International Links

Please view the information below to find out about our links with the school Saint Joseph in Carquefou and our links with Malawi.

As part of our carefully designed Cornerstones curriculum, we plan links to international study. You can find out more by viewing our long term Cornerstones plans for each year group by clicking here.

To see our Scheme of Work for Modern Foreign Languages please click here.

International School Award

We are very proud to share that Copley Junior has been awarded a national accreditation, the Foundation Level of the International School Award.

Our application against the national criteria for the International School Award was externally assessed by the British Council. Our assessor commented:

“Copley Junior School is clearly committed to developing an international dimension in its curriculum, as is demonstrated on its excellent international page on its website. You have demonstrated an excellent start in promoting the international dimension across your school and highlighting the benefits of learning in a global context. Your commitment to extending and embedding internationalism in your curriculum is a valuable aspect of your school ethos. A pen pal exchange will have given your pupils a real purpose to their French learning. Congratulations, and good luck in your continuing international journey!”

We look forward to continuing to develop our international links and our valued link with St Joseph.

Saint Joseph - Copley Junior

During the last three years, Madame Le Normand has visited Copley Junior School to find out about our approach to teaching and learning. She has led presentations about her school, Saint Joseph, and the local area of Carquefou, near Nantes. Year 5 enjoyed workshops led by Madame Le Normand that included finding out the story behind traditional Nantes biscuits (this involved tasting them of course!)

We have developed a strong link between our two schools to enable our children to find out about the experience of pupils living in a different country. In the picture below, you can see children from Madame Le Normand's classes learning about our school by visiting our school website! 

 

Saint Joseph School has 22 classes, for pupils aged 3-10 years. Children in Year 5 write letters and postcards to children of the same age at Saint Joseph and we always look forward to reading the letters and postcards that we receive in return!

Saint Joseph School in Carquefou, near Nantes

 

You can visit Saint Joseph's website by clicking here. You can click on 'google translate' to translate the text into English if you wish!

Pen Friends

We are always very excited to receive a big envelope with all the letters from our French pen friends!

Our French pen friends open their letters at St Joseph, Carquefou.

Please click on the first image below to view the photographs.

Copley children open their letters from their pen friends in Carquefou.

Year 5 were very excited to Skype their French penfriends and to be able to say hello in person. A great way to practise our modern foreign language skills!

Our French penfriends sent us some photos so we could see how the Skyping looked in their classroom too.

Joyeux Noel

We were delighted to receive beautiful Christmas cards from our French pen pals and we sent cards back to wish our French friends 'un Joyeux Noel'.

In the photos below you can see our French penfriends holding cards they have received from Copley, the Christmas cards they have made for us and a photo of us sharing them via Skype.

Christmas activities at St Joseph

We learned two songs, 'Toc…toc…toc…Père Noël frappe à la porte’ in French and 'Santa Claus is coming to town'. We used Skype to perform 'Toc…toc…toc…Père Noël frappe à la porte’ and watched our penfriends performing it so we could further improve our pronunciation of the French vocabulary.

Bonne Annee!

In the photographs below you can see our French pen friends receiving their 'Happy New Year' cards from Copley.

Remembrance Day

We shared how we commemorate Remembrance Day in our two schools. At St Joseph, Elouen prepared a presentation about Remembrance Day and made poppies to give to everyone in class.

We shared information about our fund raising for the British Legion and our Remembrance Day displays.

Joyeuses Pâques

We have kept in touch with our French penfriends by sending them an Easter card and we enjoyed receiving cards in return. Our pen friends write to us in French so this helps us to develop our French language skills. Our French penfriends received our cards just before Saint Joseph School closed for their Easter holiday.

As we attended St Mary's Church for our Easter service, our French friends attended Saint Pierre Church in Carquefou for their Easter service so we exchanged some photos.

Easter Service at St Mary's - We celebrated Easter at St Mary's Church with poetry, hymns and prayers. 'Easter Jubilation' is one of the children's favourite Easter hymns as you can see in the clip below.

Easter Service at Saint Pierre Church, Carquefou - We greatly enjoyed seeing the photos of our French friends celebrating their Easter service.

We skyped our French penfriends to share the Easter songs we have been learning. We had shared one of our favourite Easter hymns, 'We have a King who rides a donkey' and we watched a skype lesson to see how well our French friends could sing the hymn in English. We were very impressed!

