Hardwick Primary School: Derby Schools Linking Project
Developed via the Derby Schools Linking Project, Hardwick Primary is a multicultural school in an urban locality with a significant number of EAL children. We sought this link through Global Education Derby to allow the children to explore and celebrate similarities and differences with their peers. The children have already shared 'I am' poems to introduce themselves and the class created some 'Curiosity Questions'. They then went to Pride Park in mid November to meet the children from the other school and share in team building and ice breaker activities with them. After that, they wrote in a whole class reflection book and were due to engage in project work later in the year. The plan is for this link to continue.
Grundschule Trier Quint
The link was developed with the help of UKGermanConnection. The schools took part in the UK German Connection Bears Project with Mrs Freeman teaching all children from Y2-6 German in language lessons for at least three weeks and for some, the entire half term. The children also learned about Germany and our link school, exchanged video and powerpoint presentations about their schools, letters about themselves, posters comparing aspects of life and culture and even sent each other their favourite sweets to try. The school had a Tshirt competition to design a T-shirt for Alex the German bear highlighting their favourite aspects of English culture and values and the children researched and investigated their own questions about the school and Germany - we then sent a bear with 4 exchangeable t shirts representing British culture. We continue to be in touch and hope to do some joint project work around the sustainable development goals this academic year.
St Barnabus Primary School, Uganda
In summer 2016 Mrs Sarah Rowe, Walton Primary School's headteacher, met Daniel, a member of the Masaai tribe in Kenya and invited him and some of his friends to visit our school to share with the children some of the traditions of the Masaai tribe as well as to elements of Kenyan culture. During the first visit from the Masaai, they explained that the nearest government school was 7km away from their village and that the route to this school was along wild animal trails, too challenging for the younger children to manage, so, in order that all children have access to education, they built their own village primary school in Oloika, a simple tin hut with no doors or windows; they fund this school through the money that Daniel and his group collects during their visits to the UK. Mrs Rowe and Daniel kept in touch and Daniel and his friends visited again in Spring 2017 after which the school did a PE activity carrying water over a set distance in which we also raised funds for the Oloika school. Over the course of the academic year 2018-19, our year 3-4 class wrote emails to Uganda, asking them questions about their daily school life and telling them about ours. They also painted Ugandan landscapes in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. This introduced the children to a less stereotypical image of Africa and the animals that live there. They did their own research using books, atlases and the internet about Uganda and wrote information texts based on their findings. The link school in Uganda hand wrote some letters back to us. The letters answered our children’s questions and gave us more information about what daily life is like for the children in Uganda and we also did a project comparing water use, sharing diaries about what our families use. We have tried to include lots of curriculum areas in our link work and in music the squirrels class videod themselves singing nursery rhymes and our Ugandan school sent us a video of them singing too. In Foxes they have been learning Djembe and Samba drumming this year and we have shared this with our friends in Uganda. Excitingly. we found out in February that we have successfully got a British Council Connecting Classrooms grant for a reciprocal visit to Uganda with local Cluster schools so are busy planning project work around the sustainable development goals (some of which is attached above).
Maasai Message of Thanks
In May 2017, we all helped to raise money for the Maasai villagers who came to visit us last year. Kenya is suffering from a drought and the local school needed a supply of water and food to remain open for the school children. We held a sponsored walk carrying buckets of water and our water bottles around our school field. We raised over £300!
We received this note of thanks from Daniel, a Maasai village warrior.
"We are so humbled to know we have very special friends, all the money you collected went to a very special project, on behalf of all the children you helped, directly or indirectly, I say thank you very much, you may not be there to see the impact you made in their lives, You have changed their lives positively forever, your gift of food and water allows the school to remain open during the drought, and the education you gave them can never be stolen or wear out, you have opened their eyes for them to see a brighter future, most of the families could not have managed this by themselves that’s why I am so touched, this is a gift for the whole maasai community, again on behalf of all those children and their families who otherwise could not access the internet, I again say a huge thank you, this will remain with us for ever"