A partnership with Bekumsa Biya school in Ethiopia has resulted in regular visits from BCPS teachers, who teach there with the support of the British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme. Their experiences, photographs and footage have increased pupils’ knowledge and understanding of global citizenship.
Bekumsa Biya has approximately 900 children attending and is of a rural nature with most of the children coming from a farming community. The children attend school and work within the agriculture of the farms.
Bronnie Williams and James Beevor were the visiting teachers in 2015. They introduced the Broadclyst vs Bekumsa Biya Olympics, demonstrating the use of investigation in teaching mathematical skills. They tasked the Grade 4 children with measuring their own long jumps and timing themselves running 400m, as well as recording their scores for the children of Broadclyst to compete against.
Media meets Art
BCPS is participating in an exciting two-year Erasmus+ project, Media Meets Art, funded by the European Commission. The project began in Volksschule Gutenberg, Austria and now stretches across four other European schools in England, Denmark, Finland and France.
All the teachers involved aim to gain new insights and knowledge in the fields of media competence and new technologies specifically based around the teaching of art and art history.
Two teachers at BCPS, Miss Farrant and Miss Gomersall are travelling to each school to gain experience to enrich their teaching and include a global dimension. They are watching new, dynamic and engaging teaching methods using technology in the classroom and observing best practice in the school settings, and they are writing a blog about their experiences.
Find out more about Media Meets Art
Global Enterprise Challenge
The Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) is an annual business enterprise initiative run by BCPS. Each year, hundreds of students aged between 9 and 15 participate, in teams across more than 20 different countries.
The GEC was developed by BCPS in 2014, when it won a ‘pitch’ competition run by Microsoft within its Showcase School community across the world. It incorporates a wide range of business skills while encompassing many different elements of the school curriculum, putting the children’s learning into a real-life context and using Microsoft Office 365 technology to allow worldwide collaboration and creativity.
One of the key aims of the challenge is for the children to communicate and collaborate not only with the other children in their team but with the other teams in their international company across the world. At each stage of the challenge each team must share its ideas and outcomes with the other teams in the international company through the collaboration tools found within Office365.
Find out more about the Global Enterprise Challenge