Our Grand Comenius
After making initial contact
with our partners via
e.Twinning, we introduced this,
our second project, to the
children , governors and
Welcome to our Comenius launch!
We were very excited because our school was going to host the first visit. In November
2013 teachers came from Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria. We learnt a
few phrases in these languages so that we could welcome our guests. The School Council
judged two design competitions. First they chose me, Trashy, to be our school avatar. You
will see me on many of our presentations. Next they chose the ECO-PALS logo which was
designed by a friend in Belgium. Again, you will come to recognise this logo over the two
An exciting week was enjoyed by everyone.
We started to look at how we could
make the world a better place. There
are so many things for us to take care
of. Where to start? That was the
question. It seemed to us that
everything rolls into one. We
decided that we needed to get as
many people to help us as possible,
so we thought long and hard …
Putting our enterprise hats on, we
thought that we could invite many
stakeholders into school if we had a
big enough hook. So this is what we
We invited lots of important people who we thought might be
able to help us. They tasted food and drink from
our partner countries.
We invited them to look at some of the work we had done on endangered species …
To help prevent people wasting
plastic carrier bags we designed
some eco bags. We all drew our
own faces in support of this good
cause and then had the bags made
In LKS2 we created comics to show
how we could encourage people to
help save some of our endangered
species from extinction. I appeared in
each comic as the superhero!
It would be a great shame if our
grandchildren couldn’t ever see a nut-
brown hare or a hedgehog.
We made a DVD about the fox. ‘What does the fox say?’
We sang the song in English, French and British Sign Language.
We also choreographed the dance moves.
We didn’t just want to think about
ourselves so, in LKS2, we recycled
yoghurt pots and made them into plant
pots. The money we raised from these
bought a goat for the inhabitants of a
small Kenyan village.
We regularly have a Fair Trade stall so we
included that too.
In KS1 our theme was
‘Handa’s Surprise’. We
learnt that many of
the animals in the
story are in danger of
We read some of
the Elmer stories
and decided to
From the sale of these pictures, we were able
to adopt an elephant.
This is Jubilee
We realised that a big problem in
many African countries was a
shortage of rain.
Traditionally, in certain cultures, in
different parts of the world, many
believe that rainmakers can produce
We made some rainmakers out of
recycled materials. We are not sure if
they work but this is something we will
look at in more detail later.
Lengths of ribbon and odd
buttons were turned into
beautiful jewellery at our after
school jewellery club.
Milk bottle tops and old wax crayons were
turned into beautiful pieces of art work
and were very popular.
plant pots and
pea seeds in
Children in the Foundation Unit grew sunflowers from seeds and then painted the result.
The event was very popular and we are sure
everybody now knows about our project.
We are looking forward to
learning more about how we
can save our planet.