At Catcott, we use our International links to enrich our curriculum and provide children with a variety of cultural opportunities. We aim for pupils to:
Further develop their understanding of cultural traditions, daily life in other countries, an interest in others’ way of doing things and the knowledge, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.
Link School: Ecole Marie Curie, France
Our French Link school is Ecole Marie Curie in Gravenchon, Normandy. This link has been with Catcott school for a few years now. Year 6 have taken part in a week long exchange trip to Normandy every summer. When the french children have visited Catcott school, lessons are shared in English and French, games are played and there is lots of laughter! We have taken our French friends to Glastonbury Abbey to experience some local history and culture. When Catcott children have been to France, they have language lessons, they try new sports and visit the D-day beaches and Bayeaux tapestry. Year 6 learn about World War 2 in History and spend the summer term studying France.
Zululu School, Kenya
Our link in Kenya is with with Zululu School, Gambogi near Kisumu, in the west of Kenya- near to Lake Victoria. It is a rural primary with over 400 pupils. This school link has been going for over 14 years ; many Catcott teachers have visited the teachers and pupils at the school over the years. Mr Agumba, the old headteacher and Miss Emmie, the English teacher have both been to England and stayed with us and worked with the children at Catcott, sharing language and culture. Year 5 study Africa with a focus on Kenya across the curriculum. Lots of their learning is completed as joint projects with the children and teachers of Zululu.
Link School: Yew Wah, China
Yew Wah is a large International school based in Shanghai, China. The school established an English learning and cultural centre in Somerset back in 2006. A few years ago, the centre contacted our school asking to work together and we've worked closely together ever since! Different groups of children from Yew Wah visit Somerset several times throughout the academic year. During this visit, Yew Wah and Catcott children go on excursions together to learn about different curriculum topics. The children and teachers of Yew Wah also visit our school and spend the day here at least twice a year. The day involves activities that children from Yew Wah may not usually experience, such as outdoor learning. The children from both schools always work really well together throughout these trips, they build relationships and learn a lot about one another.