We are very excited to inform you that we have received funding from the British Council to be part of a Connecting Classroom project this year. We have been partnered with Apex school in Kathmandu, Nepal and will be working alongside staff and children within this setting to look at the issue of waste disposal at both a local and global level. Both Beechdale Nursery and Consett Junior school are also involved with this project.
These photos show Year 2 beginning to find out about Nepal.
Year 2 children will take part in a number of activities such as monitoring the amount of litter produced within school, considering how this is disposed of, designing a zero-waste meal to be cooked for lunch, planning improvements around school for recycling waste material and writing a global pledge to be adopted by all children. The children in our partner school will be carrying out similar activities and the results will be shared and discussed collaboratively along the way. The Year 2 children will be responsible for sharing their findings with the rest of the school through school assemblies and display work.
These photos show Year 2 children collecting information about the kids of things we throw out in our school and about what happens to our rubbish.
Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Graham will be travelling to Nepal in November to work in our partner school, get to know the staff and children and bring back first-hand resources for the children in Consett. Similarly, the Nepalese teacher will visit our school in June 2020 to meet the children, share experiences from Nepal and learn about our community.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn about the Nepalese culture and customs, expand their horizons and develop a worldwide view of environmental health and how this impacts upon a culture other than their own through first hand study and exploration. We will be organising a celebration event at the end of the year to celebrate this work to which you will all be invited. However, I anticipate that you will learn a lot more about this project as it develops, either through correspondence from school or conversations with your child!
As part of our connecting classrooms work we are very excited to have been invited to work with a local artist, Mick Stephenson, on an installation for our city’s famous light festival, Lumiere. Our school joins with over 1000 children in 20 different countries taking part. Children in Year 2 have designed drawings on the subject of friendship. These have been transferred onto acetate and then wrapped around plastic bottles to be included in the installation. Some of the children recorded messages to be played too. For more information about Lumiere visit www.lumiere-festival.com. To see a video of the Friendship Tree please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLL4NIBxBew