Erasmus + Project 2018-2020
‘Keeping the legacy alive, empowering professionals to inspire children through the enrichment of the curriculum’
Throughout this two year project, teachers from Spain, Greece and Italy will be exchanging practice on how they deliver the curriculum within Europe through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Erasmus + team will be looking at how practitioners carefully implement strong cross-curricular links in their planning and how the use of resources enrich children’s learning experiences. The teachers will observe and collectively discuss the strengths and how this could be implemented within their school.
Objectives for the project
Throughout our training sessions within the 3 other countries who we are partnered with, we will be completing tasks and activities which will meet these objectives. Our aim to take the best practices we see across Europe and creatively apply them to the learning within our own profession.
Already within the first 6 months of the project staff who are involved are feeling more confident and competent when faced with linking areas of the curriculum. We are very excited to see what the future holds.
The focus for the first training week in London was: Cross-Curricular lessons and the cognitive, personal and social development of pupils.
The activities which were planned created opportunities for the School Exchange Partnership team to interact fully with pupils and the Curriculum Enrichment team. Due to previous training, the participants from our school were more confident in delivering cross-curricular lessons. The activities allowed the team to observe and interact with pupils to gain deeper understanding of the learning in our school. We considered ways to identify the cognitive, personal and social benefits/development that cross-curricular teaching provides. Observations of lessons provided the opportunity for further collaboration to discuss the benefits our hosts witnessed.
By meeting the staff and pupils, our visitors could gain an understanding of the ethos of our school. By seeing the local area, we were able to explain the varied difficulties that some of our families and pupils face, this was something that was important to understand the types of provision which we offer.
How is participation in this activity going to benefit the involved participants?
We hoped that the visit not only improved our visitors confidence in identifying wider benefits to cross-curricular teaching. We hoped that it will benefit our staff, we were able to gain an insight into how other educators viewed our education and how we facilitate our pupils' learning. We will be able to follow up to consider if our training helped our visitors make explicit links within contextualised learning.
Things we considered:
The cognitive processes
Enhance pupils' learning experience
Confidently identify and explore teaching points that promote social and personal development
Delivery of lessons which authentically link key concepts and learning processes
Embracing innovative approaches to learning within their own practice
Feeling confident enough to explore and reflect positively on own and others teaching in order to improve.
Take a look at some of our photos from our partners' visit to London
First Teaching and Learning Exchange
What learning opportunities can you see?
Day One : Monday 26th November 2018
Today our Erasmus Team had their first day at our partner school in Barcelona. They were welcomed by the Spanish Team and then met the team from Greece. The day started with the pupil ambassadors providing a guided tour of the primary part of the school. Our team then observed some amazing lessons and looked at how this school engaged their pupils in different learning activities. They experienced a traditional Catalan lunch where they were introduced to different foods and drinks. At the end of the day they were interviewed by the pupils, this was then broadcasted across the school.
Day Two: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Day two started off with our team watching some excellent cross curricular lessons at the Spanish school. They were inspired by the childrens’ creative skills in an art lesson. The children used the Trencadis technique to create book marks which will be sold at a later date. Trencadis is very traditional in Spain, it is very colourful and each piece created is unique. After this, the team watched presentations from the 5th grade, each one focussed on a different area of the world and included precipitation, native animals, local plants as well as other interesting facts.
At the end of the day, the team visited Sagrada Familia where they used this important monument to consider cross curricular teaching opportunities for our pupils back at William Bellamy.
Day Three: Wednesday 28th November 2018
The team had a guided tour of the Olympic Park in Barcelona, they looked at the origins of the Olympics including the religious links and how these games were introduced. This guided tour continued into the Olympic Games revival in Athens in 1896 and continued until the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Our team, along with our partner schools, considered ways of teaching the curriculum which could revive the Olympic Games while engaging pupils in their learning. The teams considered Religion, Art, Journalism, Geography, Sport/PE and Technology.
