We are pleased to say that we have once again been successful in gaining funding for a European Project.
The new project will run from September 2018 – to August 2020 and is titled: Sharing our Past; Shaping our Future. The website is : www.sopsof.eu
Please read below about previous projects.
Our previous project ‘Play Together to Learn Together’, was a joint project between six European schools and was 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 were 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 encouraged 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 this project we 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 will be 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.
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.