The British Council’s International School Award recognises and celebrates Elston Hall School's commitment to International Relations. This globally recognised accreditation helps us enrich learning, improve our teaching and enables us to successfully embed international relations into the curriculum. At Elston Hall School we actively promote international education and recognise its importance across all aspects of the curriculum. The International School Award offers a global support network to staff and enables our students to become culturally aware and responsible for their actions. International education ensures Elston Hall students become global citizens and are ready to effectively participate in a multicultural world, serving others locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Partnership Schools Include:

MUMS Memorial School
Chandragiri-15
Fareshpakha
Kalenki
Kathmandu
Nepal

Year 4 were excited to receive a letter and Christmas cards from their link school in Nepal. We hope they like the cards we sent them!

Wilhelm-Raabe-Schule

Classes have already exchanged letters and emails.

Ecole Antoine Saint Exupery

Projects have involved sharing information about pupils' lives and hobbies in a pen pal style project where letters, Easter and Christmas cards have been exchanged. This really made learning French purposeful and real. It also helped pupils to compare the similarities and differences between the two countries. We have also worked on joint projects where each school had a food afternoon and we tasted traditiona lFrench and English foods and we shared our feedback and favourites. We also completed a project in art where we learned about French and English artists and we copied some of their artistic style and works. When we were learning the names of shops and buildings in the High Street as part of our French lessons, we asked the French school to send us some photos from their local High Street so that children could see that Boulangerie was actually real in France! So, our partnership is really powerful in supporting our learning. 

Click on the links below to see the children from Ecole Antoine Saint Exupery.

French Children put on a Fashion Show

French Children Sing a Christmas Song

 

Edward Manzano Junior School

 

Children have created a Flat Stanley Gingerbread Man which they have decorated in a style that reflects their personality. These have been exchanged with the partner school and pupils will take their
received Flat Stanley around to places of interest and complete a passport style diary, recording the activity of the Flat Stanley in the country he is visiting. These will then be returned to the country of origin. This enhances children’s knowledge of the other country but also develops their awareness of their own country. 

Work we have sent to our Partner Schools

 

 

Work we have received from our Partner Schools

Year 5 were very excited to receive a holiday diary from their French partner school.

 

  

 

Local Partnership Schools

Aldersley High

 

This school is a main feeder school from our primary. Partner work initially began through Y6/7 transition meetings, but then evolved into much more. Previous links between the two schools included sharing of good practice from Secondary specialist teachers in terms of language teaching and strategies which have been shared with all primary staff, thus enhancing our teaching provision. We have also
taken groups of children for language sessions at the secondary school. Secondary pupils also became ‘language ambassadors’ for a term and supported the teaching and learning of French for some of our pupils. Secondary children also presented a song in French at our Languages Festival and their teacher was a guest judge.

  Teachers sharing their good practise.

Palmers Cross Primary School

 

Our staff move between each school, supporting planning and teaching, staff professional development and training and curriculum support. The MFL Subject Leaders from both schools meet regularly for updates and to share resources and are working together to secure the Foundation Level ISA for Palmers Cross.

St Bartholomew's Primary School

 

MFL Subject Leaders have worked together over the past few years as Leading Languages Teachers for the Local Authority. They have  hosted meetings to support and share good MFL practice across the city and have also been involved in the organisation of MFL Singing Festivals across the LA. Both schools are now also part of a teaching alliance as teaching schools and this will enable the links to develop further and also to spread the importance of MFL, global learning and multicultural learning across the city. Our children have also collaborated on joint MFL projects to support their learning.

Ormiston New Academy

This school is a main feeder school from our primary. Partner work initially began through Y6/7 transition meetings, but then evolved into much more. Previous links between the two schools included sharing of good practice from Secondary specialist teachers in terms of language teaching and strategies which have been shared with all primary staff, thus enhancing our teaching provision. 

Edward the Elder Primary School

Our staff move between each school, supporting planning and teaching, staff professional development and training and curriculum support. The MFL Subject Leaders from both schools meet regularly for updates and to share resources and are working together to secure the Foundation Level ISA for Edward the Elder.

Goldthorn Park Primary School

Our staff move between each school, supporting planning and teaching, staff professional development and training and curriculum support. The MFL Subject Leaders from both schools meet regularly for updates and to share resources and are working together to secure the Foundation Level ISA for Edward the Elder.

 International Activities

March 2019 Year 4 Asia Day

Year 4 had a lovely day celebrating all things Asian! Children had the opportunity to make Chinese fans, design mehndi patterns, learn an Indian dance, create rangoli patterns, listen to Arjan play his dhol drum and participate in a delicious Indian feast made by Mrs Suwali! Thank you to parents/carers for providing children with their amazing outfits.

  

  

 

 March 2019 World Book Day

During our annual book week, we focus upon stories from around the world and in different languages. This is an annual event and we focus upon different stories in each year group every year. We plan it so that it coincides with World Book Day Celebrations and hold a two-day Book Fair in School. Using the Mantra Lingua talking books, we also share books in different languages and celebrate the stories
of other countries. This is something that we share across all the schools in our Trust. Children’s learning will revolve around these texts for the whole week. We also try to invite in professional storytellers to share stories with children.

Children loved dressing up as their favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day 2019. We spent the day celebrating reading, books and authors. Each year group chose a multicultural text to focus on.

Reception - Mama Panya's Pancakes - story from Kenya with aspects linking to pancake day
Year 1 - Anansi and the Tug o'War (African folktale)​
Year 2 - The Tiger Child (A folk tale from India) - Joanna Troughton
Year 3 -  Under the moon and over the sea and A caribbean dozen by John Agard (poetry) (Caribbean)
Year 4 - Firework Maker's Daughter - Philip Pullman
Year 5 - The Hunter - Paul Geraghty
Year 6 - Journey to Jo'burg - Beverley Naidoo

     

December 2018 French Christmas Day

What a 'fabuleux' day we had!

Children spent the day learning French words, singing French songs, having lessons from specialist French teachers, tasting French food, making French Christmas cards and participating in French sports!

Year 5 Singing