We welcomed 10 Polish Headteachers and Teachers to our school this week.
Our native speakers, Jakub, Wiktoria and Julia gave them a very comprehensive tour of our school acting as confident translators.
The Polish teachers were particularly interested in the teaching and learning in our early years classes. Mrs Thombs explained and Jakub, Wiktoria and Julia ably translated.
Our Reception and Y1 pupils sang to the visitors as they enjoyed a traditionally English ‘Cream Tea’. The visitors jumped up to join in with a Polish song and dance with the children that Marton’s music teacher of Polish ancestry had previously taught our pupils.
We were pleased to make the visitors welcome and hope that they have learned much from our school.
Marton has a new pupil group who are leading on all things international and global.
They are the ‘Global Gang’. They’d like to hear from you!
They have some questions:
Ember wants to know what energy-saving methods you use at your school.
Olivia is wondering if you know how much electricity you use at school in a day?
Using our data from the solar panels, in winter we use about 50-60 kWh per day.
In summer we use about 30-40kwh per day.
Outside the campus. A sense of anticipation and a very warm welcome.
In clear English, two school ambassadors briefly introduce their global themed entrance.
The corridor is lined with flags – a school competition challenges the pupils to learn and remember as many as possible.
Outside every classroom a digital screen displays the class rules, class activities and successes.
Corridors each have a theme: the ancient Chinese dynasties as well as modern interactive areas including a listening station, an earthquake simulator and hands on science learning.
The Earthquake Simulation room teaching children how to stay safe and about the science behind natural disasters.
The library bringing a sense of the outdoors inside. Pupils prepare food for the English visitor in the kitchen classroom.
The 3D printing room.
Being scanned for a 3D print out and above right a 3D printing display.
Pupils bring in their used books to swap with each other.
Pupils are proud of their heritage. Confucius – a source of inspiration in the west too.
The flag raising ceremony – a ritual each Monday morning at Lubei. The whole school of 1’300 pupils gather together to sing patriotic songs.
The EnglishHeadteacher of Marton Primary is asked to give a speech at the ceremony.
Chinese professional development. The lesson observation room where lessons are filmed and used to improve teaching.
The Marton headteacher participates in a moral education lesson.
Above right: Growth Mindset messages pervade the classes and corridors.
Above and below – a musical celebration at Lubei’s second campus.
Great performances of songs and dances dazzle the English visitor.
A photograph with the English faculty after the English Headteacher has taught the 1’700 pupils a traditional children’s English song.
Sharing photos of Marton School and receiving a gift of a Chinese lantern.
During our British Council visit to Tangshan as part of the Connecting Classrooms project, we were privileged to observe excellent early years practice at a kindergarten.
Developing fine-motor skills, concentration and perseverance through pottery, painting and paper mache.
Displaying and celebrating the children’s work.
A construction room where children are taught to model make on a large scale. This is a model of the famous South Lake Park in Tangshan. The above model includes the highways as well. These activities are developing spacial awareness, fine-motor skills and balance.
The children performed songs, dances and even excerpts from the Ping Opera.
Mrs Li taught playground games, Chinese numbers, animals connected to Chinese Years and a Chinese Song.
Mrs Li attended our summer music celebration and learned about our heritage trail.
We shared approaches to teaching and learning in mathematics and talk4writing.
We created 3D Chinese Dragons