How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
The ideas incorporated in the case study can be copied directly, or elements of the work can be taken and used to meet local need. eTwinning, which is described well, can be used as a simple low cost initial start to develop an international element to the curriculum which is engaging and motivating.
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What was done?
Cowcaddens Nursery in Glasgow used a Transformative Change approach as part of a successful eTwinning project.
By making posters, using books and the internet, involving parents, and creating a collection of 'Little rhymes over the rainbow', children increased their knowledge and understanding of other countries. They also improved their ICT and leadership skills.
The nursery is already thinking about its next steps, and is committed to developing an 'International Rhyme Book' using children’s illustrations, electronic clip art and photographs.
Overall, the project has had 'a positive impact on learning in the playrooms and on the life and ethos of the nursery and community' according to HM inspectors.
Read the full report on the eTwinning project below.
The project provided a useful and motivating structure to develop the skills and abilities of the pupils
What was the impact?
The report provides a clear and positive evaluation of the project. Staff benefitted from the empowerment and staff development opportunities linked with the project. Parents had a useful engagement with the project and with the learning. Pupils developed greater skills in ICT and a wider understanding of other places and other cultures.
PDF file: Cowcaddens Nursery eTwinning - Project Report (42 KB)