Avonbourne School Pangea Project

We had a fabulous time in Finland during April 2015 on the second Pangea trip! Two students were accompanied by Danielle Fisher and Rebecca Young, both English teachers from Avonbourne College in Bournemouth.

We enjoyed meeting students and teachers from the other countries and our students had the opportunity to teach English which they enjoyed.

We are currently in the process of deciding how we will incorporate the project into the wider school. We are thinking about working with younger students to teach them the story.

We have published an article in the local College newspaper and mention the Pangea Project on our website.

Dissemination to Avonbourne College Newsletter!

Pangea Project

The English Department has recently begun a new Erasmus+ partnership called Pangea, which aims to connect it with other schools in Europe. Gifted & Talented students in Year 9 are well under way with planning for their first trip to Pori, Finland in April 2015. The aim of the project is quite simply, to engage with and enjoy Literature. Students are required to read short stories from each of the countries involved in the project and to then explore & analyse each story alongside their international peers.

Activities include, adding to a central Pangea blog that has been created where students can engage with the story and share ideas, as well as creating tasks that each group can complete to further connect with the story.

The aim is for as many of 9Y1 and 9X1 to take part in this project as possible. The English Department are extremely excited about this venture and looking forward to developing their international relations!

Watch this space for Pangea Project updates.

Seminar in Finland, Spring 2015

The second meeting of Pangea Project was held in Finland in Pori. The dates of meeting were from 27th of April to 30th of April 2015. Meeting place was in Service sector of WinNova in. In our meeting we had participants from coordinator country Hungary and from every partner countries; Poland, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom. Two teachers and two students from every country was participating the meeting.

Students were living in host families, so they had very good opportunity to learn as much as possible about Finnish culture and normal way of life. Also families had good opportunity to learn about guests´ culture. Families and students got new friends for the rest of their life.

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Warming-up – eager discussion about important person, place and date

During the first day every partner gave Prezi presentation about own country, city and school.  During the first day we had also guided tour in Pori, we had opportunity to learn main attractives of Pori.

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Walking in Pori, behind the group is old city hall

During the second meeting day we heard presentations about Finnish story: The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson. We heard and saw many interesting ways, which students and teachers has made in different countries; booklets, mobiles, series, videos, hand puppets and moomin house. We heard also two presentations of the writer Tove Janssson.

So good presentations about Moomin story:

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After working hard in classroom we had culture programme. We visited old Rauma, which is on Unesco’s world heritage list. The weather in Rauma was very windy and cold, but after that it was very nice to go to smoke sauna to Kullaa. The smoke sauna is near the lake Joutsijärvi. In sauna we had meetings in Finnish way. The water in the lake Joutsijärvi was quite cold, but after that the warm of sauna was the best.

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Group picture after sauna in Kullaa

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Spanish team and Lake Joutsijärvi

Durin the 3rd and 4th meeting day students planned logo for Pangea project in international groups and then they presented them to other participants.

Spanish – Polish team is presenting their result

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Teachers planned in their group plan for lesson of Moomin story. Turkish partner has made competition about Moomin story and the writer Tove Jansson.

One important thing was to plan next seminar in September 2015 in Poland and things to do before that. During the meeting we were also discussing about reporting the project to our National Agencies.

Farewell dinner with the Manager of the service sector of WinNova was wery nice end to our seminar.

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Satisfied teachers after working hard – see you in the next seminar in Poland!

24.06.2015 Leena Seppänen