European Friends - TRADITIONAL TOYS AND GAMES
Children certainly love toys and playing games. They love to search for them, construct their own toys, learn about toys from other times and other countries. Yet it is increasingly a common happening for children to spend many hours playing games in isolation via their computer or games console. Fewer are the opportunities for them to play games socially with their family or friends. All too often television, dvds and time on the computer take a more predominant role in their day to day lives. Children are spending an increasingly large amount of time indoors and missing out on more physical games that promote healthy living.
Bruegel: Children's games
Our traditional toys and games project will provide opportunities for the development of personal learning and thinking skills, key skills that will support improved prospects and skills for lifelong learning and future employment. We hope to arouse their natural curiosity and creativity, providing a more balanced range of social activities.
Learning to enquire independently, think creatively to solve problems, adapting for team work, opportunities to manage themselves independently and evaluating their own strengths will play a major role.
The aspects of the project fully support cooperation between the partners schools staff and children with many opportunities to share work, collaborate during activities and evaluate the outcomes together. It will enable children to ask questions and learn answers from first hand experience.
By researching the toys and games of past times, children will have the opportunity to form productive relationships regardless of age. The European dimension will enable them to develop positive relationships with people from different surroundings other than their own. Games will provide the first stepping stone in establishing worthwhile friendships regardless of language barriers. It will also enable the children to further develop their awareness of their own cultural identity while promoting speaking and listening skills. The project will enable them to learn about the toys, games and sporting hobbies from their peers in other countries, comparing them with their own and identifying commonality.
The project will include participation in team sports and games that promote exercise and healthy living. It will promote their involvement in further out of school sporting hobbies.
It is hoped that teachers will use the project as a catalyst to develop their own teaching expertise, exchanging pedagogical practise and information about the organisation of school's in different countries. It will motivate them to further extend their knowledge of ICT and modern communication technologies.
Through the project 'Traditional Toys and Games' the European partners intend to raise awareness of their own and others national language, history, geography and culture through play and games. This real life context will awaken the pupils' curiosity and interest for other cultures and language while providing a purposeful scenario to their work. Sharing facts, experiences and time with their European peers will enrich them physically, emotionally and mentally.
Pupils in all partner countries will learn more about their own local history, with local community members and parents involved in each stage of the learning process. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in various games, workshops and ICT activities.
Activities will include: researching the history of toys in their own and other countries, learning to play games/sports and to teach them to others, designing and manufacturing toys made from natural materials and mathematical games to support number skills. They will also address the requirements of others who have differing needs.
Through the project outcomes we hope our children will become more active, making better choices for a healthy lifestyle as well as developing leadership skills. The nine partner schools will exchange information via post, a shared website, webchats, a blog, the internet and while participating in mobilities. Cooperation between children will play an important role and we hope to include them in as many mobilities as possible. They will develop a European spirit while learning to respect and value the diversity amongst them and develop language skills accordingly.
-arouse natural curiosity and creativity through cooperative tasks
-enhance the personal development of pupils by promoting basic life skills
-promote equality by including participants from economically deprived areas, those from ethnic minorities and children with specific educational needs or disabilities
-to encourage leadership, active citizenship, healthy lifestyles and community cohesion
-raise awareness of own cultural heritage
-raise interest in and develop an awareness of other European cultures exploring/celebrating their diversity and similarities
-encourage the learning of foreign language skills
-exchange experiences/ideas from each other's school systems and curriculum, supporting improvements in pedagogical approaches
-motivate teachers, children and their families to make the most of modern communication technologies
Problems and Subjects to address:
-lack of participation in healthy activities and pass times that enrich their lives mentally, socially, emotionally and physically
-low self esteem and poor motivation for learning
-lack of awareness of their own cultural heritage and that of their European peers
-lack of sensitivity to the needs and cultural identity of others resulting in stereotyping and racially motivated confrontations
-lack of confidence when using and keeping up to date with information technology.
-poor opportunities for children to visit other places outside their own local environment.
Approaches we will use:
-Cooperation/collaboration in different ways e.g. face to face, sharing via website.
