Link School in India
Schools Linking Network
In 2012 our school became a member of the School’s Linking Network (SLN) which is national charity that supports young people, schools and local authorities to explore identity, diversity, equality and community. Quite a few successful links have been made between our school and other schools, in countries such as Egypt, India and even the UK. Year 3&4 have set up a particularly successful link with an international school in India called Shemford Futuristic School. Various projects have been sent back and forth including work on festivals, religions, games and food! The children have really enjoyed preparing the work to be sent and are even more excited when some arrives from India! It has also given them the opportunity to reflect on their own country and culture and compare the two.
Earlier this year Shemford futuristic school wrote to Miss Banham inviting her to visit them in India, hoping to strengthen and develop the link further. Miss Banham decided that this was a fantastic opportunity, not only for her, but also for the school, and she accepted the generous invitation. Year 3 & 4 completed more work which Miss Banham took along with her. She will spent most of the Easter holidays there, working with the children and adults at the school, teaching them about the education system in the UK and delivering phonics lessons.
India – by Miss Banham
My recent trip to India was an incredible and eye-opening experience. Having the opportunity to work in a school while I was there added to my insight into this fascinating country.
Shemford Futuristic, our link school, welcomed me with open arms, and was keen for me to start teaching straight away. I taught lots of phonic-based sessions as, currently, this way of learning doesn’t yet exist in India. I focused on the basics (Initial Sounds) and developed the children’s (and teacher’s) knowledge in this area.
Although Shemford is an English speaking school, the children were reluctant to communicate at first. However, as the lessons went on they found the courage to speak with me freely. The structure of the school was very different to Thurton – all of the lessons are planned by the director and then delivered by the teachers – and much emphasis was placed on working quickly rather than delivering a high quality piece of work. Similarly to us, they are trying to teach through enquiry-based learning, encouraging the children and staff to use the outdoors to support this.
Srijal, the director, will be coming to the UK in the not-to-distant future and he is very keen to come and spend some time with us at Thurton, developing his knowledge and understanding of the UK education system further.