Highnam C of E Primary Academy are involved in an exciting Erasmus+ project called ‘Coding in a Cultural Europe’.
This is funded by the EU and allows us to create partnerships with schools across Europe – specifically from Turkey, Poland, Spain, Lithuania and Croatia. Miss Coldrick, Mrs Hazelden and Miss Cooney have already visited the school in Turkey in November 2018 and it was great to meet the other teachers involved, spend time in the school and make a start on the project.
This project lasts for two years and will allow children from all six schools to work on activities that aim to further their awareness of other countries and cultures as well as develop their computing and coding skills. Further information about Erasmus can be found on https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk
The funding for this project allows us to take a small group of Year 6 pupils to travel to some of our partner schools. These visits will last for five days (usually Sunday/Monday – Friday) and will include time spent in the school and with other children as well as some organised trips to places of interest.
Ocejón Bilingual School, Guadalajara, Spain
Osnovna skola Julija Kempfa, Pozega, Croatia
Suadiye Ortaokulu, Kocaeli, Turkey
Revuonos" pagrindine mokykla, Prienai, Lithuania
Szkola Podstawowa, Ziebice, Poland
Highnam C of E Primary Academy, Gloucester, England
The project is designed to build a shared curriculum of good practice to develop computational thinking and digital skills, help children learn together how to code and build their own programs, and develop computer science, information technologies and digital literacy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The main idea underpinning our project is that by teaching computational thinking to it will help the children to go from being technology consumers to technology producers, in order to become central in the process of building their own knowledge and their own future. We would also like to develop respect of the culture and traditions of each country, preparing activities in order to learn about and understand the culture in each country (customs, buildings, sculptures, paintings, musicians, landmarks, etc.).
As well as visits to each of the schools (visits to Turkey and Spain will be staff training; visits to Lithuania, Poland, Croatia and England will involve visits for children), we have planned activities to carry out in school during the two-year project. For example:
- We will hold an annual European Day to spend time learning about other countries and cultures from across Europe.
- We will practise and develop our computing skills through use of tablet apps, audio and ebooks.
- We will take part in joint projects involving coding and programming (including Bee-Bots, Scratch Junior and Scratch, Lego WeDo, Kodu, Kahoot,) and then feedback to the other schools and share our learning.
- The children will make presentations about our country, local area, school and education system to be shared with partner schools.
- We will carry out projects (including a home-learning project) on our partner countries.
- Year Five and Six will learn Spanish with a specialist language teacher.
- Communication between children and teachers will take place through letters, emails and skype.