Language of the Month
This month, our focus language is German. Both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have participated in assemblies to learn about the culture and diversity of Germany. Classes have been responding to the registers in German and learning key words and phrases throughout the month.
Teachers feel that exploring a language each month can, 'expose children to new and wider vocabulary in different languages' and can 'engage children with other cultures'.
One child said: 'I really like learning how to greet people in different languages and it's fun to do the register this way. My favourite language was Italian'.
Global Citizenship has become a key part of our curriculum through our Venture Experts sessions. These sessions have allowed our children to take an active role in our school community and they have worked successfully together to make the world a better place. Our global citizens have raised awareness of different global charities and causes. Take a look below at some of the things they have achieved:
Our Global Citizenship teacher feels strongly towards the teaching of this subject because she thinks that, 'children should have a secure understanding of the whole world and be informed of global issues that could affect their future'. Our Global Citizens 'enjoy working together to make the world a better place' and one child stated that they, 'felt really happy that they had made a difference to another child's life'.
Blogging is central to our school and we have used this platform to share our international learning. Classes regularly share writing on the class blogs and we often hold themed weeks and blogging challenges for both children and parents to participate in. By blogging, our children can connect with a global audience and using this technology enables us to share our learning across the world.
Some examples of our blogging events include:
Wander Around The World - This is where children completed a range of events and activities linked to their chosen country during topic time. Classes shared their learning on the class blogs and their Twitter pages. Some of the activities included arts and crafts, traditional dances, creating fact files and books and learning key words and phrases.
Mad About Mayans - Children in Year 5 were invited to attend an after-school blogging event to consolidate their learning about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. Children created their own Mayan headresses, tasted some traditional foods and formed their own Mayan dances before sharing their performances.
On the blog, some children wrote: 'We enjoyed the Mayan dancing and the food; tasting the tortillas, chocolates and some tortilla chips. We also did some blogging and everything was amazing. We also made some Mayan headdresses'.
Chinese New Year - Children in Year 2 were invited to an after-school blogging event with their parents. They created lots of bright and colourful crafts to celebrate Chinese New Year and shared some tasty, Chinese food. Some children also wrote some poems about a Chinese dragon on the class blog:
The kind, friendly Dragon has hot flamey breath.
The Dragon is brightly coloured and likes to show off.
His horns are red and fiery and his eyes are bright and can be scary.
He has sharp, pointy teeth, but fiery eyebrows.
The Dragon likes to perform at Chinese New year.
His mane is blowing carefully in the wind as he glides along.
As he breathes fire his nostrils flare.
He has a long scaley neck and his red long tongue sticks out playfully.
Christmas Around The World - During the Autumn Term, all classes explored the traditions and values of countries from around the world at Christmas time.
Teachers at Norbridge Academy recognise how themed blogging events can create a stimulus for high-quality writing. Teachers feel that these events, 'create the opportunity for children to connect with a global audience' and 'secure links and partnerships with the school community as parents and families are welcome to attend'.
Through pupil voice, it has been evident that children enjoy attending these events. One child who attended the Year 6 Blogathon said, 'I really enjoyed sleeping over at school and taking part in some mystery skypes with people from different time zones. The best bit was when we had to work out where they were from'.
Wado Ryu Karate
Sensei Slaney said, ' It is great to see the children grow with confidence. Their stamina for exercise and attention to detail in their techniques is rewarding to see. It is not just the katas that our children learn, but also the ways of Japanese culture'.
One child who was recently awarded their first belt said, 'It made me feel really happy to get my red belt because I had been working hard to learn my kata'.
Skype in the Classroom
Some children were also lucky enough to Skype our partner school in Hungary; a partnership formed in May 2016.
Our children said; 'We really enjoyed talking to children from a different country'. They also said, "We learnt about their country and what their school was like compared to our's'. Our teachers think that using Skype in the classroom 'allows for children to explore different countries in Europe and learn from other children'.
Tóthne Bán Gyongyi is a primary school in Balatonboglar, Hungary. This primary school is situated in a resort town, on the south shore of Lake Balaton. Children attend this school from age 6 years and their primary education last for eight years.
International Education Week 2018
For the W/C 12th November, all children at our school were located a focus country from around the world where they gained an insight and a deeper understanding of the country's culture. The classes partcicpated in a range of activities, including: arts and crafts, traditional dances and music, daily life and communication. During this week, some classes also skyped our partner school in Hungary. You can find out more about this school in our 'Skype in the Classroom' section. At the end of the week, we held a whole school assembly to showcase the learning the children had taken part in and secured.
French Residential 2018
Mrs Mercer said, 'The France residential enables children to be completely immersed in a different language and culture for a week. They sample French food, make conversation with French people and learn so much history first hand thanks to the carefully planned activities they access. Over the week, we see their independence and confidence soar as they gain memories that will last a lifetime'.
One Year 5 child said, 'I really enjoyed the trip, especially the market. I would go to France with school again because my sisters will be going because they will be old enough next year. It is hard to pick my favourite part. I liked when we went under the tunnels at Wellington Quarry. There was lots of different writing on the walls, it was interesting'.
A Year 3 child, who experienced his first residential said, 'I woud like to go to France again next year. My favourite part was the sweet factory. We watched how to make sweets and we got to eat them. Next time, I would like to spend longer on the beach'.