Global themes are recognised as part of the ethos of the school and are incorporated within as many aspects of school life as possible; from individual lessons, to assemblies, to extracurricular activities and to the ways in which subjects are taught.
The school approach to global learning encompasses four interconnected areas:
Global learning principles at IHS are apparent in the curriculum and in the wider life of the school. Curriculum planning reflects a meaningful integration of themes for global learning.
Teaching & Learning
Global learning enables pupils to think critically about world issues and to develop an awareness of the impact of our actions on others. It is a key feature of all classroom lessons and happens through a more cross-curricular approach. Effective global learning takes place by looking at specific topics such as water, food, shelter, global poverty, international development issues etc. through different lenses, perspectives and subjects. Global learning concepts are embedded in much of classroom practice. For example, Expo 2020 themes are also well integrated into the curriculum; Justice and fairness are demonstrated by students through sharing resources with each other and following classroom rules. Students are made aware of the importance of sustainability by being asked to re-use or recycle things instead of wasting them.
Extracurricular activities on global and sustainability themes put a particular focus on student voices.
- Round Square - creates opportunities for students to develop international understanding, self-confidence and a range of interpersonal skills through studying or working on exchange programmes.
- Sectional activities (and Thematic Assemblies) conducted by the various sections of the school provide immense opportunities for global learning. Activities based on World International Days, 'No plastic' campaigns, 'No Tobacco' campaigns, anti-bullying campaign, health awareness programmes develop students capacity to be informed, open-minded, responsible people, who are responsive to diverse perspectives and address the world's pressing issues collaboratively.
Community connections bring awareness and create learning opportunities for students. Visits to old age homes and special needs schools, participation in Diabetes walk, food bank, can collection campaign etc. strengthen students’ community outreach and help them gain the required skills.