Our project ‘Play Together to Learn Together’, is a joint project between six European schools and is funded by the European Commission. It is a three year project running from September 2014 to the end of August 2017. It has been 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 is for these students to work with staff and students from their European partner schools, to produce educational games which will encourage development of their social, emotional and academic understanding.
The project proprosal was written by Mrs Ellis and she is the project coordinator for the six schools. It is 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 have 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 given our Year 6 pupils the opportunity to visit Poland and to experience Polish schooling and culture first hand.
In June of 2017 we will be welcoming all our project partners to Sherborne for the final meeting – it promises to be an excellent five days where pupils will play all the games made during the project and take 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 are working on together. You will be able to see photographs, watch videos or read updates about the project as it progresses. 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.
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.