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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project SummaryAt a recent conference to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of WW1, organised by British Council UK and the Connecting Classrooms programme, teachers and pupils from Holy Cross Primary school in Glasgow had the opportunity to meet with pupils and teachers from Sagrada Familia in Catalonia and agreed to extend the meeting into a 2-3 year educational partnership with the aid of eTwinnings programme. Glasgow City Council has long standing relationships with schools in Catalonia and would therefore like to preserve and sustain these links.Objectives• To share and develop innovative, creative approaches and practices to benefit both pupils and teachers.• To deepen pupils levels of understanding about other cultures and languages within a real life context.• Exchanges of ideas and lessons outcomes with pupils from both schools which will help to promote linguistic skills, use of ICT as a communication tool and intercultural awareness. ParticipantsMr Kevin Carr – Head Teacher of Holy Cross Primary school who helps to drive forward International Education focus within the school. Has played a key role in previous partnerships with schools in Pakistan through the British Council programmes and his school have achieved the International Education Excellence award from the British Council and an International Education Excellence recognition award from Glasgow City Council.Patricia MacCormick – Class teacher and International Education co-ordinator took part in a 3 year partnership with schools in Pakistan through the British Council programme, connecting classrooms. Took part in a CPD event run by the British Council to promote the benefits of partnerships with schools abroad and her experiences of travelling to Pakistan on an exchange visit.Jemma Hollins – Class teacher and currently working through a qualification for Spanish and will be providing lessons to the pupils on exchange material and basic linguistics during the 3 year project.Allison Smith – Currently teaching pupils French within the school and is currently undergoing a qualification in Spanish with a view to teaching it in the primary sector. The partner schools will work through a 3 year plan with overarching themes for each year; broken down into different activities which will be uploaded/sent for each other to view and feedback. Year 1, we would be looking into the history of our cities/countries; studying profiles of historical figures, diversity of population, migration, cultural celebrations and the story of our cities (coat of arms, mottos…) In year 2, we would study influential architects\artists of our countries, landmarks, architectural qualities of our most celebrated buildings and artists/Architects; looking at their method and features of their work. In year 3, our common focus would be sustainability. We will study one of the main river systems in our countries; the purpose they serve, past and present; ecology and diversity of wildlife. We will then compare each other’s findings. Both schools will then take part in sustainable design tasks looking at invention for the future.Visiting our partnersYear 1, two teaching staff from Holy Cross Primary will be visiting our partner school, Sagrada Familia in order to shadow lessons and observe practices to gain inspiration and ideas and gather resources. This will also be used as valuable time to make our 3 year plan more detailed and clear and discuss methodologies involved. Two members of staff from Sagrada Familia will then visit Scotland to shadow teachers and gain insight and ideas to take back to Catalonia.Year 2 , teachers will re-visit Sagrada Familia to meet with pupils and teachers to discuss the project so far. We can address any successes and challenges and ensure the project is on task and methodology is effective. We will also use this opportunity to shadow teach and build on some of the lessons previously taught throughout the year. Sagra Familia will then re-visit Scotland to meet with the pupils and engage with staff on any improvements that can be made to the project and work with the pupils, building on the lessons taught previously.
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