I posted a while back about an extended content and language integrated learning project that I have been working on.
The project in short has involved groups of pupils (aged 14-15) who have completed the following:
- Researched and analyzed, a group of artworks from the history of art that in some way have a relationship with one another
- Singled out one artwork and wrote a story (in English, their second language) for younger children in which the afore mentioned artwork played a significant role, and in this way is introduced to the younger readers
- Produced illustrations to accompany the story
- Photographed the images and combined them with the text to produce layouts for each page on their iPad
- Printed and bound the book for a finished project
That was the working process, and as my previous post illustrated there has been seen some good work made, the digital layout work being particularly pleasing to see.
The whole project though has today taken its final turn. I went with a group of nine of the pupils and a selection of the books to visit a primary school, De Fonkeling, where they are also working hard to get more English into the curriculum.
Here, my pupils then read the story books to the oldest children at the primary school (aged 11), explained the project and showed the illustrations.
I entered the school with a group of perhaps slightly nervous fourteen and fifteen year olds, but I left with a group who were clearly surprised by the attention that they were given and the rounds of applause that they received at the end of each story. The younger children played their part fully, filling feedback questionnaires about what they had heard and reacting so enthusiastically. All in all, a very rewarding and authentic experience at the end of a long project.