Before we left for Larissa all staff worked together to produce a presentation on aspects of our culture. Lynne spoke a little about our education system then provided some information about Shakespeare as the theme of our course is supporting children, especially those with additional needs, with drama based activities, Levia presented some modern British poetry about London. James and Julie spoke about their role outside school in the Scouting Movement then all participants learnt about the most appropriate knots to use for first aid and mountain rescue. We shared songs we had performed in our annual carnival and were led by Joan, Sherella and Ade. Kat and Della ran a fine quiz on British culture using interactive technology. Do you know which is the most popular take away food in Britain, is it Indian or Chinese – (answer tomorrow). Then Lynn our SENCo revealed the mysterious use of the giant Thor like hammer we had tucked away in our luggage and everyone took turns at some basic croquet moves.
We then heard about the education system in Croatia from our course organiser Ivan and the arts organisation he founded called PriciaLicia and the opportunities it provides young people.
We also actively took part in a presentation from teaching colleagues in Cologne and learnt songs they teach in their International classes to support new citizens as they join the German education system.
Most importantly we were introduced to Professor Alkistis Kondoyianni who will be leading sessions on supporting Early Learners, particularly those with special educational needs and disabilities, through drama based activities. We are very lucky to be able to learn from Professor Kondoyianni as she has written many books on the topic and is a leading exponent in her field. Professor Kondoyianni also runs groundbreaking workshops in Greece using devised drama with prisoners as part of a process of restorative justice.
Staff are benefiting so much from attending this course – though we have been a bit tired as after the flight we had a five hour coach journey to reach our destination, still tht is all part of the experience. We are very grateful to Erasmus+ for providing us with this opportunity to extend our knowledge and experience.