Snow Dog trail with Swedish teachers
Today 8 Year 6 pupils accompanied 4 Swedish teachers who are visiting our school on a Snow Dog trail of the local area. We managed to find 37 in total. We visited the Angel, Millennium bridge, Quayside, Tescos, Central Library and the Sage.
How many have you found so far?
International School Award presentation
Adam and Kyla from Year 4 went to the Tyneside Cinema with Mrs McCartney today to receive The International School Award. It was presented by Dr Niall McCann, a biologist and explorer. He told us all about his work and adventures.
Last Comenius Project Meeting in Poland
During the half term holiday, teachers from The Drive attended the last Project Meeting in Poland for our 2 year Comenius project funded by the British Council. We went to visit the Polish school we have been working with and meet the teachers from the other European countries involved. Pupils prepared a welcome presentation for us. During the week, we worked in school along with pupils and other teachers, as well as visiting some beautiful towns nearby. On Thursday, we were taken to visit Auschwitz. It was an amazing experience and not one to forget. It was very sad to think that so many people (6 million) had lost their lives here during the Second World War.
Comenius Project meeting in Manargat, Turkey
The focus of the Comenius project meeting was to share information about 2 authors from each European partner. The products shared were in the form of bookmarks. A display of all the bookmarks received are on display in the entrance hall.
On Friday 26th September everyone in school celebrated European Day of Languages. Pupils in each class studied facts about a chosen European country,learned some simple words and tasted food typical of the country. We now have a lovely display in the hall about each country
Comenius Project meetings have taken place this year in Portugal, Sweden and Czech Republic. Pupils from our school have researched and prepared a variety of information and materials for me to share and give to the other European schools attending the project meetings. This has included recipes leaflets for festival foods (Year 3 and 4), leaflets and powerpoints about local and national scientists ( Year 5 and 6) and local folk songs- The Lambton Worm (Year 2 and 3)
Last week 28 teachers from 14 different European countires came to visit us as part of our new Comenius project "A rainbow of cultures " which is sponsored by the British Council. They had a fabulous time in school. The Mayor of Gateshead came to our first assembly. Pupils in Year 6 made special presentations about the local landmarks in Gateshead-The Baltic, Millenium Bridge, The Sage and The Angel of the North. Each country made a small film or presentation about their country and school which they showed to all the pupils in assembly. Everyone listened intently. They also worked in the classrooms with the pupils to see how we learn at school as well as teaching in some of the classes.
On an afternoon they went to visit some local sites and took lots of photos to show their pupils when they go back to their schools.
We were awarded the International School Award again in September 2011 which lasts for 3 years and celebrates all of the international work we do in school across the year.
We have just found out that an application we made to the British Council to forge international links with pupils in Europe were successful. The Comenius project is called "A Rainbow of Cultures. " We are glad to be welcoming teachers from schools in Poland, Portugal, Spain (Gran Canaria), Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, French Reunion Islands, Turkey, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria.
They arrive on Monday 4th November and stay for a week. During that time they will be working in school to teach pupils about their country and town, school life and festivals and customs as well as teaching us some simple words, as well as taking them to see local landmarks.