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UK school: Crossgates Primary School, Rochadale, Greater Manchester, England
Age Range: 5 - 15
Project Title: Our Colourful World
Teacher: Kathryn Alker’s project description
The main aim of the project 'Our Colourful World' was to address 'Inclusion & Equity' in our schools, through an exciting & challenging programme of activities and training. Our partnership was committed, through a number of effective strategies, to meeting the specific needs of our pupils, regardless of social background, ethnicity, and learning disabilities.
LINKS TO PROJECT OUTCOMES
PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY
We were entirely successful in enabling & facilitating high quality learning for all pupils by: focusing on each student’s potential, adapting activities to students’ learning styles & providing a variety of materials & teaching strategies.
1. Presentation - 'George & the Dragon'. The learning of script & dialogue was carried out in whole class English lessons & dances, songs, poem/percussion sound picture & recorder playing were all supported in class music lessons.
2. E-book & documentary - The field work i.e. filming for the documentary & guided tours of our locality (with a professional tour guide & incorporating subject areas such as history, geography & RE) were arranged during school time & had the support of class teachers in terms of preparation & follow-up.
3. Podcast 'Joint Story Telling' was completed during English lessons by class teachers in steps, involving: writing the story in whole class & group guided writing lessons or, in yr6, as an assessed piece of writing, 4. QR codes & pages presented in publisher for the e-book were all carried out in class ICT lessons.
5. Letters, on a one-to-one basis, were exchanged with our partner school in France, the content of which was based on themes being studied in French lessons at the time. Pupils were involved in the planning, execution and evaluation of all activities, thus developing skills in terms of independence, decision-making, creativity and communication both in English and MFL.
COMMUNICATION COLLABORATION AND EXCHANGE BETWEEN PARTNER SCHOOLS
1. The planning & implementation of activities & tasks through discussions at meetings
2. Taking responsibility for delivering specific aspects of training, during project meetings, to ensure all participants were able to deliver the teaching of necessary skills for our outputs e.g. how to make an magazine/e-book, create a podcast, produce QR codes, upload materials to eTwinning etc.
3. Staff collaboration & cooperation, including discussions & presentations at almost every meeting, for our 'Inclusion' document.
4. Sharing ideas for implementing/teaching various activities i.e. Methodologies used for story writing & filming & ensuring that all our individual results were available to others before a final product was created.
5. Sharing & resolving issues/problems that arose throughout the duration of the project Pupils were always aware that their work was a small part of the end product.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
See curricular integration
RESULTS, IMPACT AND DOCUMENTATION
Staff involvement at every level of the project has impacted positively and significantly on pupils involved, in terms of:
1. Developing intercultural knowledge & understanding
2. Cooperating and communicating with their peers
3. Working in different scenarios & at different levels e.g. supported group activities & independent
4. Opening up opportunities, to a higher level for many pupils, many curriculum areas such as music, instrumental work, dance, art, ICT, field work & literacy - (communication, speaking, listening and writing).
5. Meaningful project work in which they have been fully engaged and which they have very much enjoyed.
6. Involvement & support of parents/relatives/friends through the documentary, hosting pupils & our multiplier event