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PROJECT MAGAZINE Children's Rights. ONE WORLD, ONE FUTURE SPAIN, POLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, ROMANIA, ENGLAND 2017 - 2019 … during our visit in Romania… With…
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PROJECT MAGAZINE Children's Rights. ONE WORLD, ONE FUTURE SPAIN, POLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, ROMANIA, ENGLAND 2017 - 2019 … during our visit in Romania… With this magazine we wanted to summarize the experience of five European schools working together with one main objective: to turn them into better places that help any child to reach their full potential, the “improved version of themselves”. You will find different sections including information about each one of the schools, the way they approached the activities planned as part of the project, the way these actions had an impact on their communities, … PARTNER SCHOOLS SPAIN Maestro Juan Alcaide public school is located in the outskirt neighbourhood of Valdepeñas, in the province of Ciudad Real in the region of Castilla La Mancha. We have 251 students ageing from 3 to 12. The school has a bilingual project since 1996, fruit of an agreement between Spanish Education Ministry and British Council. 2 The project aims at providing with bilingual and bicultural education to our students. Valdepeñas is a city that lives from different sources such as agriculture, industry and service sector, but the main business is the wine industry. Apart from that Valdepeñas has places such as hospitals, shops, theatres that are shared with other nearby towns. This entire situation helps create jobs and makes Valdepeñas into a lively place. Most of our students come from the surroundings of the school. Recently more and more students from other parts of the city or other cities want to come to our school to join our bilingual project. The bilingual project is not only bringing our students more opportunities to improve their linguistic abilities but also to have the opportunity to mix with other types of students. On the other hand, 4% of our students are immigrants at the moment. We have 5 different nationalities in our school. As for the students with learning disabilities, we have around the 7%. The school has been improving the resources lately to help these students thanks to government funding. These actions make it possible to better integrate these students. Families are more and more involved in the education of their children and in school life. http://ceip-maestrojuanalcaide.centros.castillalamancha.es/ https://www.facebook.com/Colegio-P%C3%BAblico-Maestro-Juan-Alcaide-105680719520389/ CZECH REPUBLIC The school is situated in the town of Písek (cca 35 000 people), there are six primary schools in the town. The school has two stages: stage 1 is for children from 6 to 11 and stage 2 is for children from 12 to 15. We have got 700 pupils and 41 teachers. Also four kindergartens are part of our school, the children are 3 to 6 3 years old. There are 81 pupils with special educational or behavioural needs in our school. They also have foreign pupils- there are 30 of them. The area is rural but there are some big factories nearby. There are some foreign companies here so the importance of language learning is really high. The school is really vibrant and the children and teachers are willing to work hard, to try new methods and to work together. The languages taught in our school are English, German, Russian and French. Children are very successful in sports – especially in handball and basketball. They do many activities for the children, such as language, skiing, cycling and touristic courses, project days on interesting topics. Children take part in language and knowledge competitions and they are very successful. All teachers are trying hard to support children in their activities. They also have the “Parents Welcome label”, bronze e-Safety Label, since 2013 we have had the Ecoschool label and the school joined the project “The Best Czech School”. The Mensa of Czech Republic is a partner of our school. Three years agothey started doing the Cambridge exams and children in the school were very successful. They also have a school magazine that has already won several prizes. www.zstylova.cz UNITED KINGDOM Bishop Loveday is a large, 2 form entry, village school. They have 405 children (aged 4 – 11) on role and currently employ 19 teachers and 45 support staff, including: teaching assistants, premises team, admin team and lunchtime supervision team. They also have a team of volunteers that regularly support the 4 school. Bishop Loveday is joining The Warriner Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in June 2017. There are currently 3 other village primary schools in the MAT. www.bishop-loveday.oxon.sch.uk ROMANIA No.5 Secondary School is a Public school, located in downtown Brasov. The school provides training and education for pupils aged between 6 and 14 years. Primary classes have 300 students aged between 6 and 11 years. The aim of our school teachers is to provide an education performance, to offer students equal opportunities in education, forming their key skills in an integrated perspective. Curriculum areas that students are studying are: communication in native and foreign language, math and science, history, civics, arts, sports, computer science and ICT. For 15 years school students and their teachers are involved in various national and international projects, gaining considerable experience in collaboration with teams from other countries. 5 www.scoala5bv.ro POLAND Primary School no 6 in Slupsk, Poland is the unit that specializes in teaching children at age 5-13. There are almost 400 students and about 40 teachers. The school is located in the city centre. A great number of the students come from difficult background. There are lots of problems that teachers have to deal with. The most common issues are very low financial status and lack of good behaving patterns in students’ families. All teachers want to help the students and satisfy their needs that is why a lot of action supporting their correct progress is undertaken. Of course, there are not only students with problems, but there are also a lot of students who gain success in different kinds of national and international competitions (sport, knowledge, drama, art). There are two sport groups of students: athletics and volleyball. This is a school with a strong tradition that teachers and students respect and are proud of. sp6.slupsk.net Priorities and Objectives PRIORITIES In accordance with Erasmus+ program features, our 6 main goal as strategic partnership is to develop a transnational collaborative network that allows us to share and