Working with our friends from around the world!
Exciting new links with Bangladesh - May 2015
At Branston Junior Academy, we work hard to develop links with other schools both near and far and have, over the past few years, undertaken projects with schools in Poland, France, Australia and Guadeloupe. We feel strongly that making connections with others broadens our children's horizons and helps them to recognise similarities and differences between their own lives and those of others.
During this academic year, Venus Class have been working on a joint project with Taluk Shakhati High School in the village of Lalmonirhat in the north of Bangladesh. This connection has come about through a link with the British Council through Chris Williams, a British Council Ambassador who supports our school in our International work. Our project for the Autumn term was called 'A View From Our Window' and involved children producing a short description of the local area accompanied by a piece of art work. We shared our work and made comparisons of the two localities.
More recently we have been successful in an application for a grant from the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme which will enables a member of staff from each of the schools to visit the other. During the week of the 8th - 12th June 2015 we welcomed Mr Jotish Chandra Roy from Bangladesh. We had a wonderful week with Mr Roy observing lessons in our school, planning further collaborative projects and sharing expertise. Children in Venus Class spent the week baking traditional English recipes as part of the Design and Technology curriculum which culminated in ending the week sharing afternoon tea with Mr Roy.
Shakespeare Lives - Taking the Bard to Bejing!
To link with the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, children will be linking with a primary school in the Tangshen district in China to share a project based on the life of the bard. This has included:
-'What light from Yonder Window Breaks' sharing views of Branston and Lincolnshire.
- Research into key Shakespearian characters, such as Hamlet, Titania and Caliban.
- Watching and discussing short scenes from Shakespeare, such as the witches scene from Macbeth.
- Putting on a specially written adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for the Lincoln Drama Festival and sending a short film of the production to our link school.
There will be a visit from a group of Chinese teachers at the beginning of July where they will have the opportunity to watch rehearsals for 'Adapatable Little Creatures', a full-length perfromance by Year 5/6 pupils based around the themes of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Pupils will also have the opportunities to question the visitors about their schools and pupils.