Laceby junior school's lesson in European culture
STAFF at a Laceby junior school said YES to Europe as teachers from ten different countries visited.
Stanford Junior School has joined a special programme called Sharing Tradition, Creating Unity, which will open their eyes to opportunities and culture on the continent over the next two years.
As part of it, the school hosted more than 20 teachers from Italy, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Wales, Finland, Germany and England.
Teacher Shaun Bell was inspired to form the group after seeing how children were educated during a visit to Cyprus, despite working with fewer resources.
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"Our children need to know that there is opportunity outside of Britain and learn about Europe as it is going to be a big part of their lives as the world gets smaller," said Mr Bell.
Throughout the course of the project, funded by the British Council – with foreign schools finding finance from their own sources – the 12 teachers and 12 support staff at Stanford will make 24 trips to partner schools.
Students will have foreign pen pals, talk to children from other countries via online video links and e-mail, and will learn about the customs of other nations in Europe.
Head Mark Wrigley said: "It gives children an understanding of other cultures, teaches them to form relationships with people from Europe and also teaches them how to do this with modern technology."
But just how different are schools in Grimsby to schools in Spain, Finland, Portugal and Italy?
We asked the overseas teachers to give us their thoughts following their visit to Stanford Junior School.
JORGE Ventura, from Leiria in Portugal, said: "All the children wear school uniform. In Portugal, only the private schools have uniforms. Our teachers have assistants in the classroom but I haven't seen much of that here.
"We don't have lunch boxes in Portugal. Children either have school dinners or go home if they live nearby."
ARI Antilla, from Ylöjärvi in Finland, said: "We have no school uniforms in Finland. Our school meals for children are free so no-one brings lunch in. Our primary schools are much bigger and we have separate rooms for everything – music, art, lunch.
"The children were very quiet when we came in the morning – I don't know how they do it."
RITA Rossi, from Umbria in Italy, said: "We don't have morning assemblies in Italy, we just have lessons. These start at 8am and finish at 1pm for lunch. They come back for afternoon lessons which can go on until 4pm or 5pm and sometimes students have music lessons afterwards as many learn to play instruments at school. We also teach on a Saturday."