Following the success of their last Comenius project which ended last April, and involved eight schools from across Europe exploring the theme of heroes and champions, Tregoze Primary School is submitting an application for another pan-European project to broaden the horizons of pupils and staff alike.
The theme for the next two years is movement – examining how people, ideas, and goods move about, and how movement impacts on health, fitness and the environment.
Tregoze Comenius organiser Sue Adkin said: “We hope to raise children’s awareness of how we are so connected with each other.”
Teachers from 9 schools came together in mid-January to begin planning the project, and each took away tasks to complete. English will be the common language but Tregoze will make a dictionary of common words and idioms across participating languages. The Polish school will build a web site, and the French are creating a common format for presenting work from each school
The project application will be submitted by the end of February and the partners will hear by early July whether they have been successful in securing funding. The last project received a 99 per cent approval rating by the adjudicating body, consisting of experts representing all the national award agencies of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
Although the logistics of fitting in visits to all participating schools is very challenging, especially given all the different holidays, the project team have learned that enabling children to travel and spend time visiting their partner schools enriches their experience significantly.
Sue said: “It took a lot of organisation to take children from England to another country and there was some uncertainty from parents. “We took three children to Sweden in June 2010 and they had a wonderful time. By the end of the project we had taken children to Italy and Romania and ten came to the final large gathering in Germany last June. There were no problems – they had a very rich experience.”
German teacher Heidi Barucki who is coordinating the application said: “It was amazing to see how the children mixed together. Perhaps they couldn’t understand each other’s language but they just got on and learned from each other very quickly.”
Above, a small part of the planning team at Tregoze in January, from left, Corinna Kuring, Sue Adkin, Frances Collins, bid coordinator Heidi Barucki