Sunday, 27 September 2015

Comenius Meeting Sweden Thursday 4th June 2015

Comenius Partnership 2013-2015 On the Wings of Friendship
Minutes from Meeting Thursday 4th June

Present partners from: Sweden, France, Italy, England
Notes taken by:  Emma Gorman
Meeting Opened: 1300
Meeting Closed : 1800

    Sharing of Travel Logs / Carnet de Voyage

England: Children from Nursery to Year 6 took part in a local study of local rivers, Dartmoor and the school environment and created a travel log of their learning. Nursery – Water, Reception – Rivers, Year 1 – Whole Comenius journey linked to the journey of the river, Year 2 – Coast and the seaside, Year 5 – Dartmoor. The travel logs included examples of the children’s writing, artwork, geography and poetry. England also presented to Sweden a wooden box containing artefacts from Dartmoor and a recording of a child’s story which played when the box opened. On top of the box was an Aurasma.
Sweden: Printed a book telling the story of the character of Zlatan who travels with a football through all the countries and eventually scores the winning goal! Children (4 and 6 years old) painted pictures and made nests. The travel logs included the story that had been written especially for the project which was illustrated by the older children from the pre-school.

Italy: 5 classes each produced a different travel log based around the whole two years of the project. This included: the migration of the swallow and the crane; the planning of the logo; letters to and from the English pen friends; pictures from a festival of dances with a dance from each partner country and the bird games that the children had designed. The travel logs included examples of children’s writing, artwork and pictures from geography field trips. Italy also shared that there was a film for each project that was available on their website.

France: One travel log with three stories – ‘Three little books for a long journey’
1st story: Made by 4 year olds – each page contained single words in French and English that are linked to the project which were then illustrated by the children. There was a page for each country.
2nd Story: Made by 5-6 year olds – A crane’s journey across all the partner countries. Contained illustrations, images and artefacts from each country collected throughout the project
3rd Story: The crane in Sweden. Each page contained images that had been taken from the first visit.

France (Luc): Find the crane! Based on one of the children’s favourite class stories. Sandra the crane starts from Sweden to reach France and goes through Italy and England. On each page was an image that the children had selected from photographs that had been taken throughout the projects visits to each partner country. The reader has to find the picture of the crane which is hidden on each page.
2nd book: Based on the idea that a crane flew over the school and a feather fell down. When you picked it up, the feather told the story of the journey of the crane who flies through each partner country. Mireille will send this as soon as it is complete.

    Writing the final report for the project. All partner countries to complete. One section ( section A)  of the form needs to contain the same information for each country.
    All countries to complete a survey using ‘Survey Monkey’ analysing the responses of children and teacher from the partner countries about the project. Most countries have completed. Kate Lee to collate the responses and analyse the results and produce a final report.
    All partner countries to submit the final report by September and publish a description of the project on to the EST website. This needs to be a ‘Selling Summary’ of 250 words containing concrete examples. E7 also needs to include examples of how the original plans changed and why (France to lead on this). E8 needs to include examples communication. E10 conclusions including examples and summary from the survey. E5 all about the key competencies

    Things to include in final report to ensure all the original objectives are illustrated and examples are given:
- What the children have learnt about Europe
- What the children have learnt about the partner countries
- What the children have learnt about birds and the local environment
- What the children have learnt about art
- What the teachers have learnt from visiting the schools including new technologies
- What value has been added to the project by working with partner countries

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