Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Dissemination in Malta

The teachers from our school have visited Malta this summer, doing another Erasmus+ project. It was a perfect opportunity to take an andvantage and tell other people about our project.
The teachers from other schools around the world were very interested and happy to find out about teaching with Lego blocks, Playmobil and Schleich. They also like our ideas we bring into the classrooms.

They are willing to introduce our activities in their schools. We hope they will enjoy them as much as we do.

Roll Call: how to turn it into a funnier everyday activity

Roll call is a everyday activity which is not really stimulating children most of the time,but at the same time it's need to be done daily.

The idea is to try and make it a more appealing routine.So... why not getting inspired by Lego?


Children need to find their own sticker in the box, a useful exercise for memory!

Once done, they need to put it on the yellow wheel, a useful exercise for fine motor skills!

Stickers left in the box do resemble children not at school

and finally... THE WHEEL BEFORE AND...


and now: what about you? Are you at school or not :) ?

Monday, 17 October 2016

Grammatica della fantasia. Introduzione all'arte di inventare storie.

After visiting Gianni Rodari Primary School in Saronno, I would like to share with you one of the most inspiring books I have ever read regarging teaching in primary school: Grammatica della fantasia. Introduzione all'arte di inventare storie, by Gianni Rodari. It is a superb "manual" to stimulate the creativity of students.

This little book written by Gianni Rodari, teacher, journalist and writer of children's fiction, is a valuable tool for teachers and for all those who, through words and games, want to discover the colors of images and the power of imagination.

Written in 1973 after a series of meetings with teachers in elementary and middle schools throughout Italy on the theme of "Fantastica", the book by Rodari offers ideas, tips and tools for those who believe in the pedagogy of creativity and gives a right educational and instructional value to imagination.
I guess all these ideas, tips and tools can make a perfect match with LEGO STORY STARTER. Does anyone want to try?

Area Dice Game.

Don't miss the following game, taken from: 

Area Dice Game
  • A game for 2 or 3 players.
  • Each player chooses a colour pencil or texta they will use in the game.
  • Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape.
  • Game ends when players run out of room to draw.
  • Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares.
A couple of tips:
Have the students add up their areas as they go so that it is easier for them to work out the winner in the end!
I always take with me a class set of dice, just in case I can’t locate any in the classroom that I’m in. You can usually find cheap dice in discount stores or on eBay.
I also take with me a book of 1cm grid paper. I buy this from a newsagency. Grid paper is handy to have for games like this one, maths, graphing, and creating word searches & crosswords.

Welcome Erasmus people

Last week Erasmus people came in the 4°B class. Students were very moved but happy.
They have learned a special rhyme for them.


HOLA, HOLA says hello in Spanish
CIAO CIAO says it in Italian
HALLO, HALLO says it in German
Round and round we go with ways to say hello.
Round and round we go with ways to say hello.

BONJOUR, BONJOUR says hello in French
HELLO, HELLO says it in Welsh
CZESC, CZESC says it in Polish
Round and round we go with ways to say hello.
 Round and round we go with ways to say hello.


After this, students worked in groups with lego blocks and playmobil to celebrate Columbus Day. Before they had heard the story of Columbus in Italian and then in English learned the main informations about his trip.

At the end pupils have said : "We liked speaking in English with this teachers.They are nice and gentle. It was very fun! We love English!"

From Ortho Erasmus meal

Last spring students of third class were dedicated to the project Ortho in the school. Among other things (vegetables, herbs, flowers) have grown even Basil.
Pupils of the class 4°B in early October during a laboratory have picked the basil, washed and dried and then added pine nuts, salt, a few cloves of garlic and olive oil.
They mixed all together and became pesto.
Usually pesto sauce is used to season pasta but it can be used for grilled vegetables and meat.
For the dinner with Erasmus people some students and their parents boiled potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into small pieces and then cooked the pasta and potatoes.
The result has been excellent!

Enjoy your meal!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Meeting in Saronno

Once again, here we are, all together but this time in Saronno, Italy. The fifth transnational meeting was about to start, and we were more than ready to catch up and have a really good time working together.

In Saronno we were truly welcomed by our Italian colleagues. They showed us all the buildings, which compose the I.C.S. Ignoto Militi School. It is a comprehensive school which encloses infant school, primary and secondary school.

The first day, we visited the building for secondary school. This day was very special, because the children showed us the city of Sarrono with an activity, which is called "Discovering Saronno.". At this time we had the chance to interact with all the pupils while they were performing many stories related to the history of the city.

After having a really good time in secondary school, we went to the Gianni Rodary school building, for primary school. That day, we had the opportunity to enjoy many performances in which children were the real main characters.

Our last point was Ignoto Militi building, for primary school. We were really happy enjoying all the performances the children had been preparing for all of us. It was a really special day because we could interact with all of the children and the teachers, as well. 

At the meetings we discussed different activities for our project, we shared the ideas and set our goals for the future work. Also, we had the chance to meet the canceller for culture of the city, who was really interest in the project, and expressed her intention to empower it in the cultural context of the city.

Not only did we have a chance to work together but also enjoy and admire the beauty of Milan and the Como Lake. Additionally, when we were in Como, we visited a Montessori school where teachers showed us different methodologies.

Thank you our Italian friends for your hospitality and all the special moments we shared together.

See you soon, in Germany!