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UK SCHOOL: Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Swansea, Wales
AGE RANGE: 13-14
PROJECT TITLE: Keep Fit!
UK TEACHER: Helen Edwards
During this project lasting one school year, 27 year 9 French pupils from Collège les Côtes, Péronnas, and 27 pupils from year 9 and 10 at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, undertook a project to study health and fitness with the intention of improving their own way of life. The pupils met each other twice, a week in France and a week in Wales where they participated in various activities regarding health and fitness. The project concluded with a video clip promoting a healthy lifestyle which was shown in both schools and presented to the various classes.
LINKS TO PROJECT OUTCOMES
All videos, the online magazine, pupils' work and the final video clip are available here: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/25025/home
PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY
Pupils had to work often in groups (3, 4 and 5 pupils per group) in class and at home and in school. They had to vote for the project logo and for the best videos. They carried out a sleep survey and documented the results. They used technology to create power points, videos and the online magazine.
The project will be included into the school curriculum, PSE French - Pupils improved their cultural knowledge, their linguistic and communication skills. PE - learnt how to measure and control their efforts to gain maximum results; they improved their coordination in learning the dance steps. Music - learning a bilingual song Science - they learnt how the body uses energy Welsh - they wrote articles for the online magazine, improving their report-writing skills IT - creation of power points, online magazine, and online videos.
COMMUNICATION AND EXCHANGE BETWEEN PARTNER SCHOOLS
The teachers involved in the project communicated regularly via email in order to agree on objectives and discuss how the project was advancing. The pupil’s partners communicated via written letter, videos and snapchat.
COLLABORATION BETWEEN PARTNER SCHOOLS.
September-October-November 2016 Pupils began to correspond: Letters were written to each other, video presentations were completed. A vote on the best videos was carried out in October 2016. December 2016 - pupils took part in a sleep survey, results on eTwinning. January-February 2017: pupils began to learn the song which accompanied the choreography. March 2017: Welsh pupils visited Péronnas where the song and choreography was relearned and pupils performed it together; pupils cooked together to produce French local delicacies; parts of the final video clip were performed. Pupils produced reports of their time in France. April 2017: French pupils visited Wales and participated in collaborative activities, providing intellectual and sporting challenges in dual-nationality teams. More extracts of the video clip were performed. May-June 2017: final video clip produced promoting a healthy lifestyle.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Pupils created power points, videos were produced by pupils, and an online magazine was produced.
RESULTS, IMPACT AND DOCUMENTATION
Much motivation was created amongst pupils as well as an excellent attitude towards working together (Welsh pupils with each other and Welsh and French pupils working together). Teachers also learnt from each other, French and Welsh colleagues had much experience to share. I personally have improved my management skills with this project. Other pupils in school have appreciated the work and enjoyment that goes into a project, which has encouraged some to take part in other projects currently taking place at the school. We have established a friendship and respect with the French school and pupils whom we hope will continue beyond the project. The final video clip can be seen at: https://youtu.be/-6cU7WnKJfE
We have received the Lefèvre grant in order to carry out the face to face contact within this project.
Accreditation for eTwinning Teacher Report statistic: Kearney, C. and Gras-Velázquez, À., (2018). eTwinning Twelve Years On: Impact on teachers’ practice, skills, and professional development opportunities, as reported by eTwinners. Central Support Service of eTwinning - European Schoolnet, Brussels. https://www.etwinning.net/eun-files/r...