Report of the meeting

Bristol 20th-24th REPORT

 

Bristol 20th-24th January 2014                         

Hand In Hand for a Wonderful Land

In January 2014, nine countries came together in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England and took part in their second Comenius meeting as part of their joint Environmental project – Hand in hand for a wonderful land.

The following actions were achieved:

Monday 20th January

  • Comenius partners arrive and were met and greeted by British hosts in the hotel. New Partners introduced themselves. All arrangements were made for the following day.
  • German and Hungarian students were met by host families at Wheatfield Primary school. Arrangements and contact information was exchanged with families, teachers and parents.

 

Tuesday 21st January

  • British partners collected Comenius partners and walked to Wheatfield Primary school, identifying local points of interest.
  • Children of Wheatfield Primary school traditionally welcomed all partners with international flags and red carpet along Wheatfield Drive.
  • Whole school assembly to introduce the partners to the students and vice versa; typical English assembly songs, eco song and school choir performed to the partners. The partners from each country introduced themselves and greeted the school in their language.
  • Partners met whole school staff – teachers, teaching assistants, deputy head teacher.
  • Year 6 students took partners on a guided tour around school, visited a variety of classrooms and lessons, partners had the opportunity to observe a typical lesson across the age range of 4-11 years old. Year 6 students answered questions about lessons, resources, environment. The Outdoor learning area was explored and the Playpod was explained .
  • Deputy Head teacher presented the English Education system to all partners.
  • Partners met school Active ambassadors, asked questions about theor role in school. The head of school services from the Local Education authority attended to commend the project and all involved. Local media – newspaper and journal reporters arrived for photos.
  • Partners were served a typical school lunch in the school hall.
  • Partners shared presentations of their school learning project on each environmental theme and pictures from each school were chosen for the Comenius calendar. German, Slovenian, Bulgarian and Hungarian students presented in English.
  • Partners and students rode on an open top bus to tour Bristol City.

 

Wednesday 21st January

  • Partners and students arrive in time for morning lessons and registration.
  • Partners met to discuss and evaluate use of communication methods between schools.

It was agreed that communication for pupils would be set up through a school email system as there were so many restrictions for social network sites. Dates, tasks and objectives for the project were agreed and finalised up until October 2014 mobility to Hungary.

  • Partners had another opportunity to observe lessons in school.
  • A traditional school English roast dinner was served to all partners in the school hall.
  • Partners met to present questionnaire findings from questionnaire sent out to students and parents in all participating schools in November.

Results were discussed and partners agreed that this helped them to identify areas for development in their school. We also suggested sending the same questionnaire out at the end of the project to compare the results with the initial findings.

  • Partners, teachers and students participated in a traditional English dance workshop, children celebrate their learning through performance including students and partners from participating countries.
  • Partners and students walked the local area to find out about the history and development of Bradley Stoke.
  • Partners and students plus teachers from Wheatfield invited to a traditional fish and chip supper and Bingo game.

 

Thursday 23rd January

  • Partners and students arrive for registration. Bus to Thornbury – a small traditional market town just outside Bradley stoke.
  • Return to Wheatfield school for traditional mid-morning for coffee and cake.
  • Partners and students and Year 4 pupils begin project to create planters from recycled materials.

Groups work in their home countries, planning and preparing designs to be made in the afternoon.

  • School lunch was served to all partners in the school hall.
  • Partners met to finish presentations and share ideas for future mobilities.
  • Whole school Farewell Assembly – presentations of certificates to teachers and students and English flags, songs and thank-yous.
  • Partners and students, teachers and host families invited to traditional afternoon tea at 3.30pm. N

Newspapers given to visiting countries, local radio interviewed visitors, project leaders and Headtaecher.

  • Final Farewells 
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