Erasmus + Project
Having taken part in three previous International Projects we were excited to find out that Tregoze has been awarded British Council funding for a three year Erasmus+ school partnership. We will work with Primary schools from Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. The project title is Fairytales, Fiction and Friendship – Bertie the Bookworm Finds Friends all Over Europe. The project is aimed at improving Literacy and Reading skills in a meaningful and purposeful way whilst teaching children to understand their place as citizens of Europe.
Our Erasmus+ Display April 2016
The display shows work and photos from all partner schools. It is a record of the work completed in schools and on the visit to Swindon in March 2016. There are examples of Bertie the Bookworm from several countries and examples of the Reading Aides made to help children with their reading.
Our Erasmus + Diary
Transnational Mobility to Swindon UK 12 – 18 March 2016
Our guests arrived throughout the day on Saturday. Our visiting children had already been in touch with their host families via email and Skype so everyone was very excited. The visiting children went off with their new friends and the teachers settled in to the hotel, just short walk from the school. Saturday evening was spent getting to know each other although most of us had met in previous projects.
We introduced them to the game of nine pin skittles. On Sunday the weather was kind to us and we went for a long walk in the Cotswold town of Fairford and stopped for a traditional English lunch. The children spent Sunday with their host families. Some of them spent the day in London seeing the sights. Others went swimming and did other activities with their host families.
Monday was spent in school and we held a welcome assembly for our visitors to kick start our project. The children and staff dressed up as a book character and each class did a short presentation about a favourite book.
We handed our project mascot Bertie over to our partners in Spain where he will stay until the next transnational mobility in June. The visiting staff toured the school, dropping into classes and watching lessons. After lunch the visiting teachers spent about 40 mins in every class sharing a popular story in their own language and English.
Tuesday was a very exciting day. We arranged a visit to Harry Potter World. During the walking tour the children saw how the special effects and animatronics are made. They went on the Hogwarts Express, saw how the props were made and of course saw the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s Office.
One of the highlights was the creature effects department where they saw more than 200 mythical creatures including elves, goblins and an 18 foot animatronic spider!
On Wednesday morning the project coordinators held their first Transnational Project Meeting. We exchanged work that had been completed between November and March. The children had designed a selection of aides to help with reading. Some had made bookmarks with instructions on how to help when children need support with their reading.
There were reading games, reading fans, a CD rom of posters and pen pal letters On Wednesday afternoon we took the hosts, visiting children and staff to our local church, St Mary’s which dates back to the middle ages. We looked at the monuments, murals and stained glass windows. We split into groups and wrote an acrostic poem using out senses and the children read their poems from the pulpit.
Thursday was another really full day. One of the next planned activities of our project is to look at the differences between a classic or popular book and how they are changed to make them into films or musicals.
We had the opportunity to see a new ‘gothic’ production of Sleeping Beauty and will compare it with the classic version most of us know and love. On the way to the theatre we stopped at Salisbury and had lunch in the Cathedral grounds.
Friday – Our visitors left at different times during the day. The hosts families and visiting children said their goodbyes and we hope they all stay in touch with each other.
We all agreed that we had spent a very enjoyable but busy week working on project based activities and felt that it had been a success and a great start to our three year project. We are all looking forward to the next transnational project meeting in June in Madrid.
The project ‘kicked off’ in November where staff from Tregoze attended a teacher’s planning meeting in Borkheide in Germany. Some of our children will get the opportunity to travel to our partner countries, stay in host families and work on the project. We will also be hosts to 16 visiting children and teaching staff at some point during the three years.
Fairytales – Fiction – Friendship
Bertie the bookworm finds friends all over Europe
During our three year project we want to develop our pupils’ reading competence which is one of the key skills in their education. Our five primary schools in England, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain will offer their children of all age groups different creative and child-friendly methods to motivate them to read more. We want them to realize that reading is a life skill that can inspire, help develop imagination and questioning, is important but most of all fun. We will make sure that children with specific difficulties and low motivation to read will be included to enhance their chances for a successful school education.
In surveys we will find out about the pupils’ reading habits, preferences and skills. They will vote for their top books and present them to the partner schools. Bertie the Bookworm will be our project mascot. He will travel to the partner schools carrying project results and observing project work. During the whole partnership we will motivate our children to read many books, comics and magazines, talk about them and read them to each other. Pupils will make their own bookworms which will grow in length with every book they read throughout the project.
Countries will exchange traditional stories, fairytales and legends from their culture with accompanying art work and versions written by the children. We will invite authors into schools and visit printing and publishing houses. Children will study promotion strategies to gain basic knowledge and impressions about the production and sale of the books we read. Children “go back in time” interviewing adults about what they read and played with when they were children, comparing their findings with today’s childhood and putting their results in “time machines”.
Pupils will choose and present their book heroes and invent their own hero, based on their personal values and ideas. In creative and cooperative work they will put them together in fantasy stories, design costumes and props for them and play their scenes on stage. They will dress up as their hero for a show during a mobility and compete in story based sporting activities. Through these different and motivating activities our pupils will improve their own reading skills in combination with other skills such as creative writing in their mother tongue and in English, researching about project topics, using media, presenting work, producing creative artwork and drama etc.
Direct contacts between our classes, individual children and teachers via the eTwinning portal will support language learning and intercultural education. Allowing our children to work, play, communicate and visit each other will strengthen their understanding of the everyday life of children, families and schools in other EU-countries. By taking part in transnational learning activities they will experience firsthand family life and culture by staying with host families, giving the children a real life focus and purpose for their project work. The students will get into contact with different European languages and use English as the project language for communication and presentation. These transnational activities will be intensive working time and highlights in our partnership, presenting and evaluating results and celebrating success.
For our teachers we will encourage an intensive exchange of teaching methods and styles and share good practice, especially in the fields of reading and literacy, project work, creative thinking and media use. Our teachers and children will cooperate closely, plan and carry out project work together and share its results. We will involve parents, local communities and other partners.
We will make progress and results visible on our project website, the regular Bertie Magazine and the eTwinning portal as well as in displays and presentations at school.
Finally we will sum up our outcome in a reading curriculum which will give guidelines and methods about how we can improve our pupils’ reading skills leading to a sustainable and high quality educational work.
Our Erasmus + Diary
Project meeting in Borkheide, Germany 18 – 21 November 2015 Teachers from Spain, Italy, Poland and the UK visited Hans Grade Primary School in Borkheide, Germany as part of our new 3 year Erasmus+ Project.
On Thursday morning our host school’s children welcomed us with an assembly celebrating the start of the project. The children showed us some story boxes they had been working on and presented the mascot, Bertie the Bookworm for the first time.
He was presented to the staff from the UK as they will be hosting the first transnational project He was also provided with his own aeroplane ticket to the UK!
The afternoon was spent holding our first project meeting where we swapped pen pal letters and shared the first phase of the project work completed by the children.
The children had done surveys about their reading habits, how often they read, for how long, favourite authors, characters etc. They also designed an alternative cover for their top five favourite books.
We spent Friday morning looking around the school. The older children took us round in groups and we spent time in classes watching our partner colleagues teaching. We had question and answer sessions with the children in English and we all really enjoyed it.
The music room was amazing and we were treated to an impromptu performance on the piano by one of the students. We were also very impressed with the science room and the amazing amount of equipment, especially the snake in the jar!
The Head Teacher and teaching staff at Hans-Grade School made us feel very welcome and we swapped a lot of ideas and different teaching methods. They are very much looking forward to visiting the UK in March 2016!