Zuhtupasa Primary – Istanbul Turkey, Miron Costin – Bacau Romania, Portella della Ginestra – Sicily Italy, Beatrix Potter – Earlsfield London
Fairy Tales Myths and Legends
This project commenced in 2018 and will continue into 2020. It is based on the title above but will encompass more than just this. Teachers will travel to each country and take part in school lessons, cultural events and visits. This is an opportunity for teachers to share the theme, link classes and students and discuss educational issues faced by each country. To highlight just how complex and detailed this must be here is the outline of the first meeting that took place in the UK: UK Meeting details
Our first meeting in the UK was the first time partners had met and was an opportunity to discover just how much we have in common and an opportunity to grow the partnership for the benefit of the children. The gallery is just a snap shot of the meeting and the visits that took place.
One of the tasks was to create a logo for each partner, so each partner held its own competition. Here a gallery of the final selection. Romania were asked to design the projects overall logo to be used alongside our own.
Each country would have its own display of the project:
Our second meeting was in Bacau Romania. Five of us from the UK attended. It is not a country that one would immediately visit.
It was a unique and revealing experience ranging from the partners school to Salt Mines and Spas and Dracula’s Castle. Again just a snippet of the five days there. (More pictures are on display in school)
Detailed discussions took place about the project. Turkey are going to co-ordinate our dictionary creation based on words around the theme. Two magazines printed and on line will spread the message about our work. An e book on the theme will collate 3 or 4 stories from each partner country. We will also share our countries festivals commencing with Winter and Christmas. We also intend to create lesson plans for others to use. In the UK we are going to add information on Bram Stoker with his use of the Romanian folk hero Vlad Tepeche, or as Bram Stoker named him Dracula.
Our Third Meeting was in Sicily.
Covid and Our Partnership
The pandemic has impacted on all our partners. Italy was seriously hit from the start of the pandemics spread. As each country dealt with containment schools were directly impacted with closures and a range of partial openings. National and Local Government concerned at lost education asked schools to home school where they could. The UK was better placed for this, bur even here problems arose. Our project effectively froze in place. We remained in contact as the pandemic developed and now in Feb 2021 we await news from each partner on the direction they are moving. We aim to retain our links, the UK will no longer be in Erasmus so children will no longer be able to have such amazing exchanges as now. The replacement option barely mentions primary. However BP is an International school and through our own efforts we will continue to unite the children of our world.
Our direct international cooperation provided participants to expand their teaching, to offer hands-on knowledge, to exchange ideas and methods creating innovative tangible outputs. It lead to the internationalization and development of our educational systems and school curricula, integrating transnational tools and teaching methods Through the partnership before covid student literacy skills were developed encouraging students to read more, to expand their vocabulary and knowledge, building a solid base for their social development and for creating a better society. Students were empowered to act as active citizens, cultural ambassadors of their countries as they actively involved themselves in creating the project’s products . By creating presentations and stories they improved their ability to synthesize information, research and gained relevant discovery skills.
The project was designed in such a diverse way that it addressed the styles of learning and organisation in partner schools, this is why we were confident that students with fewer opportunities found activities they could get involved and through which they brought their own contribution. Encouraged to participate to the project activities, attending workshops, creating presentations and Erasmus+ corners. Project club and cultural workshops were organised in various ways that suited each partners educational system. The projects peer to peer education at the school level and also at an international level was a success and would have developed further.
The concrete results we produced were;
- logos of the project, a main all partner logo and individual partner logos.
- Erasmus+ corners
- presentations of the schools, cities and countries involved in the project
- presentations of national fairy tales, legends, myths and stories
- digital stories
- an exhibition to promote the materials produced
- scripts suitable for Puppet plays
- dictionaries to sg=hare common words in mother tongue
- 10 lesson plans
- school webpages of the project
- promotional materials on Erasmus
We created teaching materials that boosted teachers’ motivation to use digital and non-digital innovative practices, helping pupils to acquire key competences needed for living in our diverse societies. The activities fostered social cohesion, developing literacy skills, creativity, innovation, ICT skills, social cultural competences, civic spirit, intercultural skills and the learning to learn competence. The results of our strategic partnership reflected each participants’ learning experiences. We aimed to motivate other actors of the educational system and other people interested in organizing events, to use our materials adapting them to their own needs. This was achieved with varying degrees of success.
For Great Britain Erasmus has ended as Brexit arrived. However the strong ties with colleagues in Europe remain and our work in partnership has created a bond that will last. Erasmus may have gone for great Britain but partnerships in many other ways will continue.