Ednam primary pupils’ European connections

Teacher exchange at Ednam Primary School. Teachers from all over Europe learning and teaching with Ednam pupils.

Teacher exchange at Ednam Primary School. Teachers from all over Europe learning and teaching with Ednam pupils.

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Ednam Primary School’s second Comenius Project brought the world to the childrens’ classroom again this week.

The British Council project links 11 schools from 10 countries: Poland, Romania, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, Spain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and, of course, Scotland. The activities range from emailing and skype, to singing eachother songs from their different countries.

“We are a small primary of 70 pupils, but have friends all over the globe, and some are in our classroom every week,” said teacher and Comenius project co-ordinator Tom Pike, who welcomed 22 teachers this week, touring them round Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament with Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

“It’s been quite a feat of coordination,” Mr Pike said. “The teachers have been going into classes and teaching the kids a song – a challenge with so many languages.”

Before they leave this weekend, the teachers will hear the children sing all the songs at school this morning.

“Ednam has done a lot of global school work before, with America, Japan, and Palestine – we got lots of insights from the pupils there; what they were living through,” Mr Pike added.

He went on: “Teachers also share ideas; they get experience of our teaching methods, and we get experience of their methods. It’s an opportunity for the children to get to know pupils in Europe, to see their similarities and differences. The kids get an insight that children around the world are not so different to themselves.”