Smiling Valley Intermediate School, South Africa

Fourth Visit To Smiling Valley

April 2013

For this year’s visit, Mrs Finch and Mrs Hudson worked in the senior section of Smiling Valley School. The focus of the work was on Children’s Rights.

The pupils of Byrchall High School had been developing their understanding of the Rights of Children during lessons. Then on a Gold Day in March the whole school developed resources and explored issues about the rights of children in different parts of the world.

Some pupils in Year 8 wrote the lyrics and music for a song, with the help of Mr Holden. A recording was made of Byrchall pupils singing this, along with the pupils of our English partner school, St John’s CE Primary School in Pemberton. When we were in South Africa we also recorded the Smiling Valley pupils singing the song.

We took two students, who are training to be teachers, to South Africa. They worked with the younger pupils to develop their interest in reading. They then worked with the staff to help the South African learners use the stories to develop numeracy and literacy skills.

The South African pupils enjoyed “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance”.

The highlight of the visit was a whole school sports day. The older pupils helped organise the event and develop their leadership skills.

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