Mordiford CE Primary school is very proud of its global and international work and it was highly praised in our last Ofsted inspection. We have been involved in three Comenius projects since 2008 where we have worked with partner schools across Europe – Sweden, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Poland, France and Northern Ireland. Our present project, ‘Europe Beyond the Classroom: Learning Outdoors’ has involved the pupils working on a range of projects alongside our partners. During the projects we have taken over 40 pupils to stay with host families and experience school life in Italy, Spain, Sweden and Germany. We have also hosted pupils and teachers at Mordiford too. Staff have also benefited from these experiences.
We have been awarded two consecutive International School Awards from British Council to acknowledge the high quality international work that we have embedded into our school ethos and curriculum.
We also have strong links with local charity Concern Universal and we regularly fund raise for them and take part in workshops to develop pupils understanding of global sustainability.
Over the past five years we have sponsored a young boy in India through a charity called Project Mala. The pupils have been excited to help Alun to gain an education and help him and his family. As Alun has moved into secondary school after passing his entrance exams we are now going to sponsor a reception child. Click HERE to see the Project Mala website.
Other aspects of global education we are involved with are E-Twinning and the Global Learning Project.
Please look at our Comenius website to see the work we have been doing in our present Comenius project:
Comenius - Mordiford Visit - May 2015
Wow! What a busy and exciting week we have had at school. On Monday we welcomed 23 teachers and 20 pupils from our partner schools across Europe (Turkey, N.Ireland, Spain, France, Germany. Poland and Sweden). This week was the culmination of a 2 year Comenius project called ‘Europe Beyond the Classroom: Learning Outdoors’. The teachers stayed in a hotel in Hereford and the pupils were hosted by families from the school, so they really got to live the life of a Mordiford pupil.
The week was full of activities, with the visiting pupils spending time in the KS2 classes and joining in with lessons. The adults taught and observed lessons too. We started the week with a Welcome Collective worship and Tuesday was Forest School day where everyone took part in a session. They loved cooking marshmallows over the real fire and making dens and jewellery out of elder. On Wednesday we visited Warwick Castle and saw the trebuchet being fired. At school on Thursday we held a sport’s morning with everyone taking part in a range of sport’s activities, including the Comenius Teachers Relay Race at the end!!
The visitors also visited the Hereford Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi exhibition, did some brass rubbing and took part in a guided walk around the city (lead by the Hereford Guild of Guides).
On Tuesday evening the PTFA organised a traditional Barn Dance with Fish and Chip supper. Even the ice cream van popped in for a visit.
Everyone at school LOVED the week and it was great to see so many pupils, from our youngest to our oldest, happily chatting to our visitors in a range of languages and also using the unspoken language of actions too.