Children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them is an essential aspect of the curriculum at Dore, to enable our pupils to grow into thoughtful and caring global citizens. We are a Right’s Respecting School and hold the highest UNICEF RRSA Gold award. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is part of our whole school ethos and pupils are well aware of their rights. In Unicef’s Gold reaccreditation report in 2018, they commented that the strengths of the school are:
- A commitment to developing pupil voice and supporting children to be democratic, engaged citizens of the future.
- Strong and responsive curriculum links to global learning and sustainable development which are supporting children to recognise they can make a difference and take action for the rights of others.
Each class has the name of a country and we hold One World Week in September, to give children the opportunity to engage with their country, learn more about the geography, the culture and the people who live there. Throughout the year, curriculum projects and studies incorporate global learning, in subjects such as English, Art, Design and Technology and P4C. We also join in with global campaigns such as Send my Friend to School, UNICEF Day for Change and Fairtrade Fortnight. These opportunities allow the children to broaden their horizons and draw comparisons with other cultures and countries.
In addition to being global citizens, we recognise the importance of supporting the local community and charities. Annual events include Children in Need, National Anti-bullying Week and Road Safety Week. We also support Sheffield Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospice and other charities that pupils have personal links with and decide that they would like to raise money for. These provide enrichment opportunities and valuable learning experiences for the whole community.
Dore Primary is a FairAchiever School committed to supporting and promoting Fairtrade, wherever possible. As a FairAchiever School we encourage our pupils to develop an awareness of their connections with the wider world, to see themselves as ‘global citizens’. The children are taught about where their food comes from, what is meant by ‘fairness’ and how Fairtrade can make a difference to the lives of young people and their communities around the world by improving living and working conditions for the people who grow the things we buy. Fairtrade and the global issues it raises are both embedded into our curriculum and supported by visiting speakers and an active Fairtrade Team. Our ‘Fantastic Fairtraders’ team help to introduce annual Fairtrade Fortnight themes through assemblies, special competitions, design tasks, community events as well as running a Fairtrade tuck shop.