Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Poland: 5 teachers
Dinner at The Old Well. Meeting old and new friends.
Friday May 21st - Schoolvisit
At 9.15 we were picked up in a minibus and brought to Bowes. We were warmly welcomed by all the 49 pupils of Bowes Hutchinsons Primary School. After coffee we were divided into smaller groups and guided in around school by very talented and friendly pupils.
We really enjoyed your school! Both indoor and outdoor environment was very inspiring and gave us many good ideas of how to arrange LOTS of activities in a relatively small area. We were impressed with the quality of both exterior, resources and systems and teaching.
We were impressed with the quality of your displays, your Secret Garden, The Griffalo Trail and your field. Also we were inspired your Buddies, your school lunches and your Family Groups.
After lunch at the pub ,The Ancient Unicorn, we went back school,where 9 talented children from DramaClub showed us the English Legend, “The Lambthorn Worm”.
Later we were introduced to the last 2 productions from Poland and England. All good work from all schools.
Project management stayed behind while the rest of the teachers returnedto their accommodation.
Project meeting- Outcome/Decisions:
- Final report. Wales has started working on the report, and will bring the file to Norway next meeting , where we will fulfill the report together. Wales are piloting a translation-programme, which they will try out on the report in Norwegian, Polish and Estonian. The rest of us will fill in the parts of the report that concerns ourselves only.
- Legend file. Wales is working on the final multimedia file of the legend. The result will be highlights and pieces from all 5 productions.
- Dictionary. Last sound files are now taped. The dictionary will be introduced through the blog only, not on a DVD.
- Products. Norway has been working on booklets showing what this project has been about. It is not a demand from our NA’s to send in any products, but it may be something that will be appreciated anyway: 1)The products will document that the planned activities took place, and must be kept at school, in case our NA will check up on us. 2) The product is a good way to disseminate the project towards our Governing bodies, press and not least, towards other schools interested in starting up a Comenius project.3) It is an easily accessible way for the schools to look back on our work together. .A short version of 2 years work.
- Norway wil finish our booklets and put them together in a folder which Wales will bring for our last meeting. The legend DVD will also fit into this folder.
- Next visit.10 persons will come to Norway in June. We will work on the report, visit schools and explore the local festival. Sissel will look into the possibility to see the Peagant rehearsal on Friday, since Poland and Estonia will leave Saturday.
We were picked up in cars and driven to Cotherstone, where we had a delicious meal at The Fox and Hounds restaurant. We had a great evening and killed a rabbit on the way home.
Saturday May 22nd.
Free time to experience Barnard Castle before we went to Durham.
After a quiet bus ride home we got ready for our next cultural lesson: The Ceilidh!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Lambton Worm
a story about John Lambton
When he was young he went fishing at the river one Sunday morning. He caught a strange looking fish. The fish was a slithery and long green worm. John was angry that he had only caught a worm so he threw it in a nearby well. He could not be bothered to take it home.
Lambton went to fight in a war. He joined some brave knights. Very soon he forgot about the ugly worm in the well.
Meanwhile ... in the well the worm grew long and fat with huge yellow teeth and eyes as big as saucers.
It looked like it was going to explode. It grew a big mouth like a deep dark cave.
Soon it crawled from the well and when it was thirsty it drank milk from a field of cows.
The worm often ate calves, lambs and sheep. When he had eaten everything he could, he wrapped his tail seven times around Pensher Hill.
Soon the news crossed the seas to the ears of brave Sir John. So John crossed all the seas to catch and fight the awful beast.
So let’s drink to brave Sir John. He kept babies from harm. He saved cows and calves and sheep and lambs by chopping the worm in two.
That is the story of Sir John Lambton and the Lambton Worm.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
A long time ago, not far away from Lublin a widow with three children lived. The woman had a very dificult life ploughing with oxen and cultivating the soil is a man's job. The woman loved her children very much and she could sacrifice everything to make them happy. The soil was fertile, the house had yet been built by her husband so they somehow coped with it.
One day, a noble man, the owner of neighbouring areas sent one of his servants to the widow with information that the lord wanted to buy her lands together with the buildings. The offer would be very interesting but the lord offered such a small amount of money that the widow wouldn't afford to buy even a tiny flat to make her life easier. The woman turned down the offer. A few days later the servant came back giving even less money and tried to convince her that she would regret not accepting it. The woman refused again.
Few more days passed when suddenly in the middle of the night some strange noises and bangs woke the widow up. Her house was on fire and her children were inside. She was terrified, woke her children up, took the youngest one in her arms, grabbed the box with documents and money (for it is known that in the past all important documents and money were kept together) and jumped out of the window at the last moment... The house with all belongings burnt completely.
The widow brought a case to the court in Lublin.When the day of the court case came the widow went there with her children. The noble man arrived there too together with some witnesses whom he took from the local pub, so they testified what the man wanted. The case started. The widow presented her version of what had happened but she had the impression that nobody listened to her. She had no witnesses to confirm her story. Afterwards, it was the noble and his people who told their version.
"The widow is lying, she set fire by herself and she wrongfully wants to trick the money out."-they said. "The noble is a good, decent and innocent man!" - the witnesses assured. The verdict was announced: the noble is innocent and the widow is expected to apologise to the man for false accusations and pay for the cost of the process.
"What are we supposed to do," the widow cried hugging her children, "where are we going to live? Even the devil would judge the case fairly!"
No sooner had she spoken those words than it suddenly boomed and rustled in the Tribunal and the devil appeared. "Even I can't stand such justice! We should start the case from the beginning!" said he.
Frightened judges wouldn't dare to oppose the devil and the second case started so different from the first one. The judges listened to the widow attentively and the witnesses told the truth. The devil announced the verdict: "The noble is guilty and he is expected to rebuild and equip the widow's house. What is more, false witnesses should be flogged in public so as they wouldn't lie any more."
The judges signed the verdict and the devil sealed it with his own hand. He did it with a such strengh that the mark of devil's hand on the table to this day is a visible testimony to that process and warns all judges against giving false and unjust verdicts.
The legend was translated from Polish to English bu Klaudia Wawszczak from our Polish partner school in Swidnik.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wales, England, Poland and Norway have decided to apply for another project together! We are very happy with our cooperation, and feel we have more work to do together! At the moment we are inviting new schools into the project, and have received positive respond from two Turkish schools. We are waiting for answers from Iceland and Denmark as well. On the 7 th of January Wales, Norway, Poland and England meet in Newcastle to form a new application. Time is a short factor, so we need to get things going fast! We are very happy to have the opportunity to make a new application together! Wait and see what happens!
- Outline for new project:
We have decided to build a school-development project, focusing on different aspects of our schools and countries pedagogy and methodologies.
Topics to explore together could be:
The early years. ( 3-7 years old children)
Learning through play
Different learning environments/ Working with Multiple Intelligences
Different ways of giving feedback and assessment
The starting age for school in terms of learning and provision.
- Working in this project would include
Having a very tight focus.
There would have to be an element of shared pupils work and outcomes as part of the project
We would have to evaluate the impact on learning etc
Teachers visiting eachother Language and ICT-training
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday was schoolvisit-day. We were picked up quite early by Greg, and brought straight to Swidnik by bus. Here we entered the very big school no 5, and were treated with cakes and coffee in the library. We were warmly welcomed by the nice headteacher, before entering class 0 for their morning session.