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Working and learning about other countries

We are an eTwinning School, there are 29 eTwinning Schools in the UK and 2000 across Europe.


Our school has been recognised for its approach to eTwinning in particular through:

  • our high quality, impactful projects with other schools in Europe
  • the impact those project have had on pupils
  • our school’s approach to eSafety
  • involvement in eTwinning events and training activities
  • the work we have done to promote our eTwinning work with others

Receiving our eTwinning School Award in Coventry

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



The school have also become a part of eTwinning, where teachers from across Europe work together to create projects.  Our Headteacher, Mrs Cockram, is an eTwinning Ambassador.


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. 


Class One were excited to receive calendars from Beirut today.

The School Council zoomed Beirut and answered their questions about how they run the school council at GBA

The questions and answers from the zoom session

Gifts from our link school in Beirut

Class Two discuss healthy eating and healthy lunchboxes on eTwinning

The Fantastic Blue

This project through eTwinning celebrates water and its importance in our lives. With two thirds of the earth's surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is evidently clear that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth.

The students will create a comic book narrating the adventures of "The Fantastic Blue", the superheroes that protect water, encourage people to be more respectful of it and use it more carefully.

With water, we thrive. Without water, there is no life. We must learn to value, conserve, and take care of the water we have.

The project will start in October 2019 and end in May 2020.

We have used the platform of eTwinning to join a project called The Fantastic Blue where we are working collaboratively with children across Europe on writing stories linked to the SDGs (sustainable development goals) and the ocean. One of the tasks is to create a superhero..

We have created our Comic Strips linked to SDGs. We have shared them on our eTwinning space with the other countries we are learning with.

Sending Festive Wishes


Again this year, we will be exchanging Christmas Cards using the platform of eTwinning and learning about the Christmas traditions in other countries in the EU.  We will going one step further this year and having a blog session where pupils can directly ask children in other questions and respond to their questions.  


Aims and curricular links

  • Aims and curricular links

    • Pupils will further develop their knowledge of the world with regards to where countries are in relation to where they live.
    • They will exchange and learn about other festive traditions and develop a knowledge and understanding of how other culture can be similar and different to their own.
    • They will be exposed to other languages.
    • They will make the world a smaller place, where similarities and differences are celebrated with children of similar ages.

We are sharing festive wishes and learning about Christmas around Europe using the platform of eTwinning. We spent a session looking at the work other schools have done and commenting in practise for when we chat to children from Greece.

For our eTwinning project of Sending Festive Wishes we had the wonderful opportunity to talk to children in Greece and ask them about their Christmas traditions.

Some of class one's Christmas cards ready to send across Europe

Very excited to receive Christmas cards from across Europe.

More Christmas Cards from across Europe

The School Council confidently showed round the visitors from Lebanon

Learning how to say hello, thank you etc in Arabic

Learning traditional Arabic dance

Reception learning about schools in Beirut

We will be helping our link school in Beirut in setting up their School Council

Children in class two followed the recipe given by our Lebanese teachers


Kachumbari (Kenyan Fresh Tomato and Onion Salad)

Prep Time 20 mins Total Time 20 mins  

Kachumbari is a light and fresh tomato and onion salad that makes for a perfect summer side dish to pair with your grilled meats!

Servings: 4 - 5 people


½ medium red onion, diced

1 tsp salt

2 large tomatoes

½ avocado

1 small chili (optional)

½ lime, juiced (approx 1 Tbsp juice)

1 Tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Instructions: Place the diced onion in a small bowl and massage the salt into the onion pieces. Cover the salted onions with water and let stand for 10 min. Meanwhile, dice the tomatoes, avocado, and chili (if using). Place them in a bowl. Drain the onions and add them to the vegetables. Finish by adding the lime juice and coriander. Mix well and taste the salad. Add salt or more lime juice if desired.

Words we linked to the experience of making traditional Lebanese shortbread


We have begun to read Oranges in no man's land by Elizabeth Laird. Other schools are also reading the book so that the children can work collaboratively and share their ideas and thoughts.

We explored the civil war, what it would have been like to live during it and the UN's Rights of a Child that the children are being denied.

