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Working and learning about other countries

It is important that we teach our children about the world in which they live.  By learning about other countries, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding and enquiry and critical thinking skills.

 

To support us in the development of this area of the curriculum, staff are part of the Global Learning Programme which offers a wealth of opportunities and benefits:

 

  • Benefits for schools

  • Support with delivering SMSC and responding positively to the current focus on British values.

  • Improved pupil engagement, knowledge, skills and values.

  • Materials to help teachers deliver a richer curriculum.

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  • Benefits for teachers

  • More engaged pupils with deeper curriculum understanding.

  • Improved pupil knowledge and understanding of global issues and their role within the global society.

  • Practical support from your nearest Expert Centre and GLP Local Advisor.

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  • Benefits for pupils

  • Becoming more engaged in lessons and learning.

  • Acquiring better knowledge and understanding of global issues and international development.

  • Learning about globalisation, inequality and global poverty.

  • Having the opportunity to take part in discussions about development and global learning issues.

  • Exploring their values and how they impact on others.

  • Having the opportunity to listen to, and gain an understanding of and respect for, different voices and perspectives, question viewpoints and challenge stereotypes.

eTwinning

 

The school have also become a part of eTwinning, where teachers from across Europe work together to create projects.  

 

Our first project was creating Christmas cards and then sending them around Europe with a Seasons Greetings film.  We sent Christmas cards to Finland, Greece, Poland, Croatia and Spain.

 

Reception have taken part in an Spring project called 'Eggy Easter'. We have been learning about how children in Poland celebrate Easter. Their traditions were really exciting and we enjoyed sharing our pictures too. 

Here is part of the message that was sent to us during our "Eggy Easter" project.

 

"We are from Poland a country situated in the central Europe by the Baltic sea. Let us introduce ourselves. This is our group, the group number 6 from the nursery in Olsztyn in Poland.This is our nursery in which we meet with each other from Monday to Friday. It is situated in Kortowo, a housing estate in which most departments of Warmia and Mazury University are located."

 

"Pisanki (Pisanky, pysanky) are colored and decorated Easter eggs. The art of pisanki is cultivated in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and many other East and Central European countries. The name pisanki comes from the word "pisac" means "to write" or "to print". Easter eggs are in Polish called jajka wielkanocne."

 

"It's our Polish tradition to go to church on Holy Saturday before Easter to bless the Easter basket called "święconka" in Polish."

People put meat, coloured eggs, cakes, bread, salt, horseradish, ham and little lamb. At church a priest sprinkles baskets with holly water. The blessed food remains untouched Sunday morning.

 

"On Easter Monday we celebrate "Śmigus Dyngus". Traditionally, boys only boys would throw water on girls, however, nowadays boys and girls throw containers of water over each other. It is said that a girl who is not wet will be a spinster."

Reception's Easter parcel from Poland

Connecting Classrooms

 

The British Council, with the Department for International Development (DFID), has a global education programme called Connecting Classrooms.  It enables teachers to work with like-minded teachers internationally to develop children's knowledge, skills and values.

 

As part of this project we have a link school in Lebanon, Jarouah Public School.  It is a mixed middle school with 350 pupils.  We plan to learn about the similarities and differences between the way we live and go to school, in addition to completing a project together so that we can also compare our ideas and learn from one another.

 

 

 

 

 

The PTFA held a breakfast from Europe...

Where is Lebanon?

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Finding out about Lebanon

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Reception say hello

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Making Christmas Cards to send to Finland, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Greece and Lebanon

Christmas cards received from across Europe

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We made a film to share with other schools overseas

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Great British culture in a box

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Lebanese culture in a box

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Getting ready to skype and play culture in a box...

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Preparing for culture in a box ...

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Skyping Lebanon for the first time - we were very excited!

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Preparing to skype Lebanon

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Culture in a Box

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Our trip to Jordan

During February half term we were given the wonderful opportunity to visit Jordan where we were able to meet the teacher from our link school to plan our project and visit a school in the area in addition to attending the Connecting Classrooms Inclusion Conference. It was a week of learning and experiencing what education looks like in the Middle East. 

Meeting Randa from our link school

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Amman in Jordan

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Twinkle twinkle little star ⭐️

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Counting in Arabic

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To look at our shared learning with our link school in  Lebanon, please visit the Class Three page; we have lots of exciting learning to share!

Our thoughts about working with a school in Lebanon

 

Year Five

What have you enjoyed most about our work with our link school in Lebanon? What did you like best?

I enjoyed looking at what their uniform and school looked like.

I like skyping Lebanon the best and making the video.

Trying out their languages and making a video.

I have enjoyed learning Arabic. The best bit was when we skyped them.

I have enjoyed getting to learn Arabic with the children. My favourite part was skyping them and learning about their culture.

I have enjoyed skyping Lebanon and I enjoyed culture in a box.

I enjoyed answering their question and seeing their answers from our questions.

I really enjoy working with Lebanon. I have enjoyed skyping the most and finding out their answers to our questions.

I liked socialising with all the different kids, I also enjoyed learning about what their country I like compared to ours.

Skyping the Lebanon school and telling them about our country.

I enjoyed it because I learnt about their culture.

 

What new ideas or information have you learned from working with pupils from Lebanon?

That they don’t go to school on a Friday.

I have learnt their morning routine, they don’t wear uniform.

Different times to go to school.

Different time zone and they go to school on different days.

I have learnt that their weekend is split (Friday and Sunday). Their time period is two hours ahead of ours.

They go to school for five days on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

They’re in a different time zone and different days at school.

I have seen how they do things and what they do in their school time.

I learnt that they speak in a different language and they have a different school to ours.

They do to school on different days to us.

They don’t go to school on Friday.

 

Year Six

What have you enjoyed most about our work with our link school in Lebanon? What did you like best?

What I like about working with Lebanon is that we learnt how our life is different compared to theirs.

Skyping to see how their food and religion is different.

I like acting out how we get ready for school and skyping them.

What they have in their school and what they live like.

Meeting other people and making friends with them. I liked skyping Lebanon.

I liked skyping them and seeing they have in their country.

I like skyping them and sharing information about our culture.

I have enjoyed learning about another school in a different country and seeing how their school I different, like going to school on different days to us.

Learning their language and learning their videos/songs. Making the videos of what we thought they do in the morning/drawing it.

Drawing pictures of what we think their classroom looks like.

I like making films because it is really fun to see how they are in other countries.

I like when we skyped and when Mrs Cockram showed us a video of their song and we learnt it.

 

What new ideas or information have you learned from working with pupils from Lebanon?

I have learnt that they go to school on different days.

They’re two hours ahead of us and they have different school days.

They eat in class, have different lessons and don’t have a register.

Their lifestyle, they’re two hours ahead of us and their school is different.

I learnt that they are two hours ahead and they go to school on different days to us.

I have learnt that they don’t have everything we have in England and they are two hours ahead.

They have a different time zone, they go to school at different times, their culture is very different to ours and so is their school.

I have learnt lots about Lebanon and its differences to England.

They go to school on different days and are two hours ahead.

How different their displays are and how they don’t go to school on Friday. Instead, they go on a Saturday.

I have learnt they do to school on different day and they are two hours in front.

That they speak Arabic and they don’t go to school on Friday.

Letters that the children wrote in response to the film that the children in Lebanon created.

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