Sharing Through Story-Telling

ST. JOHN'S ce PRIMARY SCHOOL, ENGLAND, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ESCOLA PUIGSOLER IN SPAIN

Our schools both share a desire to explore each other's countries: to better understand the language, culture and history of each other's nations; what makes us unique and different as countries with distinct pasts; and what binds us together as a shared European community.

We believe that the best way to create this understanding is to explore it through a medium every culture uses to communicate: sharing stories.

Please enjoy the information that follows and join us on our exciting journey of discovery ...

Our common european project logo

Spain Project Logo.pdf

Escola Puigsoler (Sant Vicenç de Castellet)

http://www.xtec.cat/ceip-calsoler/

St John’s C.E. Primary School (London)

https://www.stjohnsn20.barnet.sch.uk/

exchange of literacy reading lists

The journey begins with the exchange of reading lists used as the focus for children's learning in Years 5 and 6. The purpose of this is to introduce teachers, students and parents from one school to the types of stories enjoyed by the other. At home, families can borrow or buy these books to share, using the pictures to help them understand the story and thereby extend their linguistic skills.

Year 5 Reading.pdf

St John's reading list - English stories

Llista de lectures 5è i 6è.pdf

Puigsoler's lista de lecturas - Spanish stories

exchange of cultural stories and christmas cards

An exciting way to learn about the culture of other countries is by reading and studying their tradtional stories. Hence, each school selected three appropriate story books in their native language to exchange with the other. Children also designed, wrote and sent Christmas cards to each other as a means of introducing themselves. Each card was written in both languages, giving the children an opportunity to familarise themselves with writing and translating the foreign language.

Here we can see the three story books and a selection of the cards sent from St John's to Puigsoler...

... and some of the cards received from Puigsoler.

GREETINGS from Catalonia!


Children from Puigsoler School recorded video messages, introducing themselves to the English children at St John's.

learning from cultural stories

The three story books chosen by St John's for Puigsoler to get a taste of Engish culture were George and the Dragon, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Robin Hood. Here, you will find a summary of each story and its cultural impact, some sentences and their translation to give you a taste of the adventure, and some teaching and learning activities to stimulate children's comprehension and story-writing skills. Please feel free to share these with friends, family and pupils!

What can we learn from the traditional tale of George and the Dragon? Read on......


Sharing culture George and Dragon pg1.pdf

Pictures of the play of George and the Dragon performed by the Year 5 children :

George and the Dragon play.pdf
Sharing culture George and Dragon pg2.pdf

What can we learn from the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Read on......

Sharing culture - Goldilocks pg1.pdf
Sharing culture - Goldilocks pg2.pdf

What can we learn from the folk tale of Robin Hood? Read on......

Sharing culture - Robin Hood pg1.pdf
Sharing culture - Robin Hood pg2.pdf

The three story books chosen by Puigsoler's for St John's to get a taste of Spanish culture were La Tina a Montserrat, Los Reyes Magos and El Lazarillo de Tormes. As with the English books, here you will find a summary of each story and its cultural impact, some sentences and their translation to give you a taste of the adventure, and some teaching and learning activities to stimulate children's comprehension and story-writing skills. Again, please feel free to share these with friends, family and pupils!

What can we learn from the legend of La Tina a Montserrat? Read on......

Sharing culture - La Tina A Montserrat pg1.pdf
sharing culture - La Tina A Montserrat pg 2.pdf
Year 5 reading Tina in Montserrat.MOV

St. John's Spanish teacher reading

the story of La Tina a Montserrat in English

In St John's, when the three books arrived from Spain, they were displayed in the Year 5 classroom so that the children could look through them in their free time as and when they wished.

During part of the Spanish lessons following, the teacher selected a book and read it aloud, initially in Spanish. Next, she read it page-by-page, holding up the pictures to enable the children to use them to help them to understand and explain parts of the story. Children were then given the opportunity to identify and translate any Spanish words that they recognised, helping them to develop their Modern Foreign Language skills.

After this, the book was read in English. The children were then directed to discuss various aspects of it, including what it revealed about Spain and the Spanish way of life. They also compared and contrasted it with similar English stories.

These activities were carried out with all three books, enabling the children to increase their understanding of Spanish culture and consider the story-writing techniques used. A similar process occurred with the English books sent to Puigsoler School, acting as a foundation for children from both partner schools for their joint story-writing project.

What can we learn from the traditional tale of Los Reyes Magos? Read on......

sharing culture- Los Reyes Magos pg 1.pdf
sharing culture- Los Reyes Magos pg 2.pdf

What can we learn from the picaresque novel of El Lazarillo de Tormes? Read on......

sharing culture - El Lazarillo de Tormes pg 1.pdf
Sharing culture - El Lazarillo de Tormes pg 2.pdf

DISSEMINATION

BANNER

A banner designed by the children advertising the project was displayed outside both schools to inform the local community of their participation in it.

ST JOHN'S DISPLAY BOARD

The corridor board was regularly updated to reflect the activites and events taking place as part of the project.

PUIGSOLER DISPLAY CORNER

The display corner was used to showcase various elements of the project.

Musical Culture

The Spanish children performed and recorded two Christmas songs in English.

cross-curricular teaching and learning

CROSS CURRICULAR FLOWCHART.pdf




Cross-curricular teaching and learning activities have been planned and implemented throughout this project.