Our thoughts about chapter two - Oranges in no man's land by Elizabeth Laird

We created a video of This is Me with children in the schools in Lincolnshire and Lebanon.



Showing round our local MP, Matt Warman, with a focus on global learning and RRSA.

We are in the paper for when we showed our local MP how we learn about other countries.

We are working with 14 other schools located in Lincolnshire and Lebanon on Zero Waste. Together we plan to explore what Zero Waste means and how it links with the Sustainable Development goals before creating a piece of art which will be showcased at Lincoln Cathedral. Teachers and children from both countries will be working together to explore how we can make a difference.

Our Zero Waste logos

Exploring sustainable development goals

We planned our Zero Waste art sculptures with parents

We have begun to create our Zero Waste scuptures with the support of parents. We can't wait to display them in Lincoln Cathedral and share them with our link schools in Lebanon.

Writing to Parents about holding a Zero Waste day in school

Writing to Willoughby Foods requesting their support

A response from Willoughby Foods

Receiving cards from Europe

Creating cards to send overseas

Writing letters to introduce ourselves to our link school in Lebanon

The children in Lebanon reading our letters

We answered the questions asked in the letters from Lebanon

We are taking part in an eTwinning Project called Cultura en una caja. We are working with pupils from Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Romania and Turkey. We started with the question: What does Cultural Heritage and identity mean to you? We used mentimeter to gather our ideas which we have now shared with others.

Below are previous year's experiences and learning:

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."

Spring - let's capture the beauty of this season!


Reception joined an event on E-twinning to look at signs of Spring around the world. Scroll left and right, up and down on the padlet or use the link below to see all of the countries that took part. Can you find our pictures from Gipsey Bridge? 

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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?

Finding out about Lebanon

Reception say hello

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

Christmas cards received from across Europe

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...

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

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

Amman in Jordan

Twinkle twinkle little star ⭐️

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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.

When we visited Kidzania we spotted Rights of the child. Rights Respecting School Award

In 2017/18 we are going to focus on festivals and the things that we celebrate in each school and in our homes.


We have started by creating a film about Harvest.  This has been shared with our friends in Lebanon and once they have watched it, they will ask us some questions and we will receive information about a festival that they celebrate at this time of year.


To see out film please look on the GB TV page on the website or follow the link:


eTwinning Annual Conference held in Malta during half term - this provided us with the opportunity to network with teachers throughout Europe and create links that can be used in school.

Learning about festivals with Lebanon

We have sent a film, pictures and information about Harvest to Lebanon.  Below are their questions and our answers:


  1. What kinds of crops do you grow?  We grow corn, broccoli, beetroot, vegetables and wheat.
  2. How is Halloween related to harvest? It is not directly related to harvest, but we do decorate pumpkins for Halloween.
  3. Do all English people donate? Not all English people donate because some people are not as generous or thoughtful as others.  Plus some people do not have the money to donate.
  4. Is the food bank related to the Government or is it a public one? It is a public one because whenever people want to donate they can and the food banks are run by charities.  When people do not have enough food they can go to the food bank.
  5. How exactly does the donation process happen? The people who work at the food bank stack up the food and when somebody goes there with their food voucher, they are given some food.
  6. Do poor people go to the food bank and take what they need if there’s another way?  Yes so that they have enough to eat and drink.
  7. Is donation only related to harvest time? No, we can donate at any time of the year.
  8. Do you only donate food?  You can also donate soap and shampoo.
  9. Do you do these donations as a must?  It is not a must, but it would be nice to bring a donation.

   10. What values do you learn from all this?  You learn about how hard it is to live with no food.  You also learn about why they go to food banks.  It teaches us to be kind, helpful, thoughtful and caring. 

Lebanon have sent us photos about harvesting and making olive oil

Information about harvesting and making olive oil from Lebanon

Our questions for pupils in Lebanon:

  1. Is olive oil expensive in Lebanon?
  2. Do those who grow olive trees make a lot of money?
  3. Do all of the trees grow in a large field next to each other?
  4. Is there a certain time of the year that olive trees are harvested?
  5. Do you harvest the trees every year?
  6. Does it take long to go from harvest to olive oil?
  7. Do you grow anything else?
  8. Do you use lots of machinery for the harvest?

