Conquering differences to find connections
About the project...
Celebrating where we live; proud of our local area, including everyone in the conversation of who we are.
This project will use collaborative art to explore the diversity and culture of our local area and to learn about the areas and cultures of other schools in London and Ireland. We want to expand the horizons of the children and their sense of place in the wider world.
We will be doing this project with a year 4 class in a school called Thames View Junior School; which is a large urban school on the outskirts of London. We will also be doing this project with an equivalent year 5/6 class in a school called Kilrane National School; which is seaside school in a large village in Ireland.
English: develop the habit of reading widely and often (for both pleasure and information), acquire a wide vocabulary, and develop all writing skills.
Art: to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Computing: use technology safely and respectfully when using online technologies.
Geography: understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom.
Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Writing: They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
Develop self-awareness as well as a feeling of belonging
Positively promote self-well-being
Further knowledge of British/Irish values
Extend children's knowledge of the world
First we are going to draw self-portraits with backgrounds of where we live to tell the other children a little bit about ourselves as well as our geographical environment. These will be sent to both schools and we will receive portraits back of their children.
Secondly we will partake in a video conference to introduce ourselves and find out who the children are behind the portraits.
Next we will write pen pal letters following meeting all the students from each school. Pupils will be able to decide who they write to base on their portrait and introduction in the video conference; this is so they can choose somebody they feel they will have something in common with.
Then each school will create videos of our local area. These will be shared on our eTwinning space as well as the school website.
Finally all schools will take part in a collaborative art project. This will be a large watercolour painting which will be spilt into 3 sections. Kilrane National School will start the project designing one third of the painting, next Thames Junior School will fill in the middle section of the painting and finally here at Thornhill Primary School we will finish the painting. The painting will then be blown up and be made into 3 copies for each school to display and enjoy as a way of remembering and appreciating this wonderful experience.
Outlined English, art, computing and geography skills to be developed
Developed self-esteem, well-being and sense of belonging
Increased pride for local area
Improved communication skills
Enhanced understanding of the world
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
This week we have been learning all about St Patrick’s Day and Ireland as one of our partner schools is located in Ireland and for them St Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration. To celebrate all our new knowledge KS1 made shamrock cookies for everyone in school. This involved following a recipe from a book we found in the library, carefully following the instructions, using our weights and measures knowledge to weigh out the ingredients and finally using our creative skills to shape the dough into shamrocks.
KS1 then had a little help from Reception as they made the green butter icing to go on top of our shamrock cookies.
Finally both children and staff enjoyed their shamrock cookies at the end of the day. This was a wonderful opportunity to share our learning with the whole school about Ireland as well as our eTwinning Project.
Walk around Thornhill
Now we know a little bit about our partner schools it's time we learned a little bit more about our own school and where we live. Reception and KS1 walked around Thornhill to gain a deeper understanding of where they live. We also did this so that pupils could start to think about their first piece of work which will be shared across all schools. Children walked in mixed pair spotting exciting sites that perhaps the other two schools may not have where they live e.g. fells such as Dent, Sellafield, the children's own houses, cycle track, views of the Irish Sea and Isle of Man etc... Students then drew a picture of where they live and wrote about why they are proud to live in Thornhill. This task was also inspired by the mayor of Copeland's current champagne: Pride of Place.
Researching our Twinned Schools
After informing the children of our project we thought it would be nice to do a little bit of research to find out more about the schools and the children we will be working with. We used the internet and the links above to explore the schools websites. Children then discussed the similarities and differences between the schools websites and our own, as well as commenting on the similarities and differences between the contents of the website and what the children in those schools have been getting up too.