Local Activities

A very interesting and engaging activity was carried out on twinspace. We have produced a comic based on brainstorming activity in our group; here our creativity was the king! We like to be creative! In order to make this comic, we used free software. It was the first time we used a virtual platform to write a comic. It was a lot of fun and interesting because we learned how to start writing this kind of book. 

Comics are a favorite kind of literary work for all generations. Coloring pictures and short reading texts make fun.

Pupils and teachers from 1st Primary School Čakovec have decided to create their own comics that will popularize rational spending of resources, savings, promote financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

At first, we learned the rules, tricks and tips on how to make a good comic book. Part of the student's their skills and abilities were shown by drawing with a pencil, and part of the students were making comics by using the computer in by using the PowToon and Pixton application. All comics we present to the school community and students select the best comics by online voting.

Similarly to our previous Comenius and Erasmus projects, we created a new YEA Erasmus+ corner in our school in September 2017. In order to inform the entire community of the activities what we were and are carrying out, we chose a light and visible place in the main entrance area, so that students, parents and teachers can see it many times every day. There are four large boards in our YEA Erasmus+ corner. At the beginning of our project in September 2017 we displayed a map of Europe and marked all our partner countries. We added interesting information about all countries – longest rivers, highest peaks, system of education, flags, currency, famous people and interesting places to visit. Now we offer the most important information, photos, articles and news about the project, as well as students’ works related to the project, timetibles for the students club for help in learning, opening hours of our school sports hall canteen, month and year plans of our YEA Erasmus+ tasks. 

 

 

In these activities pupils get acquainted with the Erasmus + programme in general, for the first time, but also with the project activities of the project “Young Entrepreneurs in Action” in which we participate as a partner school. Pupils learn about the national flags as well as the school web pages of the partner schools. In teamwork, using brochures and the Internet they design the Erasmus corner in our classroom. Later on, they will participate in designing the Erasmus corner for pupils, teachers and parents at the entrance of our school. They suggest project activities in which we will develop entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, financial and digital literacy and multiculturalism. At the beginning they do research on state symbols and landmarks of the partner schools. They create a logo for the project, decorate the classroom pinboard with flags of our partner countries and the EU. In order let all pupils, teachers and parents know about the Erasmus programme and about our project activities they suggest how to make an interactive panel which will demonstrate our project activities in the Erasmus programme. All pupils are very interested in these activities in which they can express their creativity and initiative.

 

 

Our school for the first time participated in the EU Erasmus + education program. The "Young Entrepreneurs in Action" project aims to promote and develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and the first financial literacy in young people. All project activities and all participating countries found their place in the Erasmus Corner and in the school's IT lab. 

 

 

The YEA corner are the main places in our school to present the project work and results to school community (teachers, parents, students). All these are tiny pieces of the great YEA mosaic that we regularly build, supplement and update on the corridors of our school to make the majority of people acquaint themselves with our activities to make them encouraged us to actively engage in our activities and change ourselves, our school, the city and the world to the better.

This are places where we present our partner schools, their advantages and specialties, we break the boundaries between nations and religions.

YEA Corners are the places that encourage individuals to develop and develop their skills, places where we build friendships.

 

 

We try to be an ECO friendly school and we teach our pupils how to use the resources, that are limited, as efficiently as we can. We prepared two workshops in our park and came up with wonderful ideas.

We agreed on these:

Paper

  • always use both sides of a sheet
  • if possible, choose recycled paper
  • reuse envelopes
  • keep all old pápers, exercise books, test, worksheets for recycling

Water

  • no play with water in the restrooms
  • no flushing the toalet unnecessarily
  • water plants right in the morning to avoid rapid evaporation
  • repair any dripping taps as soon as possible
  • drink tap water
  • turn off the tap when brushing teeth
  • shower is better than a bath

 

 

Firstly students thought about what we are wasting. They searched some situation via internet. They noticed that people don’t waste just food, energy or money. They also noticed that Naturel sources, time etc. would be wasted. And then they created some scenarios. Students took photos their thoughts related saving or wasting something. They tried to show “should be”, and “Shouldn’t be “on their photos. Also they were studied as team. They made cooperation with their friends. All photos were collected and video was created by using these photos and shared on social media to create awareness about saving something and World Saving Day.