Answers from Lebanon:


  1. Yes, it is expensive compared to other kinds of oils , for 1kg of olive oil costs about 13,ooo L.L or 9$
  2. In fact no, people who grow olive pay a lot in picking and extracting oil .
  3. No, some of them, some grow in house gardens, others in big fields, it depends
  4. Usually olive trees are harvested in late September and October.
  5. Yes , we do
  6. The process starts from the field where all the harvest is collected in large bags to be directly pressed into oil .
  7. Living by the Mediterranean has given us the privilege of growing so many other trees like : citrus trees ,apples, peaches(but these are seasonal )
  8. We do not use lots of machinery for our harvest, we depend on workers thus making it very expensive and time consuming.

Sending Christmas cards to our eTwinning Celebrating Cultural Heritage partners. We are looking forward to working with them in the new year.

Christmas wishes from Lebanon

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Learning about the Arabic language and being a refugee

Class 3 spent a day learning about Chinese culture, dance and exercise. Students from Giles filmed the day and we will gather with the other schools involved to watch them on the big screen at The Kinema in the Woods.

We voted on our favourite choices from Poland as part of our Cultural Heritage Project with eTwinning.

What we discovered when voting on the Poland page:


  • I found it interesting that Polish people have a tradition called Fat Thursday.
  • Polish people have different traditions but also some that we recognise such as Easter and Christmas.
  • They celebrate a Santa Claus day!
  • They celebrate Children’s Day where children are given gifts and there is no homework! This would be a great reason to move to Poland!
  • They celebrate Christmas in the same way that we do.
  • They have lots of different and interesting places in Poland.
  • We found their sayings interesting but we did not fully understand them all!
  • They had chosen one modern artist whereas the others looked old.
  • Some of the artists were song artists rather painters etc.
  • Poland was founded when an eagle’s nest was spotted.



The children in Lebanon have sent us some questions about Easter:


  1. What is the meaning of Easter?
  2. Why do people fast at that time?
  3. What do you do during fasting?
  4. Why do you colour the eggs ? Can you show us how?
  5. What kind of food do you usually eat ?
  6. What is the relation between Easter and eggs?
  7. How do you celebrate this occasion?


The documents below are the answers we sent.

What we found interesting from the Czech Republic Cultural Heritage



At Christmas they at different food to us – they eat fish or mushroom soup and wraps.

At Easter they do face painting.

St Nicolas is the visiting of Santa and the reminding children of Jesus.

Masopust means carnival.

They celebrate the burning of witches on the 30th April – the ashes have magical powers. It is chasing away of evil spirits.



Lež má krátké nohy, daleko nedojde. Was the favourite because it persuades you to tell the truth and not lie.

They have very similar sayings to us.



We didn’t feel that Telc was as glamorous as the other choices.

The old town hall was built in 1338 which was a very long time ago!



There were lots of classical choices whereas we chose some modern artists too.

Chinese Cultural Experience 2018


Following on from the success of the Indian Cultural Day in 2017, the children in the local area were again incredibly fortunate to have another exciting experience funded by the Johnson and Mukherjee Brothers Trust. The Chinese Cultural Day has involved eight schools, including a Special School and a Secondary School and approximately 180 children.


The intention was that children would again learn about a different culture through movement. Lishi, a company that specialises in traditional Chinese dance, visited each school to spend the day teaching pupils about the Chinese culture through dance and exercise. Three pupils from Giles Academy and Simon, their teacher, spent the day filming each experience. The films are being showcased today at the Kinema in the Woods.


After today, each school will receive a copy of each of the Lishi days in order that they can be used for future PE lessons in their schools. Pupils have gained an insight into the Chinese culture and learnt a new dance and exercises. It is important that our children learn about other cultures in order that they can successfully deal with the fast changing globalised world that we now live in. Such experiences as the Chinese Cultural Experience, generously funded by the Johnson and Mukherjee Brothers Trust, become an important part of this education.


Many thanks to the Mukherjee and Johnson Brothers Trust, Lishi and Giles Academy for their hard work and a huge well done to all of the children. 

We watched the film at the Kinema in the Woods

Watching our Chinese films with parents whilst enjoying a Chinese takeaway!