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					                 School Partnership Project Templates
School Partnership Project Template 1:
From our window (7-11 or mixed ages)

Summary             The view from the window is a gentle way to
                    explore similarities and differences between
                    schools. It is a good introductory activity.
                    Different media can turn this into a very
                    interesting project.

First activity      Take a photo from your classroom window and
                    put descriptive labels on to some of the things
                    you can see. Paint a picture to represent the
                    colours and moods. Imagine the scene at a
                    different time of year. Class teams could take
                    these different approaches.

                    Discuss with the class the local to global… what
                    is in the school grounds, the locality of the
                    school, and what is global – the air, birds, the

                    Take a photo of each team looking out of the
                    window; it's a lovely way to introduce the class
                    and show the school buildings more

Exchange work       Send by post, fax, or via email examples of the
                    work you have done in class, and wait to
                    receive theirs.

                    Ask your students about what they're expecting
                    to see – the weather, the school buildings,
                    clothes, trees. This helps them to focus when
                    they do see the views.

Share responses     Try to set responses in the local to global
Extension           Create a display; hold an assembly.
Useful resources
                          Examples and ideas: www.woodlands-

                          Display and share the pictures using
                  - put up galleries
                           of photos of your class in privacy
School Partnership Project Template 2:

Fiesta! - good for 7-11 or mixed ages

Summary            Choose two dates during the year to exchange
                   festivals. They don't need to be the biggest
                   festivals – don't forget pancake day, Mother's
                   day and so on. One month beforehand, each
                   school will prepare a special 'guide' to help their
                   partner school to understand and celebrate an
                   unfamiliar festival. Agree carefully with the
                   partner school to avoid religious practices being
                   shared inappropriately and focus on customs,
                   games, food, dress etc.

First activity     Prepare a 'pack' that includes carefully written
                   instructions, history, labelled diagrams, photos
                   and recipes. This is ideal for team working.
                   Send off your pack in good time and keep

Exchange           Photograph the pack arriving and being opened.
                   Keep a diary of preparations for the festival day
                   and record what you do with photos and video if
                   possible. Send photos by SMS or email to your
                   partner school.

Share              Create a display board or scrapbook showing
                   your pack and the pictures from the partner
                   school. Repeat the exercise in the other
                   direction at a later date in the year!

Extension          Invite other schools, parents or local community
activities         to your 'festival'.

Useful resources
                       is useful for all
                          age groups and includes background
                          and texts.

                       lists
                          major festivals of world religions.

                       explains
                          more about English festival traditions
                          and also has a multicultural strand and

                       - example
                          of a Fiesta project.
School Partnership Project Template 3:

A day in the life (for 7-11 or mixed ages)

Summary      Students produce and present a PowerPoint
             presentation, scrapbook, cartoon or video montage of a
             typical day in the life of one or more of the students.
             These are more interesting (and entertaining) when
             pupils show their school as they really experience it,
             rather than as their teachers would like it to be!

First        Different teams can think about different aspects of
activity     school and home life, such as gender differences and
             stereotypes, games, study, family and so on. Team
             members can take on roles such as actor, script,
             director, artist, camera and so on. Upload presentations
             to a shared webspace, or send them by memory stick or
             in the post (keep copies!)

Exchange     Examine and respond to the work your partner school
             has sent. You could find similarities and differences with
             your own project, or relate their daily activities to family,
             culture, food, education and so on.

Share        Take part in a shared feedback session by video
             conference, message board or live online discussion.

Extension    Repeat the exercise for a 'guest' from your partner
activities   school – this could be a travel buddy from a younger
             class group and is a great way to involve younger
             children in the participating schools.
             Using the presentations received from your partner
             school, prepare instructions to help visitors to your
             partner school so they know what to expect and how to

                     gives a 6min tutorial on using the online mapping

                     shows cultural dialogue between UK and Ghana.

                    www.woodlands-
            for a day at
                     a primary school in the UK with a worksheet.

                    International Reply Coupons – available from post
                     offices in the UK to pay for the postal cost of
                     sending return packages.

School Partnership Project Template 4:
Culture in a box - good for 7-11 or mixed ages

Summary            Schools will exchange by parcel post the
                   'culture boxes' containing ten items. By
                   choosing the items to put in, they will learn
                   about 'how others see us'. By explaining their
                   choices they will try to tell their partner school
                   'how we see ourselves'.

