StoryPhones has been able to support a Comenius Project. Our local school, Lanchester EP Primary, has been planning a project with their partener schools designed to involve all the children from eight different countries throughout Europe. The aim of the project was for the children to learn at least one song and dance from each country and to perform and record these. The children will also be able to find out more about their own culture and the culture of the partner countries and to understand what it means to be European and how their culture and identity fits into the united European community.
StoryPhones offered to donate one of our loud speaking MP3 players to each school and to develop a website where the schools could upload and download audio files and share their recordings. The new website is password protected, schools and pupils can log in using passwords making it a totally safe environment for children to use. Schools can upload their MP3 tracks, edit them and download MP3 tracks from other schools.
Monday April 11th saw the arrival of teachers and pupils from Holland, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Greece to Lanchester Primary School. A fantastic week of events has been planned by Mrs Davies, the Head teacher and all of her staff. We were delighted to be invited to the school to meet everyone, explain about the new website and how the MP3 players worked. The school had been decorated beautifully and the atmosphere was buzzing, food was being shared, and it left us with a strong sense of different cultures and countries coming together, truely reflecting the aim of the Comenius programme.
The Eurostars project will continue over the next year and we will be following it with interest. We would like to thank Mrs Davies and her colleagues from all the partner schools for making us feel so welcome and for their enthusiasm for the new website.