Video Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxtbTQLbX1w5MC1jc0RNREZFZ00

 

 

In our Computer Science class pupils made a home budget plan using a spreadsheet in MS Excel workbook. The spreadsheet contains all household expenses: bills for electricity, water, gas, maintenance, rent, cell phones, TV, the Internet as well as food supplies, and other expenses like membership fees for extracurricular activities, credits and so on. Pupils learned writing formulas by which they can very easily and quickly count atotal amount of their parents' monthly or annual expenses. Afterwards they added other expenses like petrol, registration fee, school lunch, books, clothes, footwear, birthday celebrations, cinema tickets, trip expenses, and so on. By running costs in the table for one year they students noticed that some expenses are higher or lower according to the season. At the end they made a savings plan in a spreadsheet using different functions (SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT, COUNTIF, IF) which enbles them to see how much they can save in a year or in a month. During the discussion they showed a great knowledge about savings. Some of their suggestions are listed below. In this activity it was very interesting to see how students reacted on the total amount of expenses their parents have every month,. Many of them didn’t know they are so high.

Some of the students' suggestions:
“We don’t have to buy water in the supermarket, because running water is of good quality.”
“We don’t have to buy unhealthy food like crisps or juice.”
“We can making bruschettas out of old bread.”
“We can use overripe fruit to make a smoothie, jam or a cake.”
“We can use LED light at home.”
“When our parents pay for our extracurricular activities we have to attend them regularly. We can take a shower there, if possible.”
“We can walk instead of using a car. It is also healthier.”
“We can grow spices on our balcony.”
“We can collect money for birthday presents together.”
“We can shop on discounts.”
“We can buy second-hand books.”
“For better budget planning we can make a budget plan using spreadsheet and formulas.”

 

 

Our third activity was the production of Christmas cards or from our city; We have produced some items made with recycling material. Furthermore, we have decorated some garbage cans to reuse them in our school. It was a very fun activity because we produced new beautiful things with old objects! We also sold the small objects made and then earned and saved to do charity. 

 

 

In the consumer society we are used to buying and spending different resources without planning. Sometimes we buy things we do not need. Sometimes we spend unnecessarily energy. How to reduce consumption? How to save? On these and similar questions, students tried to find answers in common brain storms. The students created and presented tips on responsible spending on all the resources we have. We have created tips and ideas that can reuse old things (school supplies, clothes), things that we can recycle (paper, textiles, plastics, glass), how to reduce energy consumption, household cash, etc.

 

 

Each year of our YEA Erasmus+ project we tryied to come up with ideas whom and how to help. We helped to clean our town, we helped to clean our river and we wanted to help other people as well. Our oldest students decided to help the smallest children in our kindergarten – they prepared a st Nicolas day performance and brought little gifts for each child, in summer they prepared a sports day for them and a program for the International Children's Day full of games and competitions. Smaller pupils – from our fifth grade – decided to help the oldest people of our town. They visited our old folks home couple of times each year and prepared a program full of music and songs. Their teacher brought a guitar, pupils brought flutes and violins and they all together played and sang lots of traditional songs. Our grandmas and grandpas were very happy, to see our pupils and spend a few afternoons with them.

We visited the shelter for abounded animals with 20 students from Erasmus team.  We took 5 big boxes dog food as gift to abounded animals. And we brought old blanket and newspaper. Because we learnt that they need them before went over there. Mrs Gediz who work at shelter as volunteer informed us about animals and shelter center. Abounded animals are look after over there. Vets visit animals regularly. There is also an animal hospital. We saw the dogs and cats. Also there are some disabled dogs. We could touch the dogs which are out of the cage. Because they can move free, they are not attacker.  

Mrs. Gediz talked about places where we can take help for abounded animals. We released that municipals can help abounded animals when we call them. And people can adopt these animal if they want.  The most important thing is to make awareness about abounded animals and how to help them.

On October 17, 2018, under the YEA project of the Erasmus + program, students who participate in this project visited the section of support for young people and adults with permanent special needs. During the visit, they had contact with the daily activities of the users, experienced the valences of the snoezelen room, a multi-sensory room that aims to stimulate sensory and / or decrease anxiety and tension levels, and participated in joint activities of sensorial nature.