-Teacher and pupil involvement in visits to partner countries sharing first hand experiences and learning through cooperative tasks linked to traditional toys and games
-Participate in visits to museums, exhibitions and local places of interest
-Design and manufacture toys and games for people with different needs than their own e.g. older person, others who do not speak their language
-Cooperate to develop a European good friend charter or 'golden rules' for sharing toys and playing games
-Project meetings to encourage communication and a shared ethos between the teachers and pupils
-Development of skills using new technologies: emails, video conferencing, shared learning platforms, website, blog and alike
-Community events to promote a range of stakeholders in community e.g. craft workshops, games events, celebrations and local displays
1. Great Britain - PS Ward Green
2. Belgium - PS Anna Baal
3. Spain - PS Formula Educativa, S.C.M.
4. Italy - PS Istituto Comprensivo di Ghilarza
6. Lithuania - Kindergarden Pravieniškiu lopšelis-darželis "Ąžuoliukas"
7. Greece - PS First primary school Pyrgos
8. Slovenia - PS Pohorskega odreda Slovenska Bistrica
9. Romania - SS Academician Nicolae Teodorescu
10. Turkey - PS Bozüyük Zafer Ilkögretim Okulu
September 2012 Around Europe Travel Brochure - Brochures that include geographical, historical and cultural aspects of own country and others.
September 2012 Partnership Website Launched - partners to work in cooperation with each other. Raised profile of project to share with all stakeholders and wider community. Outlines objectives of the project and provides shared ownership between partners.
On-going Passport to a Partner' Day Event - After mobility partners draw on knowledge of the geography, history, the arts, cuisine and music of other country. Celebrate it's cultural uniqueness and compare with their own country. Recorded via website.
October 2012 Project Final Plan to be drawn up during project meeting at first mobility. Plan will finalise mobilities, arrangements, shared costs and products for those countries accepted. Published on partnership website.
October 2012 European Kites - Each partner to create own country's kite developing awareness of historical importance of own nation's flag. During Spain mobility children share own flags and cooperate to create 'partnership' kite.
October 2012 Mascot Blog Created - To learn from the first hand experience of children in other countries what their daily life entails, their recreational activities and interests. Children update information on blog for partner's mascot.
November 2012 European Party Games and Recipe Book - a book of party games and simple foods from other nations. Children learn and appreciate the customs of other cultures through party celebrations.
January 2013 Museum Boxes of Childhood Memories - explore history and development of toys in different nations. Exhibition of museum boxes during Romania mobility. Boxes photographed and produced into powerpoint.
March 2013 Penpal scheme initiated - to develop cooperative friendships with children in other European countries. To provide a real purpose for the acquisition of language skills. A scrap book of letters/information created and shared in each partner school.
May 2013 Around Europe Board Game - To develop and extend basic numeracy skills. To consider the needs of other when developing games e.g. age, language, ability. Each game reflects an aspect of partner country.
September 2013 Playground Games Calendar - Children research games through art of own country. Children from partner schools photographed playing traditional street games and added to calendar with instructions. One month to be a montage of all countries.
September 2013 Playtime Leader's Initiative Resources - Children to cooperate during mobility in order to create a 'European Good Friend Charter'. They will create a list of golden rules, t-shirts and badges for use when implementing in own schools.
November 2013 CD/DVD of Traditional Singing Games - To develop an awareness and appreciation of partner country's history through music and simple movements/dances. Games and songs videoed and DVD created.
January 2014 Around Europe Playing Cards and Games - Partner countries create unique playing card pack with information about countries e.g. food, landmark, language. During mobility children to teach each other traditional card games and invent own.
March 2014 Design a treasured toy - for those with specific needs different to their own. Collaborative work -research, design and share for partners to assemble. Record and collate their work using digital photography and publishing software.
April 2014 In Your Shoes - competitive games web page. Research and learn to play sporting activities that disabled people participate in across the partner countries. Adapt an outdoor game/activity from their country for a person with differing needs.
May 2014 Fairground Fundraiser - To research traditional fair games and manufacture for use in the end of project celebration. To promote community cohesion by inviting the wider community.
June 2014 End of project report - outlining aims, objectives and evaluation of works undertaken. Added to website.