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French Language and Cross Curricular Development Project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a school, St Elphin's (Fairfield) C E V A Primary are passionate about providing the very best teaching and learning experiences for all. We understand that children learn best when they are inspired and engaged by meaningful activities, rooted in the real world and delivered by teaching staff who are themselves enthusiastic learners. Whilst we recognise that we are working within a community struggling with significant levels of deprivation and a lack of opportunities, we strongly believe that it is our role to open the doors and windows onto the wider world, to enable the children and their families to recognise they are part of a wider global community where everyone is valued and respected and has a part to play. It is against this background that we aim to build on the foundations of our first Erasmus + project and further develop a bespoke creative curriculum that celebrates our European heritage and forges global partnership links with children and teachers from around the world, supported by teaching staff who are highly trained and motivated to provide the very best for the children in our care. The objectives of our second mobility project is to enable a wider number of our teaching staff to engage with high quality CPD via an intensive language immersion course, moving their own personal language learning forward and developing key skills in the delivery of very effective teaching and learning for the staff and children in school. In addition there will be a specific focus on the development of an international perspective for their own subjects as curriculum area leaders, to enrich the bespoke curriculum for the children at St Elphin's and help inspire colleagues for future projects. An important part of this wider global awareness, in the embedding of strong international partnership links with schools in France, initiated during our first mobility project, through joint activities, visits and online communication. This is also an arena where teaching staff can share best practice and learn from our colleagues in Europe. We intend to involve 4 members of staff over 2 years as direct participants in the mobility project, however we envisage that the cascading of their learning to other staff back in school will have a significant impact on the levels of confidence and motivation with regard to language learning and wider cultural awareness. The whole school will be involved in engaging with our French school partners, with teachers sharing best practice and pupils communicating and sharing work. In the future we would expect to see both staff and pupils buzzing with enthusiasm about their learning about the wider world, creating work of a consistently high standard that reflects their levels of confidence and commitment. Long term we would hope that all our pupils will understand their place in the wider world, and have the confidence and skills to meet the exciting challenges and adventures that being a member of a wonderfully diverse global community can bring.

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