This Erasmus funded project sets out to look at learning that can take place beyond the restraints of the classroom setting.
We hope to learn in context and through experience and place. We share a common belief across Europe that we need to offer different and challenging experiences to stimulate all pupils learning and development. This project will be accessible to all pupils of all backgrounds of all abilities due to its hands on practical approach to learning. There are so many more opportunities to be had for learning beyond the confinement of the classroom and to share innovative ways to do this will be invaluable in our teaching and learning styles in partner school.
Our shared aim to develop the achievements of our pupils to work to the best of their abilities led to thinking of other ways for pupils to approach their learning. Best practice of learning beyond the classroom has been found to happen when schools saw the benefit of a wider exciting curriculum. Because of the nature of the project, we believe that it will develop pupils self confidence, aspirations and when measured, attendance and achievement.
Romania – Training meeting
15th May – 19th May 2017
Day 1 – All partners were welcomed to ‘Colegiul Tehnic Dimitrie Leonida, Petrosani for a welcome ceremony performed by the pupils of the primary school. Partners watched classes reciting poetry in different languages, singing songs and dancing traditional folk dances. The staff presented all partners with hand painted t-shirts with traditional art work on them. The mayor also welcomed all visiting staff to his offices in the town.
Lunch was provided by the school and was a feast of traditional Romanian food.
During the afternoon, teachers were taken to museums in the town, including The Plumber museum and the mother’s museum in Petrila. Some ice-breaking activities were shown to all partners giving teachers some ideas for simple activities to use with pupils outdoors.
Day 2 – Partners were given a tour of the school and each class had prepared handmade gifts. In each room, information was displayed about each country in the project and the research they had done about it. Each country had prepared an outdoor game to teach to the Romanian classes, on the school yard. This was a great opportunity to see lessons in practise and ways of management of outdoor activities from each country.
During the afternoon, pebbles and stones were painted to be used to decorate the school yard. The school were in the process of embellishing the yard by planting trees and plants and this was to support the project. We were also taught how to make windmills, again to enhance the work done on their outdoor school playground. Improvements were made to the outdoor area from this training session.
Day 3 – All partners were invited to participate in the international symposium ‘Counselling and guiding students within a European context’ which included a section on ‘the management of outdoor activities.’ All partners listened to presentations on methods of teaching and learning from a variety of speakers from a range of pedagogical backgrounds. Partners then gave presentations on the management of outdoor learning in their schools and showed PowerPoint presentations showing good examples. The media recorded this for both the television and the newspaper. This synopsis will be finalised with certificates of participation for all participants and also a paper published for the National Library.
During the afternoon, the teachers became the students and were shown a variety of games that could be played in the school yard.
A short project meeting was held to monitor the progress of the project and also to look at examples of activities planned and carried out since the last training.
Day 4 – Partners were taken to the Inspectorate offices and were welcomed by the deputy inspector. It was explained how the offices worked and the system used to monitor the area.
Following this, partners visited the dendrological park in Simeria where training was given on the parts of a tree and the features of native trees. A worksheet was completed to match the leaf type to the tree shape and name. This was an activity that could be used with pupils and also linked to our next activity regarding native trees.
A visit to Corvin Castle also used ideas for work that could be completed on a historical visit including a treasure hunt and naming the parts of the castle on the way round.
Photos were given to find around the location of the town.
Day 5 – A ‘Celebrating Spring Day in Europe’ ceremony was held in the school. The children and staff had prepared an exhibition for each of the project countries which included information about the country and also foods typical of the places. This was a useful idea to use in our schools to allow the pupils taking part in the project to understand more about the project countries.
Certificates of participation and attendance were presented. Europasses were presented too and the training meeting was complete.
Other news from the meeting
Teachers from the UK brought skipping ropes to Romania as gifts for the pupils. The ropes came from UK based company,
Box - 2-b fit. The pupils in Romania were grateful of the gifts!