Our ‘Stories from around the World in Classrooms’ work enabled children to explore the characteristics and cultures of different countries through a range of stories. Each classroom focused on exploring a particular story from another country and children visited each classroom to undertake a range of activities relating to that story and country.
In Class 1 children explored Ireland and the Children of Lir. They made life-sized swans which the children travelled in around school. Class 2 was dominated by a huge spider made by the children together with a very large web as they explored Ghana and the story of Anansi the Spider. Children made spiders and learnt about African customs. In Class 3 children made a large pagoda as they explored Mulan and China. Class 4 was dominated by a very tall giant – one of the largest structures ever made by the pupils as they learnt about Ireland and the story of Finn MacCool. The children also made large boulders!
Class 5 explored Germany and the story of The Musicians of Bremen making a life-sized donkey, a pig and a range of musical instruments. Class 6 were busy making a eucalyptus forest, a koala and a wombat as they explored the story of Why Koala Has A Stumpy Tail and Australia. In Class 7 children explored Egypt with a bazaar and pyramids. The children made a life-sized camel after reading the story of What’s The Matter Habibur? The children were amazed that the camel was strong enough for them to sit on! Children also made Egyptian cats and expolored hieroglyphics. In Nursery children learnt to line dance whilst also making a huge lizard and a very large cactus as they explored the USA and the story of “There Was a Coyote who Swallowed A Fly.”
Over three days, every child in school visited each classroom to explore the story, the country and to undertake a range of activities linked to the story and the particular country.
Over 160 children made story hats at home and brought these into school for a parade in the school hall – all participants were rewarded with a personalised certificate and Shelton Infant University credits.
This project provides an excellent example of how the school addresses it’s aims – Achieve Well, Aim High, Have Fun – through the use of a creative and exciting curriculum.