We are part of an EU Erasmus+ project, working with partners in other countries to investigate successful approaches to the teaching of reading.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, overseen in the UK by The Department for Education. In 2016, our newly-formed partnership was successful in its application for funding. Our project, Bookworms In Europe, is a reading-based scheme, which aims to enhance the quality of early childhood education in reading. Identified as a key, basic skill, the development of effective strategies will help improve our children’s motivation to read. This, in turn, will impact on their self-confidence, general wellbeing and educational achievement.
Each partner school will share tried-and-tested strategies to help improve reading skills for all children across the project. The outcomes of the project will be used to help build effective support to other educational institutions. This will include initial teacher training and continuing professional development, giving all teachers the necessary competences to deal with diverse groups of learners and strengthen their roles in education.
In addition to reading, the project will also enhance pupils’ awareness and understanding of other countries, including their languages and cultures. They will forge friendships with their European peers via penpal correspondences and shared activities throughout the two-year project.
Our partner schools are:
1. Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule, Gladenbach, Germany ( www.europa-schule.gladenbach.de )
2. Direzione DidcatticaIV Circolo Nichelino, Turin, Italy ( www.ivcircolonichelino.it )
3. Braviksskolan, Norrkoping, Sweden ( www.lindoenheten.se )
4. Zakladna skola, Kosice, Slovakia ( www.zstomke.edu.sk )
5. St Ignatius College, Siggiewi Primary, Siggiewi, Malta ( www.siggiewiprimary.wordpress.com )