As our school seeks to reach beyond its community to support the children to have a better understanding of the wider world, we are, alongside Grimoldby Primary School, a partner of an Erasmus Plus programme 2018-2020, with two schools from Guadeloupe: EEPU Bragelogne from Baie Maihault and Ecole Elementaire Stephane Mathieu from Bananier. Our partnership is centred on the exchange of good practices linked to the theme of ‘Songs, stories and science from marsh, coast and sea.’
Developing the cultural experiences of our children is the prime motivation for us joining this project. The contribution to the development of our school will be threefold. Firstly, it will lead to increased respect and understanding for cultures and communities beyond Lincolnshire and beyond the UK, and their importance. Secondly, it will support or teaching and learning of the French language, by providing us with a practical and real context for application. Thirdly, it will develop our staff confidence and understanding in how to manage successful collaboration between schools in other countries.
November 2018 – Teachers from Guadeloupe visit Lincolnshire
At the end of November we had a wonderful week in school sharing and celebrating our learning with our visitors from Guadeloupe as we embarked on our 2-year Erasmus+ project “Songs, Stories and Science from Marsh, Coast and Sea. The children embraced the week with such enthusiasm as we explored the similarities and differences of our cultures. All the children received a special gift made from a child in EEPU Bragelogne School in Guadeloupe. A celebratory Afternoon Tea brought the visit to a close with some children selected to join staff, Governors as well as staff from Grimoldby School say Au Revoir to our visitors.
What a fantastic week we all had!
February 2019 – Teachers from Lincolnshire visit Guadeloupe
During February half-term Mr Floyd, Mrs Abualzulof and Mrs Webb, alongside colleagues from Grimoldby Primary School visited Guadeloupe. We spent time visiting both our partner schools, sharing teaching ideas and strategies with the staff as well as spending lots of time talking to the children and sharing and celebrating their work with them. It was fascinating exploring the similarities and differences between our schools and our cultures and we took lots of fantastic ideas and suggestions back to the UK. Our children all made a special gift for each child in return for the gifts they received in November. We really explored the science of the project in depth and were hugely impressed with how our partner schools had immersed themselves into the theme of plastic pollution. This really inspired us to engage in this par of the project with the children in our school once we returned.
Another wonderfully rewarding and humbling week!
Embedding the project back in school
Our first creation that we made with recycled materials were the turtles. These turtles were something which we saw over in Guadeloupe and loved the idea of, so with the help from parents bringing in their used plastic bottles to recycle, we were able to cut them down to shape and produce colourful turtles. These turtles will be used to form a display within receptions creative area within the next few days. The children really enjoyed making these and are very proud of themselves, as they should be!
Next, we have used bottle tops and cut up chocolate and egg boxes to make flowers for the upcoming Mother’s Day
Reception and Year 4 teamed up for an exciting couple of trips to Mablethorpe beach. The year 4 children were paired up with a reception child and they had the responsibility of informing a member of staff when they found some rubbish on the beach. The staff all had gloves and carrier bags to collect the rubbish safely. Even though they have lots of bins on the beach, we managed to collect quite a lot. We are in the process of cleaning the rubbish ready for the children to sort and, hopefully, re-purpose!
With some of the collected rubbish already sorted and cleaned, we created a new display for the hall. We decided on a humpback whale, due to them being found in not only UK waters, but waters surrounding the Guadeloupe islands as well.