Fifth grade students of Hernández School visit Glasgow


Hernández School has started this year a new European project with the Pollokshields Primary School in Glasgow. The project “Living to learn, learning to live”, which lasts for two school years, continues the previous project – “OLOS – Our lives, our stories” – that our school carried out with our Scottish partner.

The objectives of “Living to learn, learning to live” are to raise awareness among students and their families of the importance of caring for the body and mind, promote physical activity, learn other realities related to different sports and cultures, create bonds of friendship and work autonomy, among others.

For this reason, in this first phase of the project, a group of 19 students from the 5th grade of the Hernández School has traveled to Glasgow where, from March 8 to 13, they have enjoyed the practice of multi-adventure activities such as climbing, archery or ax throwing, among others, and they have learned orientation and survival techniques in nature at the Ardentinny Outdoor Education Center. Activities framed within the new foreign language learning methodology “Outdoor CLIL”.

In addition to 5 teachers from the center, the pilotari Ricard Sentandreu has also participated in the project, who, helped by our students, has taught Scottish students the first notions of Valencian ball (types of games, which are the balls to play each modality or how to wrap hands) in order to play some VALÈNCIA-GLASGOW game in a kind of improvised “trinquet” for the occasion. The enthusiasm of the Scottish students, who get the game the first time, was more than evident. Proof of this are the photos they have sent us with the gloves that they have made with the material we gave them.

From Hernández School we want to highlight the importance of the internationalization of educational centers as a tool to better understand the sociocultural reality we are experiencing in Europe. A goal that can be achieved through participation in European programs that also allow young students to enjoy unique and unforgettable life experiences such as the one just experienced by our 5th grade students. Thanks to the involvement and collaboration of families in the life of the center, it is possible to achieve these milestones.