First activity     Choose team(s) in each school that will find 10
                   items that represent their country. They will
                   collect these and send parcels to their partner
                   schools (for expensive items, use cut-out
                   pictures; or for large monuments use a photo or
                   a model).

Exchange work      Students decide how to stir up interest and
                   intrigue in their partner schools. They could
                   create a quiz to see if the items can be guessed
                   before they arrive. Or they could create
                   PowerPoints about stereotypes. Or perhaps
                   some helpful 'Do's and Don'ts' – what to say
                   and how to act when you see or use or eat the
                   item! Useful references such as maps, websites.

Share responses    Photograph the box arriving and being opened.
                   Were the guesses correct? Do the students
                   know how to treat the objects? What did they
                   expect and what was a surprise? (Use live
                   discussion, an online forum, send postcards and

                          Writing an essay: the most surprising

                          Creating a presentation about the
                           partner country(ies)

                          Role play video clips set in the partner

Useful resources   Ideas list: symbol, food item, famous building,
                   coin or stamp, clothing, famous painting, piece
                   of music, transport, anthem, saying, handcraft,
School Partnership Project Template 5:

Eating is believing (all ages; good for mixed ages)

Summary            This project allows students to share views and
                   question opinions about food in a global context
                   over two or more exchanges, ending with a
                   recipe and some cooking.

First activity     Choose a fruit or vegetable native to your
                   country. Take a photo or draw a picture of the
                   answer and hide it in an envelope or in a special
                   email ready for when you reply. Think of five
                   questions that could help someone to guess it
                   (taste and texture, colour, how it's prepared…)
                   and send the questions to your partner

Exchange           Choose a recipe from your country that uses
                   this ingredient. Send your partner school a
                   recipe with simple instructions so they can
                   follow it. Try to make it sound delicious and
                   explain why people like it and when they would
                   like to eat it. Check that it is healthy by looking
                   for fibre, vitamins, protein, sugar, salt and fat
                   and thinking about high and low content. You
                   could do this in teams (one to do the recipe,
                   one the information, one the description, one
                   the health check.

                   1. Ingredients - make sure you find out if these
                   things can be bought in your partners' countries
                   or that you include an alternative ingredient if it
                   2. Instructions on how to prepare the dish and
                   how to cook it if it needs cooking.
                   3. Some pictures of the finished product -
                   please try to take these yourself and not copy
                   them from the internet - it's much more
                   interesting to see the real thing made by you!

Share              The partner school can evaluate the recipe
                   presentations, and maybe they will try to cook
                   the dish for themselves!

Extension          Look at the project template, Farming, food
activities         production and fair trade.

Useful resources
                        can help with
                           recipes and 'how to'.

                        - an
                           example of a recipe exchange.
School Partnership Project Template 7:

Rivers (7-11 or mixed ages)

Summary            This template can be used (optionally) with the Rivers eLanguages
                   project at Using photos, drawings and
                   maps, the students represent the rivers in their country – a local
                   river and the most famous river!

First activity     Investigating and preparing resources on a local river. This could
                   include testing for water purity, spotting plant and wildlife, and
                   investigating the history of the river (was it used for industry, leisure,
                   transport… how is it used today). Another team or class can make a
                   presentation of the most famous river in your country. What is
                   famous about it. What might your partner school not know about it?
                   Will they guess the name?

Exchange           Find all the rivers on a map. Try to measure the length of the river
                   and find statistics such as how much water the river carries. Write
                   down what you liked about your partner school's work. What did you

Share              Take part in a shared feedback session by video conference, message
                   board or live online discussion. The groups could suggest some
                   themes for this discussion in advance.

Extension          Find some of the rivers mentioned by your partner school using
activities         Google Earth, an atlas or a text book. Or write poems. Listen to 'Old
                   Man River' – what does it mean to you?

Useful resources
                       An online project you can use to
                          create a resource about the Mississippi.

                       An online project that will
                          help you find out more about the Amazon.

                       See the contributions from India,
                          Turkey and Egypt – all are in PowerPoint form.

                       A creative approach to a rivers
                          project organised by the British Council as part of the
                          Connecting Classrooms programme.
Project template 8: Farming, food production and fair trade

Summary          The aim is to compare what foods are available in
                 your own and your partner school's country.
                 Students identify which countries are consumers,
                 and which countries are self-sufficient and look at
                 the merits and disadvantages of interdependence.

