to working with our chair of governors, Mrs Gilhooley. Please check out our globetrotting blog for weekly updates and follow what we are getting up to (https://phpsglobetrotters.wordpress.com/)
We are very lucky to have strong links with Mrs Hodt from Ridgewood High School and are proud supporters of their charity, Project Gambia. When the charity began in 2007, its aim was to allow students, staff and members of the local community to experience first-hand life in a developing country. However, more than ten years later, it has gone beyond hand outs and aims to find a sustainable solution to poverty. Miss Ward and Miss Jones have teamed up and are working hard on building links between schools in The Gambia and Peters Hill through Project Gambia. We are proud to have supported that by raising money and sending donations to children over there who are the same age as us. Thank you for supporting us with the different projects we have launched over the years. Please click here if you wish to see more about the charity. http://www.projectgambia.org.uk/
Both Miss Ward and Miss Jones have been fortunate enough to visit The Gambia and get involved with these projects. Last term, Miss Jones visited a school called Hanne Vibe and helped with the refurbishment of the school and supported children with activities that they had never seen before. Miss Jones has worked closely with Mrs Hodt and raised lots of money through her half marathon and the amazing support from children and parents at Peters Hill. Year two have enjoyed being involved with projects such as the Buy-a-brick-campaign and their charity days. They have loved sending pen pal letters to each other over the year.
Children receiving pen pal letters from Peters Hill.