I’ve made it one of my goals this term to blog more regularly about the fantastic things that are taking place at our school. Today was another of those days when I had the opportunity to integrate technology and innovation to make the learning fun, exciting and different for the children in Clover class.
All year we have been regularly linking up with our friends in Room 104 of Georgetown Elementary school in Hudsonville, Michigan as part of an international project to share learning, social and cultural experiences and just enjoy talking to other children from around the world. Today was the last time we linked up as our friends in the USA finish for the summer on Friday. We’ve loved talking to them and learning about what they learn, where they live and how the weather differs! Here we all are for one last time in a Google Hangout together and we also asked and answered questions through CoveritLive.
Live Blog Westwood and Georgetown Final International Learning Session 2018
This week we went global at Westwood with Iford School with an international day focused completely on Christmas around the World. After the success of Clover class link up with Room 104 of Georgetown Elementary school on Wednesday, sharing Christmas traditions and wishes face to face, Thursday was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about how other countries celebrate Christmas.
All of the children throughout the school were put into groups and spent a session together with each teacher learning about how Christmas is celebrated in Germany, Scandinavia, China and Iceland. What was so lovely was that our school family worked so wonderfully together, supporting each other and enjoying the opportunity to work with friends that were both older and younger. The teachers all planned a super day for everyone that was enormous fun and so informative. My huge thanks to the staff for another brilliantly planned day and to the children for their outstanding behaviour and sense of fun. We all agreed this is something we would do again soon!
Here are some photos I was able to take of the children working together on International Day:
Today we took another step into Mystery Skype, a brilliant way to practice geography and map skills by live skyping someone from somewhere in the world, but not knowing where they are. Intrigued? We were too, but the children in Clover and Lotus class, who I was working with today, turned super sleuths. More information on #MysterySkype can be found on our website
Armed with atlases, Chromebooks and Laptops to access Google maps and a good level of questioning skill were able to narrow down our new acquaintance and Microsoft Innovative Expert, Ms Chaba to Gurgaon in India. What a fun time we had, along with some fabulous international learning and a good sharing of knowledge and facts as Ms Chaba kindly allowed us to ask her some questions in order to learn more about her home country. Our huge thanks to Ms Chaba for hosting and for a fun and enjoyable afternoon. Here we are in action today:
Today after school the hall was transformed into the most colourful and delicious smelling Ghana Cafe as Mrs Robertson and children from Orchid class worked hard and sold cakes, Ghanean themed fruit kebabs and drinks in aid of the Helen Hodgkins Trust – http://www.helenhodgkinstrust.org/
As a school we always try to support organisations and charities that make a difference to people’s lives and the Helen Hodgkins Trust is doing exactly that, by funding clean water projects in Ghana, where the quality of water is often full of germs and also hard to come by. Quite simply this would mean that with clean water lives would be saved and regular, clean water would be available, a basic need that we often take for granted. I am delighted to tell you that, thanks to your generosity once again, the children and Mrs Roberston have raised at least £100 for this brilliant charity. Thank you so much for supporting our school community, I do hope you had fun at the cafe – the atmosphere was lovely.
This year we have really reached out to further our international links and global audience and I can truthfully say that I feel we are far more connected than ever with children and professionals from around the world.
Today we held our last international day of the year with each class taking their own focus for learning and exciting learning. Thistle learnt lots of interesting facts about India and read a super elephant story and Clover class wanted to know more about Canada. Clover also had the opportunity to link up with Mr Hamilton and Grade 4 of Bayridge School in Kingston Ontario to learn face to face with our international friends, which was super fun.
In KS2, Lotus class looked at France once more and Orchid class focused on Ghana – they also have a cake sale coming up next week, so please come along to that to raise much needed funds for charity.
Everyone had such a fabulous international day and we have pulled everything together into s slide show below. The children also explained what they have been learning throughout the day. Do have a listen!
Today was our last chance to link up with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School, Hudsonville, Michigan, USA in Room 104. Clover class have loved talking to them this year and learning more about their school and what they like to learn. Sadly they finish for the summer on Friday but we took one last chance to meet up, share our holiday plans and to say good bye. Thank you everyone, we have really enjoyed meeting you and you have been great!
This week we had the opportunity to take part in some face to face learning once again with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School, Hudsonville, Michigan. In Monday’s assembly, I discussed with the children what sort of questions would be good to ask to share our culture, hobbies and information about our school. By Wednesday, when the whole school got together to share and answer questions, word had got around and we were delighted to be joined by the head teacher of Georgetown Elementary, Mrs Reagan and a few members of her staff how popped in to see us. It was another really lovely afternoon and a great example of there being no boundaries to learning. The children were fantastic and we all had such a fun time. If you would like to see what we did, please click below: