On Reflection Focus and discipline Technical excellence, but lack independence and creativity? Personalised learning?
Issues to Overcome Language barriers Social differences Time constraints
Outcomes Increased global dimension to school Children created friendships across the world Recognition from Ofsted Curriculum enriched with creativity Professional development for staff
What do the Children Think? I have a friend in China! Not many other children my age can say that. I loved learning about Qi Baishi. His paintings are nice colours, I enjoyed having a go at them. It is really different in China. My penpal has to do 3 hours of homework a night! I liked to see the work that they had done in New Putuo on David Hockney. They are all really good at art! It is really important to know about other places in the world. One day I hope I will be able to visit Shanghai.
What do the Teachers Think? It is great that the children have an awareness of other countries and our place in the wider world. I think the project has really revitalised the whole curriculum and every class has wanted to be involved