contrast pedagogical ideas, practice and methodology. This partnership is oriented towards the acquisition of skills and competences to develop our students’ critical thinking. Children’s rights will be our nexus. This theme will be adapted to our particular contexts but will also foster peer-to-peer learning in a virtual environment. We will adopt a holistic approach to language teaching and learning building on the diversity found in our classrooms. In order to achieve the goal mentioned above, one of our aims is to strengthen our professional profile improving differentiation in the classroom and adopting collaborative and innovative practices through joint training activities.For the sake of granting children’s rights exercise, our project is cemented in the idea of inclusive schools. These schools foster the development of social, intercultural and civic competences together with critical thinking in order to achieve our students’ school success and equity enhancing social cohesion. We seek to make access, participation and learning success possible, especially for underachieving students in order to reduce learning results disparity. Inclusive schools strengthen collaboration among all actors within schools, as well as with families, and other external stakeholders, improve evaluation and quality assurance and promote networks among schools that advance teaching from a collaborative and holistic approach. OBJECTIVES 7 – to develop an international collaborative network that let us share and contrast ideas, practices and pedagogical methods. – to promote the acquisition of skills and competences (social, civic and intercultural) that develop critical thinking among our students by working on the topic “Children’s rights”. – to develop peer-to-peer learning activities, both for students and teachers, working in the virtual environment that eTwinning platform provides. – to generate emotional, social and compensatory strategies to improve language competence through the building of emotionally healthy classroom environments – to reinforce our professional profile through joint training activities addressed at two main aspects: differentiated education and collaborative and innovative classroom performances. – to make access, participation and learning success possible, especially for underachieving students in order to reduce learning results disparity by supporting our work on the motivation that collaborative and innovative methodologies provide. – to reinforce collaboration among member of our education communities aiming at better involving families in their children’s learning process. – to enhance both learning and teaching processes assessment. – to get to know other countries, in order to broaden our minds and to increase respect for other cultures and their costumes. Project Meetings FIRST TRANSNATIONAL MEETING November 2017 – Valdepeñas, Spain 8 The first transnational meeting took place in November 2017 in Valdepeñas (Spain). The aims of these first days of team work were to organize the whole project, to specify the activities for the current school year, to make decisions in relation to dissemination and communication. Local authorities met the representatives of the different schools, welcomed them and wish them success for the project. Apart from working, there was time for cultural sightseeing, food and wine tasting and souvenir shopping. The experience was awesome. Teachers from the five schools are perfectly in tune with each other; they share enthusiasm both for the project and for their work with children. FIRST TRAINING MEETING March 2018 – Slupsk, Poland Between March 11th and 16th, a group of 18 teachers from Czech Republic, 9 Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom travelled to Słupsk in Poland to visit Szkoła Podstawowa nr 6 im. L.Waryńskiego w Słupsku. The team led by Joanna Kowalewska organised a complete agenda of workshops so the visitors could learn about the innovative methodologies that are used in the Polish school. The first day of training, the different groups could see how teachers in the school from Słupsk teach Maths using Eduballs or an activity called Math detective in which students alternated games, music and motion, in order to provide the optimal condition for the practice of calculation. Teachers from the different countries could also assist to Music and Literacy lessons. On the second day, teachers kept working hard. In the morning they observed the work of teachers on different Polish language lessons and how older students work with the youngest kids in the school. The afternoon was dedicated to a talk on “Tutoring”: The speaker emphasized how this approach supports and dynamizes the development of children. The third day headed towards providing teachers with a deeper knowledge of Human Rights by visiting the European Solidarity Center and the Second World War Museum in Gdansk. This was a time for reflection and emotion. 10 The last day at school consisted of visiting other teachers and see how they work through therapeutic games. We also met the local authorities and inform them about our project and how it is changing the lives of our schools. All in all, a very useful and enriching meeting that all the teachers will remember. The Polish way of doing things is already leaving a mark on Czech, Romanian, English and Spanish schools. Poland, thanks for a wonderful week! SECOND TRANSNATIONAL MEETING JUNE 2018 – Písek, Czech Republic This second transnational meeting means we have now reached the equator of our Erasmus+ project “One world, one future”. Tylova school from Písek hosted the last activity this year. A member of the leading team from each school and the five contact persons for the project met in Czech Republic to reflect on the work we have done during this school year. Some things worked really well and there are some others that we will improve next year. This meeting was planned also to agree the activities that students, teachers and families will carry out during the last 12 months of project. There are many new and nice thigs coming! One of the aims of this project is to get to know other countries, traditions, customs and people. In our trip to Písek we were fortunate because we not only met wonderful people but also learned about the wonderful city České Budějovice and our senses were delighted by the splendid landscape of Zvíkov Castle. All this was possible thanks to the professional people in Tylova school from Písek. Special thanks to Pavlína Reinišová, coordinator of the project in this school. Dear project friends, we really enjoyed the week with you! 11 SECOND TRAINING MEETING November 2018 – Valdepeñas, Spain The second training meeting held in Maestro Juan Alcaide school in Valdepeñas (Spain) took place in November 2018. Teachers from Romania, Poland, Czech Republic and England spent three mornings in the school learning about the Spanish education system, the school methods and organization. The first day, children from school welcomed the teachers from the partner schools. This was a very emotional moment for everyone. Spanish students were very excited about the visit and European teachers couldn’t hide their excitement. Jane Ridley, the headteacher of Bishop Loveday School, trained the group in growth mindset (the understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed). During an afternoon session, teachers reflected on how growth mindset helps develop resilience, the importance of mistakes for learning and the positivity that this kind of mindset approach could provide to students. 