European Project: Erasmus
We are delighted that once again we have been successful in gaining funding for a European Project.
This project will run from September 2018 until August 2020 and is titled: Sharing our Past; Shaping our Future. Children have visited Spain, Poland, Finland and Croatia to date, and it was during our visit to Croatia that we were greeted with a song written especially for the project, which you can watch here or listen to by clicking the media player below:
Please visit our project website to find out more: http://www.sopsof.eu
Between 2009-2014 our school took part in two successive Comenius projects. These were projects set up between four or more European schools with clear project aims. Each school was visited by the other members of the project in order to learn more about school practices, different cultures and traditions, share pupil experiences and enhance foreign language skills.
The projects were both coordinated by our school and during the second one, we were also fortunate to be able to take 3 pupils to a school near Bordeaux in France and to receive 3 pupils here at Sherborne.
This project was named ‘Mother Earth – Our Europe, our future’ and had the nickname ‘Pachamama’ (Mother Earth) for short! Through working together on this project our pupils developed their language skills and thought a lot more about our environment and the challenges that face people in different countries. We developed new practices of recycling and built a ‘Comenius Garden’ in the grounds to grow plants from the partner countries and to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife.
Our project ‘Play Together to Learn Together’, was a joint project between six European schools and is funded by the European Commission. It was a three-year project running from September 2014 to the end of August 2017. It was designed by school teachers to help our students make better progress in their literacy and mathematics skills and to help support the progress of those students who are disadvantaged for a variety of reasons. The idea of the project was for these students to work with staff and students from their European partner schools, to produce educational games which will encourage the development of their social, emotional and academic understanding.
The project proposal was written by Mrs. Ellis and she was the project coordinator for the six schools. It was a privilege to be involved with such a project as only a proportion of project proposals are accepted and funded each year. Through our project, we not only benefited from staff and pupils visiting our school and teaching in our school but have had the experience of teaching across Europe and gave our Year 6 pupils the opportunity to visit Poland and to experience Polish schooling and culture first hand.
In June of 2017, we welcomed all our project partners to Sherborne for the final meeting – it was an excellent five days where pupils played all the games made during the project and took part in lessons given by our project partner staff.
If you click on the project logo above, you can find out all about the schools involved and the activities we were working on together. You will be able to see photographs, watch videos or read updates about the project as it progressed. We hope you will learn something about the countries involved and be able to see how much the children can benefit from working with others across Europe.