Rosa Street School works hard to introduce our children to the wider world around them, including places in other countries. Being involved in projects such as Connecting Classrooms has enabled links with other schools and from these links children have gained a better understanding of the context of each school including cultural norms, school setting, children’s interests and how people in other countries live. Children at Rosa Street are encouraged to become global citizens and take part in regular activities to champion children’s rights around the world.
Here is a link to our action plan:
Midigama Maha Vidyalaya
We have been working with Mr Patabengai, Midigami in Sri Lanka since 2014. It is located on the south coast of Sri Lanka in the Matara District, southern province and lies 23.5km from the city of Galle. The school has approximately 800 pupils aged 5-16. I was already working with the school in Sri Lanka when I changed schools. The Sri Lankans were keen to continue our working relationship when I joined my new school, Rosa Street Primary in 2014. Over the years we have developed a collaborative and supportive relationship working on action plans and joint projects. Reciprocal visits each year has enabled different members of staff to visit each other’s school which has been very beneficial to the work undertaken and has strengthened the link through first hand experiences. Our teachers have visited the school yearly and the Sri Lankan teachers have visited Rosa Street Primary. We work on joint projects and our children are able to learn about Sri Lankan traditions and customs.
Ecole Elementaire Jean Racine
We have worked with the school “Ecole Jean-Racine elementary school in the Chateauroux region in France since 2015. since then we have visited the school with our pupils while on our visit to Paris. We have worked on joint projects such as “Our school” and “Festivals”. The partnership has befitted our pupils as it encourages them to speak and write another language and to visit another country where they can experience everyday life that is different to their own. Our children have visited the school and enjoy working together.
We chose to use the Gobal goal no. 6 “Clean water and sanitation.” Initially, the Year 5 and 6 worked on the activities then the whole school became involved during Water Week. We wanted to highlight to our pupils the importance of water (something they take for granted). We also wanted to link this activity in to our Rights Respecting initiative. The pupils learned that water is at the heart of sustainable development and it is important for the process of social and economic development, energy, food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival. It is also a rights issue as all communities have the right to have enough water for their needs, not only to drink, use for cooking but for sanitation. Children investigated water-related challenges in the world’s poorest countries: – drinking water; sanitation facilities; collecting water from contaminated sources; water scarcity; wastewater contaminating rivers or sea; water used for irrigation; number of deaths due to water and sanitation related diseases and most of all why it matters to have clean water and sanitation and what is being done about it, for example World water week The whole school participated in World Water week and concluded our event with a celebration of water on World Water day 22 March 2019 – focussing on importance of water for everyone.
Favourite Traditional Stories
Year 6 pupils spent time during English lessons researching their favourite stories. They then worked on acting out the stories and discussing any moral dilemmas. They then retold the stories and wrote their own version. These were sent to Sri Lanka. The pupils from Sri Lanka sent letters of thanks and asked when Mrs Harrison visited the school she would read the pupils the original stories. While Mrs Lazenby, Mrs Hilton and Mrs Atkinson were in Sri Lanka they not only read the stories but taught a series of English lessons to the pupils, giving them the same learning experiences as their counterparts in the UK. From this the pupils tried writing their own stories which were then photographed and brought to the UK. Not finished Year 6 pupils spent time in English researching favourite stories. They then worked on acting out the stories and discussing any moral dilemmas. They then retold the stories and wrote their own version. These were sent to Sri Lanka. What was to be a one off teaching experience Mrs Lazenby, Mrs Hilton and Mrs Atkinson worked with the children giving them the same learning experiences as their counterparts in the UK. From this the pupils tried writing their stories and doing drama work.
International week – Christmas around the World!
As part of our Christmas celebration we have shared Christmas cards over the last few years with Sri Lanka. This activity was initially instigated by the pupils. This year each class planned work for the week before we broke up for Christmas. All classes selected a different country for activities to be based around. These included: Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, India, Mexico and Australia. Work was shared in assemblies at the end of the week and used to make a lovely display. It was a fantastic opportunity for all pupils to find out more about when and how Christmas is celebrated around Europe and the rest of the world.
First World War Armistice Centenary 2018
The whole school have been learning all about the events of the world wars this week. A World War re-enactment company joined us in school and children brought items of interest into school.
Sikhism in Year 4/5 – Autumn 2018
This term we have been learning about different religions including Sikhism. We have explored the beliefs of Sikhs and how these beliefs can be expressed. We had lots of interesting questions for our special visitor Cloud Singh which helped us learn lots about the religion.
London Visit 2018
Children had an exciting itinerary that included a West End show, visit to the Tower of London, a river cruise, Natural History Museum visit and the London Eye experience.
France Visit 2017
In France we were based on the outskirts of Paris with an inspirational itinerary to immerse pupils within the French culture. Children enjoyed visiting some unmissable attractions and the French-themed activities ensured it was a memorable trip for all.
Welcome to our two special guests
We are very pleased, once again, to welcome two very special visitors to our school this week. Our visitors arrived all the way from our twin school in Sri Lanka to spend the whole week experiencing our school way of life. They will be working with all the classes, swapping knowledge and ideas. Please keep a look out for photographs and displays that will appear around the school over the coming week.
Rosa Street Visit Sri Lanka
Mr Hornsby and Mrs Wilson received a warm welcome when they visited our twin school in Sri Lanka in February 2017. Please have a look at some of the wonderful photos taken during their exciting visit.