Exeter primary pupils visit Spain and Latvia

Posted on: 7 April 2016

Pupils from an Exeter primary school have been able to visit Spain and Latvia this year after they successfully bid for a European grant.

Year 6 pupils from Redhills Primary visited schools in Lorca in Spain and Riga in Latvia and hosted pupils from their exchange schools in Exeter.

The visits were funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme which promotes cooperation between schools across Europe.

The project revolves around the development of common projects between the three schools, such as art projects based on the heritage of their local areas.

The project also places emphasis on measures to deal with mixed-ability classes and cater for different learning styles.

Fun in the snowRedhills head Stuart Busby decided to use the grant to subsidise significantly the travel costs for his pupils. So far 18 children have been able to travel abroad.

Mr Busby said: “We are delighted to have been successful in Erasmus+ and this project with Spain and Latvia has helped to enhance our way of teaching.

“Many teachers and pupils from Exeter, Spain and Latvia have benefited from the project and the opportunities it has provided to learn abroad.

“On their last visit to Latvia one of our Year 6 girls, Jasmine Atkins, excitedly exclaimed ‘Look it’s just like Narnia’ when she saw deep snow for the first time in her life.

“For me, this comment sums up the importance of the enriched curriculum we deliver at Redhills and I am delighted that this on-going work allows us to provide such experiences for our children.”

A further exchange visit is planned in June, when Spanish and Latvian pupils will complete a range of creative projects at Redhills.

A further round of funding has been applied for, which would allow additional Redhills pupils to visit European schools in the next academic year.

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