Little homelands

ABOUT THE PROJECT

“Little homelands” is a project in which pupils from primary schools (age 11-13) will get to know each other, present their towns, interesting places and monuments worth seeing in their “little homelands”, schools, hobbies, ways of celebrating Easter holidays. The project will last for three months (from April to June 2016), during which all schools participating in the project will establish mutual relationships and basic forms of cooperation and communication. Hopefully, this will lead to common future projects, more extended in time and complex in content.

AIMS

The main aim of the project is to establish an international cooperation between pupils from European primary schools and enable them to meet friends from abroad. Second, to familiarize children with new, practical ways of using communication technology. Next, to allow them express themselves through various artistic forms: drawing, taking photos, singing, shooting short videos etc. Finally, to improve children’s linguistic skills and their fluency in using English.

 

WORK PROCESS

Pupils’ work will be divided into three parts, according to the topic of each month. The work and experience of each month will be shared during videoconferences at the end of April, May and June, which will include all participants. In April, all schools prepare ways of celebrating Easter in their countries: they are supposed to show what customs are popular in the town or region they live; what traditional dishes are cooked; how to say “Happy Easter” in the language of their country. The month of May will be devoted to a preparation of a “sightseeing tour” around each town/region. Pupils will take pictures and draw posters of places worth seeing in their little homelands. During the online meeting with the other schools, they will show their work and invite their new friends to the places they have described. In June, after two months of communication, the participants are expected to know each other a little better, so now they can share their interests, hobbies, talk about their schools, ways of spending their free time etc. The form this presentation will take is up to the pupils themselves – the aim here is to let children get to know more about their foreign friends and create a basis for future communication after the end of the project.

EXPECTED RESULTS

The final product of the whole cooperation will be an electronic photo album with pictures sent from all participating schools. After these three months of working together, pupils are expected to be more fluent in using the English language and modern technology for communication. Finally, it is expected that this project will work as a springboard to future, more extended actions or projects with the acquainted schools, or even live meetings of the participants.

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