Smiling Valley Intermediate School, South Africa

Second Visit to Smiling Valley School

April 2011

After the visit in August 2010, Mrs Finch and Mrs Hudson submitted an application to the British Council for additional funding to help the partnership to develop and exchange visits to take place. This was successful and allowed a further visit to the school in April 2011 and a return visit to England by the Principal of Smiling Valley.

The visits had to be planned in great detail to ensure that they met the aims of the British Council and allowed the pupils of both 2 schools to benefit. The pupils at Byrchall took part in several activities before staff visited and then the pupils in Smiling Valley participated in similar activities. A partner primary school was also involved, as in Smiling Valley the pupils start that school aged 4.

Project Activity

Getting to know you:
Identity and cultural diversity
Global dimension

  • Develop self-awareness and positive attitude to difference
  • Communicate with people from a range of countries and cultures

Christmas cards, letters, Easter cards, wall displays, assemblies, displays in school. Meeting people from other cultures.

The southern school has a very strong sense of culture and heritage- this was an area that was used to help British pupils understand their heritage and cultures.

Getting to know your school:
Identity and cultural diversity

  • Develop self-awareness and positive attitude to difference
  • Communicate with people from a range of countries and cultures

Movies - Byrchall produced a DVD about life at the school. They taught pupils at the partner primary school in England to use technology and make their own DVD to send to South Africa.

The pupils in South Africa used technology to create a movie about life at their school.

All pupils in both continents benefitted from developing their skills in using new technologies and looking at creative ways of communicating. The British school benefitted from the South African school having a very strong sense of culture and heritage.

All about your rights:
Global dimension
Identity and cultural diversity

  • Develop self-awareness and positive attitude to differences
  • Explore and make sense of the big issues in the world
  • Argue a case on behalf of themselves and others
  • Reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future

Unicef - Rights Respecting School Award

The day of activities in each school looking at rights of pupils and children.

The work that was produced as a result of this demonstrated progress in global learning skills.

Debate and Q&A with staff from visiting schools.

Communication:
Technology and the Media

  • Develop self-awareness and positive attitude to differences
  • Explore and make sense of the big issues in the world
  • Explore identity and cultural diversity

Use of ICT in teaching and learning

Letters for communicating

Developing ICT skills

Staff training in English primary school and South African school

Planning and designing how to use ICT creatively

Expressive and Creative Arts:

  • Explore and make sense of big issues in the world
  • Reflect on consequences of their own actions now and in the future
  • Deconstruct issues and events

Drama and music –performed in English and South African schools

Art and textiles produced

Exploring culture, use and shortage of water, culture and history

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