Our International Links
We have recently launched our new Erasmus+ project 'Respect, Re-use, Recycle'. Shoscombe is the coordinating school of a 2 year partnership project that includes St Julian’s Wellow, and schools in France, Catalonia (Spain), Denmark and Northern Ireland.
The substantial Erasmus+ grant funding awarded enables the 6 schools to work collaboratively on activities highlighting the need for global tolerance, understanding and awareness about environmental issues. We will all be implementing small changes within our school communities that collectively make a positive impact.
Through our cross curricular project work we will develop our skills in ICT, English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts.
All pupils and staff in our school communities are involved in the project.
Each year our oldest pupils and some staff have the amazing opportunity to travel to visit our partner schools. They work on project related activities, together with hosting schools and other visiting partners, whilst also experiencing at first hand different cultures, languages, and education systems.
International links are a particularly strong focus at our school. Shoscombe has been the coordinating school for several successful EU funded Comenius Partnership projects, linking our school with others in France, Denmark, Ireland and Catalonia. These links have enabled pupils and teachers to learn about the language and culture of other countries in Europe. There have been many opportunities for the older children to travel to partner schools and for pupils of all ages to undertake project work linked to project aims back at our schools. There is a focus on cross curricular learning with a particular emphasis on the Arts, Outdoor Learning, New Technologies, MFL and Global Citizenship.
Our previous 2 year (2016 -2018) Erasmus+ EU funded project Connect and Unite linked our school and St Julian’s Wellow, with the following European partners.
- Ecole Lafon Feline, Le Bouscat, Bordeaux, France
- Maristes Valldemia, Mataro, Barcelona, Catalonia
- Arden Skole, Denmark
- Maniaio 6th Primary School, Kalymnos Greece
Most recently in March 2018, staff members and some Year 6 pupils travelled to Maristes Valldemia, Mataro, to attend a mobility with all our partner schools. Our pupils stayed with wonderful host families, and we all participated in an exciting programme of activities. These included visiting Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona, walking up in the hills near the school and on the beach, presenting poems and dances to each other and attending a workshop on the Catalan tradition of building ‘castells’ (human towers)
Please follow the link below to read a report about some of the things we did during the first year of the project. Within this report you will also find a link to our shared project Etwinning Twinspace.
The theme for the first year of the Erasmus+ project was ‘Bridges’.
During the first mobility of the project, staff and pupils from Shoscombe and St Julian’s travelled to Bordeaux, to meet all our partners.
Together we explored the bridges over the river Garonne which flows through Bordeaux. We spent time with each other in the French school and with host families, establishing friendships that ‘bridge’ our countries.
Funded by the
Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
In September 2016 Shoscombe was reaccredited with the Full International School Award for the third time. We first achieved this award back in 2010.
Below are some of the assessor comments reflecting on our international work over the past 3 years
‘Your school has been clearly committed to embedding the international dimension across the school in the last 3 years, …You have established partnerships with schools in the UK and Europe, and provide teachers and pupils with opportunities to enhance their global horizons. Your teachers ensure that pupils learn through a wide range of stimulating activities, which promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and they have enhanced their CPD through meeting teachers from partner schools abroad, observing different pedagogical methods, and being immersed in their local language and culture. Your international work has had great impact on the learning and engagement of pupils, improving their language, ICT and social skills, broadening their international dimension and increasing their motivation and confidence. Parents, the local community and everyone at Shoscombe are kept informed of your international work through newsletters, the school website and newsfeeds, displays in the school hall and classrooms, and by attending events at school. A number of families also host pupils from your partner schools abroad when they visit your school, and are involved in visit events in school…… In your ambassadorial role you have been the coordinating school for several successful Comenius projects, and have mentored/supported your link UK partner school in international work….Your international work has highlighted, e.g. the similarities and differences amongst people in the world, and the opportunities for global themed cross-curricular work, which increase pupil attainment in different subject areas. Your future plans include maintaining your international links, developing new links with the Dragonfly academy chain that your school is about to join, and continuing to provide an enriched education for your pupils that broadens awareness and knowledge of globalisation.