On Tuesday we connected with our friends in Paris again for the first time this session.  We have written a few letters to each of our partners, and now we got to meet them and introduce ourselves briefly.

It went well and we have a few more to finish next week.  Ailsa’s pen friend was very thoughtful, noting that t was Ailsa’s birthday on Tuesday, the whole class French sang Happy Birthday to her in English. It was a wonderful surprise, unfortunately we only caught the last part on our movie clip.

Yesterday we received postcards and letters from our partners, as they have just returned from a school visit to Normandy.  Again this was exciting for us and we will work on our replies over the coming days.

 

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Last year we had a visit from our friends in #Paris, who visited #Scotland for a week.

One of their pupils had such a good time here she was keen to return, and last week Elena came back with her sister Virginie and dad Pierre.

They toured the school, met pupils and Elena renewed friendships, while Virginie formed new friendships.

It was really nice to see them, and very pleasing that the class found their visit to Ednam and Scotland so enjoyable that one of them wanted to return with their family.

Vive l’Ecosse, Vive La France!

Pierre, Virginie and Elena
Pierre, Virginie and Elena

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Last week we had a game of bingo with our friends in Paris.

The pupils in Paris called out the items in French and we listened and marked our cards if we had the item called.

We then called out the items in English for our friends to mark off.

The items called were all things we have learned so far, including, colours, sports, and weather, and is good practice in listening carefully at the accent and words/phrases used.

James was one of our lucky winners and you can see him calling out his winning card at the end.

Primary 4-7 play Bingo with our friends in Paris
Primary 4-7 play Bingo with our friends in Paris

 

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Today we began our day talking about Paris: and like the rest of Europe, at 11.00 am, we paused for a minute to think about the people of Paris caught up in the terrible horrors of Friday’s shooting, and also to think of our friends living nearby this awful event.

We have already received letters from our pen pals, and in the afternoon we had planned to have our first connection over Skype.  We had some technical difficulties, but when we got going everyone managed to introduce themselves to each other.

Primary 4-7 pupils were excited to see the partners that they have received letters from, and are currently writing replies for them.

Next week we will begin our pairs work, where two pupils from each school ask questions and answer in the learned language.

Here are some of our pupils introducing themselves for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On their last day our guests from Paris joined us and other primary schools in the Borders for some Scottish Country Dancing, where they did very well.  

Each dance was explained to everyone and the French pupils mixed and danced well considering they were new to it all.

Scottish Country Dancing with schools from around the Borders.
Scottish Country Dancing with schools from around the Borders.

 

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A Ceilidh was held on the Thursday evening to give our guests from France a taste of Scottish music and dance.  The pupils from France already knew some dances as they have learned Scottish dances and songs when in Paris.

Everyone tried a few dances and everyone enjoyed the fun evening.

Ceilidh with Parents Pupils and French Pupils
Ceilidh with Parents Pupils and French Pupils

 

 

 

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During Thursday of their visit the weather was hot and sunny and pupils from Paris and Ednam worked in mixed teams in short and longer distance races, shot putt, javelin and standing triple jump.

Some unusual techniques were on display in some events, and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon, which ended with a football match.

 

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Ready for the 80 metres!

 

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One of the schools we work with in France brought their pupils over to Ednam to visit us. The pupils stayed with our pupils at their houses and although nervous at first, they soon became very settled with the Scottish families.

During their visit Primary 4-7 and our friends from Paris visited the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Castle; had a tour round the Borders; took part in athletics and football; attended a Ceilidh with parents and pupils; took part in Scottish Country dancing with schools from around the Borders; and had a picnic lunch with Ednam before they left for the weekend in Edinburgh.

Everyone had a great and enjoyable time and we are very grateful to our parents that hosted the pupils, but to all who contributed to show the French some good Scottish hospitality.  🙂

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Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ednam and Paris Pupils at Scottish Parliament.

 

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On the last week of term we had another Skype connection with our partners in Vandeins and in Paris. We have connected every week with our friends in Vandeins, which has made a great difference to our confidence in speaking French, and with them speaking English. During the year we had a few connections with our new partners in Paris, and they have written letters and sent videos of themselves singing Scottish songs and doing a Scottish dance.  We sent them video introductions and songs too.  They joined us on the last week of term and sang a couple of songs and the Primary 7s talked to them in French.  We also sang ‘Everywhere we go’ for them. We will continue these connections next session, as well as our Comenius partners’ work, which has another year to run. The Paris school pupils hope to visit us next year and we look forward to seeing them in our school.  🙂 

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during Skype Connection

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