Whitefield students visited Little Hadham Primary School in Oxfordshire last week as part of a larger ‘eTwinning’ project that we are involved with that sees us working with schools from France, Greece, Spain, Northern Ireland, Croatia and Portugal.
The eTwinning initiative is an EU initiative to allow schools from all over the continent to work together on joint projects, and 14-16 year olds from Whitefield devised a ‘Sharing Our Smiles project’ designed to let students from different countries share information on the things that make them happy.
The Whitefield group identified sports – and boccia in particular – as something that made them smile, so went to Little Hadham to teach the Year 6s there how to play. The variant on bowls proved so popular that the primary school is already planning to buy its own boccia equipment. In the afternoon, some of Little Hadham’s Year 6s took on the teaching role; showing Whitefield students how to use the e-Twinning portal.
The portal can be used by students as a safe place for cross-school communication. Another aspect of Sharing Our Smiles has involved swapping favourite healthy-eating recipes and tips, including making favourite fruit smoothies and finding out that not all countries have the same fruit on the shelves.
The next steps in the eTwinning project are a live video chat with a Portuguese school and a trip to Greece in June.
Our thanks to Little Hadham for being such wonderful hosts.