Visit to St Joseph, Carquefou

During our exchange visit with St Joseph in Carquefou, Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Wright were fortunate to experience a wide range of lessons throughout the school including reading in French in the nursery, a hockey tournament with Year 3 and an English lesson in Year 7. It was fascinating to see the pupils’ work books and the classrooms. So many pieces of artwork to admire!

Our penfriends were very surprised to receive gifts of Cadbury’s chocolate, party ring biscuits and jelly babies accompanied by a nice, warm cup of tea. It went down a treat!

At the end of the school day (4.45pm), Marie-Emmanuelle took the teachers to the nearby city of Nantes where they were able to explore the castle, the church and even explored the skyline from 35 floors above the ground! The teachers have returned to school with LU biscuits (for the pupils) which were originally made in the building just behind them in the photograph.

What a wonderful experience and so many things to share with pupils back in the classroom. The visit even helped Miss Blades-Baker refine her French skills! Thank you to Marie-Emmanuelle and all of the staff at St Joseph for such a warm welcome. We look forward to skyping again soon!

Please click on the first image below to view the photo gallery of our visit to St Joseph in Carquefou.

Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Wright prepared and shared the powerpoint below with the pupils at St Joseph.

Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Wright created the powerpoint below during their visit to share with the pupils at Copley Junior to help them learn about the experience of pupils in a French school.

As part of our teachers' visit to St Joseph and our shared curriculum focus study, children at Copley and St Joseph compared what they like to eat - the results are  below!

What do we like to eat - Qu'aimons-nous manger?

As part of our teachers' visit to St Joseph and our shared curriculum focus study, children at Copley and St Joseph compared how they like to spend their free time - the results are  below!

How do we spend our free time - Comment passons-nous notre temps libre?

Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Wright had many questions from the children at Copley to ask the children at St Joseph, including:

  • Portes-tu un uniforme à l’école ? (Do you have to wear school uniform?)
  • Est-ce que vos classes ont un nom ? (Do your classes have names?)
  • A quels jeux aimes-tu jouer ? (What games do you like to play?)
  • Quelles matières apprends-tu à l’école ? Quelles sont celles que tu préfères ? (What subjects do you learn at school? What are your favourites?)
  • A quelle heure commence l’école et à quelle heure finit-elle ? (What time does school start and finish?)
  • Quels loisirs préféres-tu ? (What hobbies do you enjoy?)      

Our exchange visit has helped the children at Copley Junior and St Joseph to find out more about the experience of children living in a different country. Thank you so much to Madame Le Normand for looking after our teachers and hosting such a fantastic visit.

Back at school our teachers compared the results of the surveys undertaken by the children in France and our pupils at Copley, handed out the cards and art work sent by our French pen friends and sampled the famous LU biscuits from Nantes - very tasty!

Residential Visits

Our French penfriends went on an exciting residential visit to Normandy and Jersey and we enjoyed looking at all the photos on their website. When they were back at school the pupils at St Joseph wrote lovely letters to their Copley penfriends to share the details of their visit.  Copley children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Robinwood and we sent postcards to our French penfriends.

Our French pen friends translated our postcards into French: "Nous sommes allés dans un lieu fantastique pendant trois jours. Nous sommes partis le 25 avril et sommes revenus le vendredi 27 avril. Nous étions au château de Dobroyd. Nous avons participé à des activités très intéressantes comme l’escalade, la balançoire géante, le tir à l’arc, le défi des caisses et la tyrolienne. Nous nous sommes beaucoup amusés!"

Pictured below are some of our French penfriends with the postcards we sent to them.

'Through the Window'

We decided to take photographs from the windows of our two schools to share the different seasons with each other.

St Joseph à l'automne

St Joseph en hiver

It is rare to see snow in Carquefou, so the pupils were very excited and Madame Le Normand was quick to reach for her camera!

St Joseph au printemps

St Joseph en été

Copley Junior School in the autumn

Copley Junior School in the winter

Copley Junior School in the spring

Copley Junior School in the summer

Malawi - Copley Junior

Our Eco Council has been active in developing a link with a school in Malawi. They consulted with Copley pupils to draw up a list of questions to find out about life and the schools in Malawi and we were delighted to receive the answers back from Mr Barnes who has spent a year supporting schools in Malawi. The Eco Council then prepared a PowerPoint and led an assembly to share the information with everyone. Well done and thank you to the Eco Council and Miss Walker!