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We had a meeting with the head teachers from both schools today. It went very well. In fact it went a lot better than expected. They were both in full support of what we are doing with the children and believe that they will learn so much on the trip that they simply wouldn’t be able to in school.
The education of our children is very important to us and we will be taking responsibility for this during our trip. While we are not teachers we will be doing our best to home-school the children while away and concentrating mainly on English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology while we travel.
We will allow the children’s natural curiosity in the destinations and countries we visit to cover the other key stage areas.
In preparation for our meeting with the head teachers we had produced a document outlining just how the trip would cover the Key Stage areas of education. We have no worries in just how much the children will potentially learn while away.
Here is the list we provided the head teachers:
- The children will be encouraged to keep a journal of their trip.
- From time to time we will ask the children to produce a factual poster or booklet based on something we have visited that inspires them.
- We will use the Reading Eggs website to support our daughter’s reading.
- We will be making use of book exchanges to swap reading books.
- The children both have tablets which we can download reading books onto.
- Squeebles Spelling App will be used to provide our son with Key Stage spelling tests.
- Both children are subscribed to Mathletics to aid in maths. Not only with the online lessons but also with printable worksheets.
- Both children are also signed up to Komodo Maths to help build their maths confidence in short online lessons.
- Various maths apps are installed on the children’s tablets such as Maths Bingo, Squeebles Fractions, Squeebles Times Tables to allow them to learn while on the move.
- We aim to include Maths lessons in everyday situations as much as possible. E.g. Currency, measurements, time, counting items, fractions.
Information and Communication Technology
- Both children will be taught programming on the trip using Scratch 2.
- We will teach them computer logic, windows forms design and code using .NET.
- They will be encouraged to use email, and Skype to keep in contact with family and friends back home.
- They will be using the GoPro and learning how to edit video.
We hope to visit the following countries and will be teaching the children about each of them while there including:
- Geographical location
- Capital cities and flags
- Flora and fauna differences due to topography.
- Local wildlife
- Local customs, clothing and food
- Weather systems (monsoons, wet and dry seasons, etc.)
Oceania : Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji
Central America : Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala
North America : Mexico, Canada
We will be exploring the history of each of the countries we visit. This will include such things as:
- British, Dutch and Spanish colonial rule.
- The effects of the Second World War, or the Vietnam War.
- Australian history, how it is linked to the U.K.
- The history of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
- History of the Incas and the Mayans.
There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the many fields of science such as:
- Astronomy – Exploring the different star formations in each hemisphere
- Biology – Learning about wildlife by visiting national parks, or helping out with conservation projects. Learning about their own bodies.
- Natural History – The children will be learning about evolution and Darwin’s theory (survival of the fittest) while visiting the Galapagos Islands
- Earth Science – We will be visiting volcanoes and countries that have been subjected to earthquakes among other things. We will learn what causes them and see first-hand the effect they have on the environment.
- Engineering – We will see the Panama Canal, take a trip on old railroads and see first-hand how engineering has helped people’s lives throughout the world.
- Where possible the children will be encouraged to take lessons in creating local crafts.
- We will see how people around the world design and then construct various items and the tools that they use to do this.
Art and Design
- The children are always encouraged to draw pictures and create crafts, and this will be no different while we are away.
- They will learn about local arts and crafts and the meanings behind them, for instance mask making in Sri Lanka, or Aboriginal style art in Australia.
- The children are going to be exposed to various forms of music from around the world.
- We will encourage them, where possible, to try different instruments – for instance pan pipes in South America or the didgeridoo in Australia.
- Trekking (rainforest treks, mountain treks, etc.)
- Playing games with parents and local children.
The children will be exposed to cultures practicing the following:
- Roman Catholic
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Responsibility, flexibility, resilience, patience and confidence.
- Teamwork. Working as a family unit to get through the trip.
- Understanding of various cultural and social issues.
- Interaction with different ethnic groups and various social standings.
- Social skills with a wide range of age groups.
- Learn from the environment around them.
- To be a global citizen, see the world around them and understand where they fit in.
- We hope the children will learn a lot of Spanish from our time in South and Central America.
- The children are always encouraged to learn “Hello”, “Goodbye” and “Thank You” in the local language of each country we visit.