These offer a creative way to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics; an activity which crosses subject boundaries allows for investigations that engage children's imagination.

The chart opposite shows the many different ways in which our pupils have been exploring their own and each other's cultures and the numerous ways in which their story-writing skills have been stimulated.

An example of cross-curricular learning in Puigsoler's Year 4 class

The children listened to stories about the Vikings that explained their impact on English culture. They then made their own models from clay and painted them. This encompassed teaching and learning in History, Art and Geography.

An example of cross-curricular learning in St John's Year 1 class

The children practised a song to help them to learn the colours in Spanish.

Year 1 Colours Song.MOV

selecting the children for the mobilities - a random draw!

The draw at Puigsoler was carried out by three representatives of each class who extracted the names from a concealed container.

mobility to spain 13th-17th May 2019

Trips and activities were carefully planned to ensure a wealth of cultural experiences were shared with the English visitors:

Programme - itinerary in Spain.pdf

The St. John's School visitors were welcomed to Puigsoler with two plays interpreted by the Year 5 Spanish students.

VID-20190517-WA0002.mp4



Peter Pan:

The famous English story about the boy who never grew up!



El Timbaler del Bruc

(The little drummer):

The popular Catalan legend depicting what happened during the Battle of El Bruc in the Peninsular War.

VID-20190517-WA0003.mp4

CULTURAL VISITS: Mobility TO SPAIN

Cultural exchange- sharing culture in Spain (MM).pdf
Montserrat Mountain Pictures.pdf

Montserrat Mountain Photos

Cultural exchange- sharing culture in Spain (Man).pdf
Cultural exchange- sharing culture in Spain (Barc).pdf
Manresa Pictures.pdf

Manresa Photos

Barcelona Pictures.pdf

Barcelona Photos

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AT ST. JOHN'S

Whilst the small group of English children experienced life in Spain, St. John's was visited by external professionals who brought Spanish culture in to the school:

Art and dance Culture at St Johns's 1.pdf

Children were taught the key steps and moves of Flamenco dancing.....

Art and dance Culture at St Johns's 2.pdf

... and also of Salsa dancing. They familiarised themselves with the music too!

Art and dance Culture at St Johns's 4.pdf

An art teacher explained the style of Salavador Dali and the techniques he used; children then had a great time producing their own 'Dali' paintings.

Art and dance Culture at St Johns's 3.pdf

They were also treated to a lesson in Spanish Tapas cooking, exploring some of the key ingredients used and how to prepare them and then - best of all - eating the results!

writing

Developing children's writing skills was an important focus throughout the project.

One of the St John's pupils on the mobility was determined to remember every detail of the memorable experience and recorded her thoughts and key events in a diary, extracts of which are shown below:

Diary entries.pdf

thank you - gracias!

Gracias video.MP4


A St John's pupil recorded a video message to thank the staff and pupils at Puigsoler for hosting such a successful mobility.

It provided an amazing opportunity for cultural enrichment that helped everyone develop a deeper understanding of their European heritage.

writing

Developing children's writing skills was an important focus throughout the project.

In England, the Year 1 St John's teacher used the theme of fairy stories as an enjoyable and inspiring way to improve the writing skills of the younger members of the school. The results can be seen below:

Year 1 writing.pdf

mobility to ENGLAND 3rd-7th JUNE 2019

Trips and activities were carefully planned to ensure a wealth of cultural experiences were shared with the English visitors:

itinerary leaflet in England.pdf

Encouraging participation and cooperation from the outset:

Breaking Down Barriers.pdf

CULTURAL VISITS: Mobility TO ENGLAND

Cultural exchange - sharing culture in England (Greenwich).pdf
Greenwich Pictures.pdf

Greenwich Photos

Cultural exchange - sharing culture in England (London).pdf
Cultural exchange- sharing culture in England (RAF).pdf
London Pictures.pdf

London Photos

RAF Pictures.pdf

RAF Museum Photos

'sharing through story-telling'

A key objective of this project was to offer children opportunities for cultural enrichment - to enable them to deepen their understanding of their own heritage whilst learning about another. Using story-telling as the main theme for this, children were encouraged to share ideas and cultural experiences to assist them in collaborating on writing a joint story. They used the techniques outlined below:

How to write shared story pg 1.pdf
Steps to creating joint story- pictures 1.pdf
How to write shared story pg 2.pdf
Steps to creating joint story- pictures 2.pdf

'the magical exchange'

The result of the collaboration was that the children from the two schools created a joint story that was assembled into a book:

Picture of book.pdf

Please use the video of the book below to enjoy the story at leisure; it has been written in both English and Spanish. It includes a foreward which outlines the impact of the Erasmus+ programme on the creation and development of the story.

The Magical Exchange.mov

DISSEMINATION

The Erasmus+ Project was featured in the local news in Sant Vicenç de Castellet.

Newspaper articles.pdf
The Magic of Story-Writing.pdf

october 2019

learning logs

The ongoing impact of the Erasmus+ project was evident in St John's when a home learning 'Learning Log' activity was set, focusing on the school's Modern Foreign Language. Children were asked to "Show me your learning about Spain and the Spanish Language (our school's MFL)." Many of the creative, imaginative pieces of learning produced reflected the children's cultural enrichment gained from their personal experiences - in and out of school - relating to Spain:

Learning Logs.pdf