Pupils in Wrexham make friends across the channel

Published date: 06 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CHILDREN and staff at a primary school have been expanding their horizons with a variety of projects.

Pupils at Bwlchgwyn Primary have become friends with schoolchildren in France, thanks to a grant from the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

It enabled teacher Samantha Jutson to visit Nantes in France from where she did a blog and sent children emails about her experiences.

Mrs Jutson said: “We received a grant from the British Council as part of a project to experience the education system in France. This meant we had to do language preparation courses and it involved a lot of writing.

“I went over to Nantes to see what it is like in a French classroom, and while I was there, the children back in Bwlchgwyn and I were blogging and sending emails to each other, as well as to their counterparts in France.

“They really enjoyed asking each other questions, learning about the differences and similarities between France and here, and the trilingual element of it is also important.”

Pupils have also been learning the value of design and planning as they have been creating their own outdoor garden.

Mrs Jutson added: “The children have been planning and designing their own outdoor garden, and it is a nice way for them to learn outside of the classroom.

“They have planned many different areas of the garden, and slowly but surely they are setting it up.

“It is teaching them good skills, how things are designed, and the importance of planning, but in a fun way to which they can relate.”

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