Woodpecker Class have been working on an International link with Arohanui School in Aukland, New Zealand. Our students have been exchanging information about themselves and finding out a little about another culture. The students in New Zealand share many similarities with us and they have a wonderful and lively sense of humour. We have sent a few things across to them and we keep them updated about some of the things we do such as our work at Bristol Rugby and some of the trips and study programmes that we follow. It has been fascinating for us to look at life in another country on the other side of the world and it has provided our students with a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and make new friends.
Key Stage 3 and 4 students here at New Fosseway are in the early stages of establishing links with schools in different parts of the world. We have now established communication with schools in Tanzania, Kenya and New Zealand and are looking to build relationships between our students to enable them to learn about the different cultures and lifestyles of children in these countries.
We hope to provide our students with a better understanding of the wider world and the issues that affect young people. We will be exchanging photographs, scrapbooks, information about our schools and communities, as well as the things that are of interest to our students. The students will hopefully be able to engage in some form of face-to-face communication through skype or Face Time, or, because of issues with the different time zones, we will send video files so that our students can build friendships on an individual basis.
Our school curriculum encourages students to look at the world: in Science we look at different environments and animals; in Literacy we read stories from other cultures; in Geography we study different countries of the world. These links will provide an added dimension to these studies and provide our students with a ‘hands on’ experience which we hope they will find interesting and aid their knowledge and understanding.