Charles de Gaulle Trust funding is specifically for students aged 17 to 19, the visits give students the chance to prove to future educators and employers that they are globally-minded, committed and dedicated young people. During their visits students will be able to work on research or projects that contribute to their learning and future development. They will also strengthen the bond between their school or college and French colleagues, contributing to a successful long-term partnership. Grants of up to £5000 per institution are available to facilitate reciprocal visits to France and the UK. The next application deadline is 17 May 2016.
Some science with the wee ones - into the hall to throw (or attempt to throw) some paper about in the hope of learning a little about aerodynamics. Success rating? 5 out of 5 - all engaged, loads of good questions, answers and theories from the little people.
By investigating forces on toys and other objects, I can predict the effect on the shape or motion of objects.
And the big class? French first, mais bien sûr… wee bit of revision, wee bit of new stuff, some pelmanism (jeux d'association) and the obligatory “tete, epaule, genou, pied” song/game. Much excitement. Lots of “concentratey faces” - it’s been a long few weeks off for some!
I explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and show understanding and enjoyment by listening, joining in and responding.
Now there’s a tricky one…I learned (or rather was reminded) that if everyone’s engaged and interested things tend to go better therefore you have to make sure you plan - as far as possible - content and interactions which are as engaging, interesting and, crucially, relevant as possible.
Hardly rocket science but, as a wise man once said, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.