22-28 April 2018
Sunday, 22nd April 2018: UK here we come!
St Michael's RC Primary School from Houghton-le-Spring is the host of our second LTTA! Students from Romania, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Portugal and Croatia arrive in the UK. The Croatian team arrives early enough to take a flight on the London Eye and go for a short sighteeing tour around London, before they take the train to Durham, the city in North East England.
Monday, 23rd April 2018: Welcome to St. Michael's RC Primary School; Earth Day activities; Seven language dictionary
In the morning the bus is waiting for all the participants in front of the hotel in Durham, to take them to Houghton-le-Spring. There's a welcoming programme prepared by the host school: a welcoming speech by the headmistress, Mrs Wilson, a choir and a scene from Macbeth played by students. Each country visits a different class. All the participants mark the Earth Day together. After delicious lunch prepared by the hosts, students and teachers learn basic communicative phrases from seven languages of all partner schools. They record audio for our seven language dictionary, to be published at the end of the project. It's interesting and fun!
In the afternoon there's enough time to go to Newcastle. We enjoy sights such as Newcastle Cathedral and beautiful bridges over the Tyne River.
Tuesday, 24th April 2018: A visit to the local library; Sharing our favourite book characters
Teams from six counties, accompanied by the hosts, visit the library in Houghton-le-Spring. The staff welcomes them and introduces them to the place. It looks very cosy! There is a specially decorated reading corner for children. After flipping through books, there is also a workshop for the students. After lunch, students from all countries give presentations on their favourite book characters. It's very interesting to listen what they've prepared!
In the afternoon all the teams go for a sightseeing tour around Durham: They visit all the interesting landmarks. The most remarkable place however is Durham Cathedral, a Norman building constructed between 1093 and 1133. For students, it is especially interesting to find out that this is the place where some scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.
Wednesday, 25th April 2018: Walking visit to Raintow Meadows Nature Reserve; UN Rights of the Child
Today it's time to visit Raintow Meadows Nature Reserve. We take a long walk to enjoy a beautiful landscape and fresh air and get a bit of physical exercise.
Although the main aim of our project is to strenghten the eight key competences for lifelong learning, an important issue in this process is also to make our students familiar with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Therefore a workshop with teams from all countries and Year 5 from the host school is dedicated to this. Convention in child friendly language is tackled, including brainstorming, discussion and poster making.