Our European signpost, shown above, shows the European partner schools we have worked with over the last few years; it is sited near our school entrance.
Our links with school across Europe allows for interaction between schools to promote understanding of other cultures and enhances a wide European perspective.
The EU has now decided to end the Comenius programme and replace it with a programme named after Erasmus, another famous European thinker from the past and from September 2016 we have started a new linking project with partner schools in Europe entitled Arts and Traditions in Modern Settings. Our partners for this new project are from Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Poland and France and we are excited about the chance to work with these partners, old and new.
Staff from all the schools visit one another to learn about the culture of the country and approaches to teaching.
Children undertake joint projects and tasks to share ideas and forge new friendships. They use video conferencing, website videos, letters and songs to communicate with each other.
The mascots for each partner school are important because they take part in all visits and create child friendly blogs to record what they see. Gregory Bear is Widden's mascot and his blogs can be viewed here.
Partnership Staff at the meeting in Sweden
Song for Europe
All the children in all of the partner schools made a video of themselves singing our school song and then Mr Sutton and a teacher from Uhtna edited the files to make this fantastic "song for Europe"