12 Wednesday was a day for Neuroscience. Michael Thomas, primary teacher and expert in Neurodidactics talked about brain plasticity, the importance of sleeping, mirror neurons. He left us with one idea to think over “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” Local and regional authorities welcomed partners from the five schools in each meeting, teachers and education representatives discussed about the importance of values education. The regional minister of education highlighted the relevance of European Projects such as “One world, one future” to improve our education systems, innovate and broaden educators minds and possibilities. An intense week of training and sharing, always learning from each other that we will always remember. Spain, thanks for a wonderful week! THIRD TRAINING MEETING March 2019 – Brasov, Romania 13 At the beginning of March 2019 all the project partners met in a beautiful town of Brasov. It was the third teaching, learning meeting. We visited the partner school in the town. We also had the opportunity to join the lessons and work with the children. All of them were very nice. On the second day of our visit the children and teachers prepared the cross- park running. We really enjoyed this activity, although the weather wasn´t very nice that day. We also had the concert in the school and another one in the concert hall. We also visited the local authority in the town hall. It was a really nice meeting!One afternoon we also had the lesson with the university professor – it was called Superheroes! It was very interesting. The last day of our visit we had a trip. We visited two wonderful places: Rasnov Fortress and Bran castle. We travelled by bus to the mountains. It was very nice because in our country we don´t have high mountains. The weather was very nice and sunny and we saw beautiful things! In each place we had a guide who told us everything about the place. We really enjoyed being a part of Dracula´s story! Also the food in Romania was wonderful. We ate in beautiful restaurants and could enjoy the special food of this country.Romania, thanks for a wonderful week! Welcome at school! 14 THIRD TRANSNATIONAL MEETING JUNE 2019 – Bodicote, England This mobility was organized by our English friends. Their school is situated in Bodycote, England. This was the final meeting. We evaluated everything and we were talking about writing of the final report. We also made some nice trips. During this week we also had time to visit a beautiful place Startford upon Avon – the birthplace of W. Shakespeare. We were really sorry that the project had ended. But we did such a good job together! 15 In the following section of our magazine, you will find the impression that all of the five schools participating in the project got after being involved in the fulfilment of the activities through two school years. SPAIN – Valdepeñas Activity: Project logo competition in CEIP Maestro Juan Alcaide Description and impact: In this first part of our project children, families and teacherstarted to become aware of our role in this partnership. 16 After introducing the countries, students were encouraged to create a logo to be the emblem of this project. Our eldest students were especially motivated and created different works including images related to the ideas of unity, friendship, rights, … After selecting one logo from our school, people in our community participated in the selection of the winner among the five logos. The logo that has represented the project over these 2 years has been the one created by Marta Ramos Sotos, a student from our school. Picture of the activity: Activity: Our heroes – children’s rights defenders Description and impact: Throughout November and December, students from our school learned about children's rights defenders. Teachers and students learned about people who work or have worked for children's rights from different fields. 4 years old students and teacher Nieves met a group of people from Valdepeñas who work with children in need, they offer them support during the afternoons, they organise trips and many different activities with them to help guarantee their rights are respected. Feli led her 5 year olds to learn about „Doctor Sonrisas“, an organization that brings music, magic, fun and laughter to children in hospitals. Our special needs students worked with their teacher Lázaro to get to know people who have works related to children and help them approach culture such us children literature authors. After a research phase, our children created different presentations and works to pass this information on and share their knowledge with the rest of students and people involved in this Erasmus+ project. Picture of the activity: 17 Activity: Radio Podcast about children’s rights Description and impact: Our third activity took place between February and March 2018. Spanish students prepared some podcasts related to articles 12, 13 and 14 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has been a very exciting activity; children made some research and wrote their radio program scripts. The children from Maestro Juan Alcaide school were really motivated with this part of the project. Many of them took part in this activity: 5 year-olds with teacher Ana, Sheyla, Ruth, Álvaro and Héctor with teacher Lázaro, Year 5 with teachers Ana Belén and Amalia... The support of other teachers was essential to be able to carry out this activity: Ana Gloria, Rafa and Maribel helped recording and editing our podcasts. Anyone interested in listening to our podcasts will find them all on our radio website www.ceipmaestrojuanalcaide.oyemiradio.com. Pictures of the activity: 18 Activity: Antibullying performances Description and impact: Over January and February, students from our school reflected on bullying: what it is, how bullies and bullied students feel, what they ca
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