Churchfields Junior – using Video Conferencing

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UK VIDEO CONFERENCING AWARDS – REDBRIDGE WINNERS 2016

Junior School winner: Churchfields Junior School

 

Pupils, Rachael Cooper of CJS and Lord Knight

This award submission reflects how Churchfields Junior School through the Redbridge VC network makes links both nationally and internationally, enriching our geography and science curriculums and forging relations with schools around the world. 

Perhaps our most exciting project so far has been with a school in Brazil during their hosting of the Olympic Games. Year six pupils from Churchfields ran their own project supporting the teaching of English to Brazilian children. This project was run by the children and they prepared detailed lessons in their own time. As a whole school, we were also able to share song (in native and foreign language) and dance with this school and to benefit from the same display from them.  Elsewhere in the school we have been able to connect with the National Space Centre, allowing pupils to find out new facts about planets in our solar system. This enriched the science curriculum in year five, allowing children to interact personally with members of staff at the space station. Children also had a conference about Salt Lake City looking at archaeology and fossils and about another about rivers, complementing learning in geography.  We have also benefited from our school choir connecting with Manhattan School in New York to exchange the singing of Christmas songs.

Junior Travel Ambassadors at the school have also benefited from video conferencing. This elected pupil voice group delivered a presentation to Keith Prince (the Havering & Redbridge Conservative member for the London Assembly). In year four, children are currently using a link with a Brazilian school to present a lesson each week on life in our country and vice versa. This complements their learning in geography which is about this South American country. 

We are very proud that Churchfields has travelled a total of 317,000 miles in the last year. Meaning that as a school, we have travelled around the world over 12 times in the last 12 months.

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The VC network has allowed Churchfields Junior School to make links both nationally and internationally, enriching our geography and science curriculums and forging relations with schools around the world. Perhaps our most exciting project so far has been with a school in Brazil during their hosting of the Olympic Games:

 

olympic-games-rio

 

Year Six pupils from Churchfields ran their own project supporting the teaching of English to Brazilian children. This project was run by the children and they prepared detailed lessons in their own time. As a whole school, we were also able to share songs (in native and foreign language) and dance with this school and enjoyed their dancing display too.

Elsewhere in the school we have been able to connect with the National Space Centre, allowing pupils to find out new facts about planets in our solar system. Children also had a conference about Salt Lake City researching the topic of bones and another VC exploring rivers.