Mutual help and care for each other is the foundation of a healthy and successful society.

In our environment there are different people with different needs. Older people who live alone and need help with going to the store and pharmacy. Children in a hospital who need a company, take care of them to have a better day at the hospital. Poor people. Children who need help in learning. Children who need to talk about family problems. Abandoned animals.

In the desire to beautify everyone for at least a few hours, the students visited the nursing home, prepared small Christmas performance and carried the symbolic gifts they had made themselves. The students read books and pictures books to the ill children who are in hospital for treatmens. Students made decorative ceramics and collected donations for school trips for students with poor economic opportunities. We organized gathering food for Caritas. Students collected old blankets for abandoned animals in shelter. We organized help in learning.

Everything is nicer and better when we are together.

During the first year of our Erasmus+ project we tried Six Thinking Hats method to come up with business idea, that would work at school. The best idea seemed to be running a school canteen. We had a room in our sports hall to use, we had the idea, we had the support of our school management and our teachers, we had lots of volunteers to help an work for this idea. We planned the range of products to sell, we went to the supermarket with our teacher, bought everything we needed and opened our canteen for the first time in spring 2018. We had some problems with preparing coffee, with noticing sold products, our promotion was not very good, but we were getting better and better and we were able to earn more money each day. After a couple of months we had enough money to buy a coffee machine, then a toaster. We will continue with our bussiness for sure next year. Then we will have to teach younger students, because it will be our last year in our school. 

Hrvatski inovatori - istraživanje učenika (Croatian innovators – a research made by students)
Učenici šestih i sedmih razreda istraživali su hrvatske inovatore.(bit.ly/hrvatskiinovatori - sedmaši, bit.ly/hrvinov - šestaši)

To encourage entrepreneurship students got the assignment do a research about some Croatian innovators. They found a lot of interesting facts in their biographies. They learned about what is important to become a successful innovator and they came to the conclusion that it is not easy to be a successful innovator. It takes hard work, a lot of time, money and a bit of luck - like in every business. In order to succeed you have to be very passionate and creative, but also very persistent, diligent and brave. Students had to prepare a short presentation and present to other students what they found out about the innovators.

At the beginning, when students had to name some Croatian innovators, the only one they could remember was Nikola Tesla. They realized they didn’t know of any local innovator or any female innovator at all. During the assignment our students learned that there are lots of young successful innovators in Croatia. In order to share the information with other students they had to publish their notes on a padlet wall. The information they found become an important part of our new interactive Erasmus corner where we share information about project activities with other students, parents and teachers. 

During the period from February to April 2018 students developed some business plans. Both the bank officer and the local businessman gave importance to the development of a good business plan. The contact point of the project, Donata Forte with Francesca Tricarico, a math and science teacher, explained the most important elements of a business plan in more detail. The biggest problem for students was the analysis of the economic aspect. Later on, we had a good idea about a joint undertaking for mobile students who were coming to our school. So we acted all as the main players of the organization of the mobility week. After a first brainstorming activity, we realized that the best things of our school could be represented in order to welcome foreign students and teachers. We created a pottery lab led by teacher Cipollino with

the aim of making some gifts for students and teachers. We decorated all these presents for teachers by using the typical symbols of our region (wheat and olives) and we created some pendants with emoticons for students. We, also, organized a musical lab led by teacher Vincenzo Raddato because we wanted to introduce our school through music. We chose musical texts with a certain criterion: “Ode to joy” by Beethoven because it is the European hymn; “Nel blu dipinto di blu” by Modugno because it represents Italy all over the world and “Pizzicarella” because it’s a folk song of our Puglia. We organized a third lab about tour guides in Cerignola. Students were divided into groups of three or four people and they did some researches about famous monuments in the town. Later,

they translated their documents with the help of an English teacher, Sabrina Pedico, and we created a lay out of photos and researches. We planned the whole realization of mobility programme and with parents and students we, also, opted for the creation of the right labs and workshops related to our local production.

they translated their documents with the help of an English teacher, Sabrina Pedico, and we created a lay out of photos and researches. We planned the whole realization of mobility programme and with parents and students we, also, opted for the creation of the right labs and workshops related to our local production.