First activity   Students collect a selection of raw food products,
                 food product labels/packaging and favourite meals.
                 The students discuss local sourcing, traditional
                 foods, 'exotic' foods, national cuisines, international
                 cuisine and so on. They consult websites or
                 textbooks with information about organic food
                 production, climate and watering requirements.

Exchange         While exchanging work, the students further
                 research their partner country's climate, population
                 etc and make predictions. They consider the effect
                 of cash crops on the rural population and local

Share            The students report back on how the responses
                 supported or did not support the predictions they
                 made, giving reasons. They could make
                 presentations, display boards or topic folders.

Extension        Considering the 'trade justice' aspect of farming
activities       and food production, the options open to farmers
                 and free trade versus fair trade.

Useful           These websites offer resources and also a food-
resources        miles calculator.

                        (more advanced)

                       The students could devise survey questions
                        for their partner schools.
                        html ranks the countries that export
                        different food products.

                     for a great set of 10
                        factsheets on agriculture, aquaculture
                        (seafood), coffee, rice, cocoa and grain from
                        Thailand, Ghana, the Gambia, Burkina Faso,
                        India. Just click on Resources, Factsheets,
                        Global Issues.

                     - ideas for
                        your school link.

                     to become a
                    Fairtrade school.

                 for a facilitated Free vs Fair
                    Trade linking project with lesson plans and
                    resources (charge to UK schools).

Project template 9: Do's and don'ts, rights and
responsibilities (11-18)
Summary         Research into the law, discussion of the
                customs or moral codes, within your own
                school, or in your home orcountry. Setting
                questions for your partner schools. Joint
                discussion of the findings and global
                comparisons within and across cultures.

Set questions   Teams of students choose and composefive
                questions. The teachers need to discuss this
                beforehand. The questions could relate to
                school and its rules or the wider legal system –
                issues about family law such as divorce,
                inheritance;criminal law; the penalties for
                breaking the law. The question should take the
                form of first informing, then asking 'Our
                behaviour policy states that… What is the rule in
                your school?' or 'In this country, it is
                legal/illegal to… What is the law in your

Exchange or     Students research and answer the questions for
share           each other. Students couldprepare
                presentations on a theme such as
                Punishmentversus correction?Laws – the work
                of society or religion?etc. Do the laws tend to
                support the moral views of older or younger
                people? Do the laws restrict human rights or
                protect human rights?

Respond and     The completed presentations could be put up in
evaluate        a shared student forum area, or printed out and
                put on a notice board. Ask the students to
                evaluate and comment on some of the

Extension       Select students from different countries to work
activities      together on a chosen theme. You might choose
                a Talented and Gifted group or a identify a
                group that questions rules and authority.

Resources              Young Citizen's Passport (UK)
               (some is free,
                        some pay-for)
                         Think Quest competition for teams

                         Tempates, forums, evaluation forms etc
                          are ready for this project - Connecting

                         The Bishop's Candlesticks (from Les
                          Miserables) used in India

Project template 10: Travel guides – good for 7-11 or mixed

Summary      This template can be used (optionally) with Connecting
             Classrooms East Asia project forums. Using stories and
             memories (past and present) to describe local buildings
             such as churches, farms, shops, homes and factories
             and mapping skills to pinpoint and explain locations.
             Sharing timelines through urban development and
             population changes. Showcasing ICT and creative skills
             (imagining the future).

First        Investigating and preparing resources on local buildings
activity     – could be done in teams focusing on themes such as
             building materials; or by choosing one building per
             group. Include mini-interviews with people and photos
             of places in your locality. You could even put all your
             work together and index it to make a map and visitor
             guide to your locality. Pack it up (keep copies!) and
             send it to your partner school with questions that have
             arisen during your project.

Exchange     Examine and respond to the work your partner school
             has sent. You could find similarities and differences with
             your own project, or relate their work to a study of
             another aspect of their world region such as climate or
             culture. Prepare answers to their questions.

Share        Send or email your answers, or take part in a shared
             feedback session by video conference, message board
             or live online discussion.

Extension    Find some of the buildings mentioned by your partner
activities   school using Google Earth. Imagine how your towns will
             develop in the future and write poems or draw pictures.

                 Could you
                    find 'untold stories' like these ones from

    takes you from London to Syhlet on Google
    Earth and is a 6min tutorial on using the online
    mapping tool.

 shows
    cultural dialogue between UK and Ghana.

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