Sunday, 27 September 2015

Comenius Meeting Italy Wed 24th Sept 2014

Comenius Italy Sept 2014 Meeting 1 Wed 24th Sept 2014
Location : Dante Aghileri
Notes taken by : Kate Lee

Item 1 Sharing Games
Each country had created games as part of the project and the first part of the meeting was sharing these games.
Each country exchanged their games with the other partners and explained how the children had made their games.

Item 2 Update on the project in each country

France
Children in all 3 schools had worked to produce games for the project.  Some of these are cross curricular and focus on skills such as Maths as well as language and learning about birds.

Sweden
In the Summer term, Swedish partners held an exhibition for parents to celebrate the project and show them all the different parts of the project.  Parents were very impressed by what the children and the project had achieved.
In the Autumn term the project has continued and children have prepared presents to share with the partners at this visit.
The children have re-enacted the journey of the cuckoo and learnt a lot about this.
Children have also made nesting box models using corks

Italy
Peacock Story - Didapages.  The Italian partners had created a bilingual Italian / English didapages book with a story about a peacock that had been written by the children.  The book has the text, an audio version of the story and also some activities to go with it.
The Italian pupils had been busy preparing for the Comenius visit and welcomed us with music and singing.

England
Children in Years 5 and 6 ( 9-11 yrs) had worked independently in teams to produce the games for the partner schools.  Each game has a bird theme and the children investigated other games so that they could ensure their bird games were suitable for the younger children in the project. The children had to plan and carry out the project on their own and this was part of "welcome week" . At Shiphay, the first 2 weeks of the Autumn term are known as "welcome weeks" .  These are off timetable and are focused on developing team work skills, settling children into new classes and giving them time to get to know each other and their new teachers.
The children from Shiphay had also written letters to their Italian pen friends, telling them all about their Summer holidays.  This gave them a real purpose for their learning and they are hoping that they will be able to keep in contact with their pen friends  throughout the year.

Item 3 Intermediary Report
All 4 countries have submitted their interim reports and received confirmation from their local agencies

Feedback from French authority
Advice from the French agency is that the project needs more press coverage and that the website needs to be updated regularly to show how the project is progressing.
           Action- each country to update the website with photos and texts about the project so far. (All partners)
           Action - each country to keep the website up to date throughout the rest of the project. ( All partners)
           Action - √Članore will send instructions for putting film on the website ( Italy -as soon as possible )

Item 3 Self Evaluation
           Kate to write a questionnaire for Comenius  self evaluation and circulate this to all schools.  Each partner will have the opportunity to review and add their thoughts to the questionnaire so the the final document can be prepared at the March meeting.
           At the March meeting we will agree the final document and decide how this will be presented to the children. The evaluation will allow each school to gather data about the impact of the project.
           Action - Kate to prepare first draft of the evaluation document ( Kate - end of October)
           Action - each partner to review the draft and add their comments ( All partners - before March meeting)

Item 4 4th 5th  October - European Day of Migration
All partners will celebrate this in their own country on or near the day.


Item 5 Skype communication
           Week of 10 Nov arrange for children to have some face to face contact - a class to talk to each other. England will take the lead in organising this and ensuring the tests have worked.  If it is not possible for all 4 countries to Skype at once, England will organise a timetable of Skype calls.
           Technicians from each partner country to test the Skype connections by the end of Nov
           Mon 10 Nov - test connection
           Thurs 13 1030 (9:30 in England) for real communication
           Focus for the Skype call :  Feedback from the games / children to prepare 3 questions about school in the partner countries.

           Action - England to arrange a test of the Skype calling to make sure the connections work ( by end of October)
           Action - England to prepare timetable for Skype calling ( England)
           Action - All partners to play games and prepare feedback and questions ready for the Skype call ( all partners - before Nov 10th)


Item 6 Aesop Fables
The Italian partners have prepared a Didapages version of the Aesop fable, the Fox and the Crane.  It was decided that this would be turned into a multi lingual resource.  Alberto will take responsibility for creating the book if partners end him the audio and text files he needs.
           Action Each country to find text of wolf and the crane Aesop fable and ask the children to read aloud. Send text, pictures and audio files (mp3) to Alberto to add to story.  ( all partners - end of December)
           Action - Alberto to finish didapages book ( March meeting ) 

 Item 7 Christmas Greetings
           Each country will send a card or decoration ( or something else that we create) to wish each other Merry Christmas.
If the Skype session is a success, we will Skype again nearer to Christmas to wish each other Merry Christmas and also for each partner school to sing a Christmas song.

Website Actions
           Action- each country to update the website with photos and texts about the project so far. (All partners)
           Action - each country to keep the website up to date throughout the rest of the project. ( All partners)
           √Članore will send instructions for putting film on the website ( Italy -as soon as possible)

Self evaluation actions
           Action - Kate to prepare first draft of the evaluation document ( Kate - end of October)
           Action - each partner to review the draft and add their comments ( All partners - before March meeting)

Skype actions
           Action - England to arrange a test of the Skype calling to make sure the connections work ( by end of October)
           Action - England to prepare timetable for Skype calling ( England)
           Action - All partners to play games and prepare feedback and questions ready for the Skype call ( all partners - before Nov 10th)

Didapages - fox and crane actions
           Action Each country to find text of wolf and the crane Aesop fable and ask the children to read aloud. Send text, pictures and audio files (mp3) to Alberto to add to story.  ( all partners - end of December)
           Action - Alberto to finish didapages book ( March meeting ) 

Christmas Actions

Each country will send a card or decoration ( or something else that we create) to wish each other Merry Christmas

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