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Posts made in May, 2019

World Curlew Day

Word Curlew Day was on 21st April.   It fell at the time of school spring break so the celebration was spread throughout the week proceeding it. Our school interior and exterior were decorated with curlew`s motives.   Balloons with a curlew`s image were fixed along the school path. Students took part in short activities around curlew theme. Young students created curlew`s feathers with a pint foam roller. Kids learnt about curlew`s nest hidden in high grass and reeds. They made paper nests, painted wooden eggs nd arranged them in the nests. Doing it, they became familiar with adjectives , verbs and nouns connected with the task: mottled/ spotted /unnoticed/ hidden/ camouflage/ reeds/ and so on. Figures of migrating curlew were laminated, glued  to clothspins and attached to willow catkins twigs. Students competed for them in quizes about curlew birds. Kids enjoyed them so much  that they even used them as hair or clothes pins. The wall of the classroom was covered with curlew`s silhouettes, on which acrostic poems were written. To help students memorize new words, we prepared a match the sentence  haves  task based on poems` vocabulary. Key: Young learners took part in a competition  to remember as many sentences about curlews as possible.   Our school ordered Mary Colwell`s book „ Curlew Moon ”.   We found the book very interesting and it broadened our knowledge. Teenagers read an interview with Mary Colwell and prepared a QUESTION / ANSWER task for teenagers.  A student of a primary school prepared a speech about Polish-French project to help migratory birds and Mary Colwell`s walk.   There are many poems or fragments of poems in the „ Curlew Moon”. One of teenagers read one of them to his group. A poem by  Jeremy Hooker,`The Cut of the Light`. All In All, our students became familiar with wading and migratory birds ` problems. One girl  shared this knowledge in the  Erasmus project , she was preparing with her  elementary school.     Our school  received a few etegami cards  with  migratory birds motive from the Japanese , Lithuanin and American etegami club  friends. We love the design and the words . I think I can mention here that enthusiasm for migrating birds action is contagious. Our grandchildren were eager to listen about the curlew bird and they painted the Bird on their t-shirts/ blouses. Last but not least, we received words of thank you from Polish naturalists „ Jestem na PTAK” ( Be4birds) for all the artworks we had sent to the Polish – French Project. They informed us  that part of them will be sent to politicians of the European Parlament .          ...

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Polish-French project to help migratory birds.

Polish-French project to help migratory birds. Our school has always been eco -friendly. In March we heard from Associations of Polish Naturalists ( Jestem na PTAK , Łączą Nas Ptaki, Psubraty ) about different actions being taken to protect migratory birds. Among them, there was a Polish-French Project to help seven migratory species. From this project and its educational set, our students could learn  about dangers these  birds have to face on long distance flying to winter in warm countries. Searching on the Internet for more information about birds in danger of extinction, we came across Mary Colwell, a nature writer and a producer, who walked 500 miles from Ireland through Wales to England. Her walk target was to raise awareness and funds for the Curlew. Curlew walk:   After watching a video with Mary Colwell and reading an interview with her, we chose CURLEW bird to be a theme of artworks for the Polish-French project. Students saw this bird on the Internet, heard the sounds it makes and learnt to recognize it.   Our students have been familiar with etegami art for a few years. That`s why we went to this art technique. Traditional  Japanese etegami is a postcard with sumi ink  outline filled with gansai painting and a few words added by an artist. The students painted curlew linocut prints. Some of them added personal words to their etegami cards. A few students created their etegami of migrating birds using a rubber seal with a flying curlew. There were also students, who made their own design of etegami. The, more we searched for information about Curlew, the more we discovered. Among the bird`s illustrations, we found amazing paintings by Karl Martens and watched his demo video.     Encouraged by Karl Marten`s freestyle, teenagers painted after one of his artworks. As usual,  every art lesson means that students broaden their knowledge about art theme, learn vocabulary and perfect their language skills.                          ...

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