Harrow to Beijing and Back
West Lodge First School – Curriculum Plans
1. Rationale for the school to participate in the visit
To further enhance our multi-cultural school.
To encourage greater use of the Internet in teaching and learning at Key Stage One and Year 3.
To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the wider world in which they live by providing them with a real life context.
2. Theme of the visit:
Theme Participating Participating Key Learning objectives, activities and outcomes. Curriculum Professional How will the
(and name Teachers Pupils links development and impact on
of lead pedagogical pupils’
teacher) research standard be
Comparing Sarah Over Two main KS1 Geography – Barnaby Bear to visit Beijing to enable pupils to Geography To look at teaching Informal
and and Michelle classes to take compare and contrast the cities of Beijing and London. QCA: unit – and learning styles. observation of
contrasting Richards. part: Prior to visit: Where in the To research enthusiasm
London with Green class – 30 World is and
Green and Lilac classes take Barnaby Bear into Pinner and assessment done
an overseas Year 2 pupils Barnaby Bear? and pro formas that motivation by
London to create a simple book and power point presentation
city – (ages 6 and 7) are used. class
that can be given to pupils in Beijing.
Beijing. Lilac class – 31 teachers.
Children find out information about Beijing for Barnaby Bear To look at the
Miss Sarah Year 3 pupils and they write questions for him to find the answers to whilst learning Geography to
Over (ages 7 and 8) environment; be assessed
he is abroad.
displays, class and against NC
Following Barnaby’s visit: level
General school layout,
Children find out about what Beijing is like as a place and descriptors
involvement of independence of
what the main similarities and differences are between Beijing and the
whole school. pupils etc.
and London. assessment
(Reception, Year Teachers taking part
Literacy – to provide children with a real life audience for their Literacy criteria
1, Year 2 and are Literacy and ICT
writing. outlined in the
Year 3) – co-ordinators
QCA unit of
approximately - Whole school book-making day. All school involved in therefore both will be
360 pupils. making simple books to be given to partner school. interested in
- Speaking and Listening - books to be read onto cassettes. focusing on their
curriculum areas. ICT skills
Ideally we would - Letter writing assessment.
like to link with a To research
ICT – to use the Internet to research information about the two ICT
provision made for
class of 6, 7 or 8
cities. Gifted and Talented
year old children
in Beijing. To learn how to e-mail children in partner school in Beijing to pupils in Chinese
find out more information about Beijing. Schools.
To use the computer to present work for children in Beijing.
3. School Context
West Lodge First School is a multicultural school that prides itself on celebrating our children’s diverse background.
Lots of parental involvement in the school.
The school is very adaptable to new ideas and initiatives. New planning and assessment procedures were implemented in September 2004.
ICT plays a large role in the school development plan. By Easter there will be six Interactive Whiteboards in school.
We have an active school council.
Our school is currently taking part in the healthy schools initiative.
4 Before the Visit – March 05
1. Beijing Day in School that involves all of the school.
Launch assembly by Sarah and Michelle that includes Barnaby Bear.
A post box and simple display put up in main corridor. Children can post any information that they can find out for Barnaby Bear, e.g. what
clothes he will need to take with him; questions for him to ask whilst in Beijing.
During the day each class is responsible for recording a class book onto a tape recorder that can be given to the exchange school.
Possible books for each class: Gold – Colours; Yellow – Numbers to 20 in English; Silver – The English Alphabet; Pink Class – five little
ducks; Purple Class – Make a book about playtime at West Lodge First School; Red Class – Make a book about the clubs at West Lodge
First School; Turquoise / Maroon – A day in the life of a child at West Lodge First School (digital camera diary); Green Class – Barnaby Bear
visits Pinner; Lilac Class – Barnaby Bear visits West Lodge First School. (Books made by Lilac and Green class to be done on computer so
they can be made into a power point presentation to be used in Beijing.
During day have a chopstick challenge where children have to eat their fruit with chopsticks.
Following week commended work assembly – showing our books that will be taken to Beijing.
2. Ask the Friends of West Lodge School (FOWLS) if they will donate a Barnaby Bear that can be presented to host school in Beijing. Bear to wear
school tie and cap. Children can make a photo album of Beijing Barnaby in England.
3. Send letter out to parents about Beijing and ask if there are any parents who speak / write Mandarin who would be willing to come into school to
translate books made by the children / any letters that we will be e-mailing.
4. Ask for volunteer parents from Lilac and Green to take Barnaby into London for the day and photograph him by main sights / produce a book.
5. Produce a video presentation introducing the school that can be put on school website – School Council involved.
5. Sustainability – The project will be sustained by:
Supportive and very enthusiastic Head Teacher.
One teacher participating is on the Senior Management team – taking a whole school overview of the project.
Both teachers participating teach in different year groups, therefore they aim to cascade ideas and work to their own year group.
Both the governing body and parent association wish to be involved in the project.
Enthusiastic and motivated pupils who wish to see the project through.
Links will be made with other Harrow schools taking part in the exchange.
6. Plans for publishing the project content on LGfL
Video footage / digital photographs.
Advice and support will be sought from Harrow advisory staff.
7. Names of Teachers participating in the visit