Day Four : Thursday 29th November 2018
Today the Erasmus + Team were lucky enough to observe some lessons in Catalan! They were presenting information to the Erasmus + team on the famous landmark outside of their school. The children were explaining to their peers about where the landmark is situated, the history of the landmark and how long it has been there for! The children were asked to think of a name for the landmark. The professionals then met to discuss the activities that had been observed. The team then discussed the planning for the next year and how this can be successfully implemented within the year. We looked at the planning and expectations within the different key stages and identified similarities and differences with these.
Second Teaching and Learning Exchange
What learning opportunities can you see?
Pride travelled with Miss Colley, Mrs Rose, Mrs Wiseman and Mrs Amiralry from London Luton Airport to Athens. He saw lots of different countries on his way and he was tired when he arrived! He has never visited Greece before and was excited to visit Athens, the home of the Olympic Games!
Day One: Monday 8th April 2019
We arrived at 2nd Primary School, in Greece. We were greeted by the head teacher and we were taken to the hall where the children in the 3rd, 5th and 6thgrade had prepared a performance for us to watch. They had prepared a power point presentation for us where it informed us about the history of the Olympic and Paralympics games. The children presented this in different cross-curricular ways - drama and music. We then had project time, where we met with the partner schools to discuss the itinerary for the teaching and learning exchange and discussed which aims and objectives of the project were being met. We exchanged passports from the children in the different partner schools! The children enjoyed writing these up and look forward to receiving more messages in the near future.
Day Two: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Today we visited Athens to explore different landmarks, including the Olympic Stadium which hosted the first ever Olympic Games! The different practitioners from the countries looked at the different famous landmarks and discussed how these can be used for teaching and learning opportunities within the classroom. We visited the Acropolysis and were lucky enough to have stood in the site as well as next to it! The cross-curricular links were amazing- we were discussing how we could link this famous landmarks with iall areas of the curriculum, especially History, Art and Design and Mathematics. The views were stunning! We talked about the history of the Acroplysis and how it was bombed! Did you know that a piece of this amazing landmark can be found in the British Museum in London? Once we finished, we went to visit the first ever Olymic Stadium. It was made out of the finest marble imported from a Greek Island! The stadium did not have any roof!
The Houses of Parliament was guarded by guards and the guard change happens at 11am every day! Outside there were lots of pigeons and people were even holding them! We bought some postcards so that we can plan some incredible learning opportunities for all of the children in our School.
Day Three : Wednesday 9th April 2019
We went to visit the Sounio where we visited ‘The Temple of Poseidon’. The Temple of Poseidon is a famous landmark situated in Sounio and lots of people visit this attraction every year. The Temple of Poseidon started in 1844. Did you know that Cape Sounio is the southernmost tip of Attica? It was designed by the architect Valerios Staes in 1830. It is a significant strategic point in the city of Athens! Take a look…
Day Four : Thursday 11th April 2019
Today we went to the school to see different lessons such as; Technology, Physical Education, Mathematics, History and English. We worked alongside the children in a technology lesson to make a car using Lego. We used the application ‘Scratch’ to programme and instruct our car to move! The children were extremely patient and helped the teachers when they were stuck.
The children in the 6th grade gave us a tour around the school. They were excited to show us all of their learning! We were able to visit all of the different classrooms and the children all said hello to us. There are only 226 children in the whole school! William Bellamy Primary School is nearly 5x bigger than the 2nd Primary School in Anevyssos! They asked us some questions such as; What is your name? Where do you live? What do you like about our School? What is your favourite colour? We saw the children playing volleyball and they were keen to show all of us their different throws! We went to visit the 4th grade and saw a History lesson. They reading the text in Greek and completed a reading comprehension in class. They were confident to translate this into English so that we could understand.
It was an amazing experience at 2nd Primary School in Anevyssos. We look forward to seeing all of their learning in the second year.