In Songs and Dances We Are United

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Kulupenai M.Valancius Basic School, the cordinator of the Erasmus+ KA2 strategic school partneships Project „Learning about our countries – we are united in Europe“, completed the last part of the programme „Our folklore and customs“. During the second week of October, English, Bulgarian Greek, Polish, Turkish, and Lithuanian languages were heard in Kulupenai school.
The student – teacher teams from five European countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Turkish, and Lithuania - participated in the final transnational meeting. The learning – teaching activities of this meeting were based on the materials prepared by all five partner schools and presented on etwinning platform for all the participants to study. Kulupenai school created an intellectual output, CD, „In songs and dances we are united“.


Greetings and songs
The guests of the meeting were greeted in all the languages of the project by Lithuanian students.
After the short programme, the school headmaster V.Kelpsa and the officials of Kretinga education department and Kulupenai community welcomed the participants of the transnational meeting. Kulupenai school presented a video „These are our countries“. After the opening ceremony, the learning-teaching activities began. First of all, the participants were teaching each other the basic vovabulary in each language of the project. It was not easy to learn some of words, but everyone learned the word „thank you“ in all the languages of the project. Learning the lyrics of the songs and singing all the songs of each country was the most interesting and funniest activity. Everyone admired the singing of the Lithuanian boys and the Polish girls who sang a Polish folk song together. Singing the folk songs of the partner countries became a good start of communication and friendship.


Wisdom of fairy tales

The drama plays of all the school teams based on their countries‘ fairy tales improved the knowledge about the folklore of the project countries. The Bulgarian students presented a fairy tale about the most precious fruit which is knowledge. The Polish team played the legend about the dragon of the Wavel castle that frightened the people, and a shoemaker who killed it and helped the people. The story about the king who learned to bake the sweetest bread and understood how much work is necessary to be done to have it, was presented by the Greek students. Kulupenai school students performed two drama plays. The forth graders reminded the story about the giant turnip and the efforts to pull it out with the help of people and animals together. The seventh graders played „The legend about Neringa“ and invited all the participants to dance a fishermen‘s dance „stinta – pukis“. The fairy tales performed by all the partners opened some of the common features of our project countries‘ folklore.

The national costume and the magic of weaving

The folklore topic was supplemented with the weaving lesson where the Lithuanian national costume was presented for the participants of the meeting. The event was organised and the learning-teaching activities were prepared by the former math teacher of the school, Regina Tilvikiene. The director of Motiejus Valancius museum in Nasrenai, Violeta Cesniene, presented the national costume of the region, the samogitian costume. The national costumes were also demonstrated by the residents of Kulupenai, V. Maciene and J. Rimkuviene.
All the participants of the meeting got involved in the weaving activities. With the help of the Lithuanian students, the guests had a chance to weave a ribbon with the national Lithuanian ornaments. The guest were given these ribbons to have as souvenirs from their Lithuanian peers.
The weaving loom of the teacher, R.Tilvikiene, became the equipment of the greatest interest. The teachers and the students of the project countries wanted to try it and weave at least a few lines. The weaving lesson gave a chance to undestand the art and beauty of a traditional Lithuanian weaving.

What we have learnt about our countries


In Kulupenai, the five Erasmus+ project countries completed the two year Project programme.
Five international teams assessed their knowledge in the quiz „What we have learnt about our countries“. The quiz was based on the materials presented by all the partners about their sports, nature, history, and national cuisines. While in Lithuania, the participants of the meeting, together with their friends from Kulupenai, visited Kretinga municipality, Kretinga catholic church and the winter garden at the Kretinga museum. The participants visited Palanga amber museum and took part in educational activity organised by amber museum where they learned to make cards with the pieces of amber and other natural materials. The beauty of wild nature in the Curonian Spit and the dolphin show in Klaipeda sea museum were enjoyed by all the participants.
During the final evening, there was another activity where everyone got involved. All the partner teams presented their national games or dances and invited to dance and play. A nice programme of Lithuanian folk songs and melodies was given by a folk band of Kulupenai, directed by S.Jucys.
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The completed project opened more opportunities for students to learn about the five countries of Europe: their customs and culture, history and nature. When participating in unconventional learning – teaching activities, the participants of the project improved their knowledge in geography, history, music, ethnic culture and English. The transnational students-teachers meetings in five project countries brought the competences of various types of   communication into a higher level. The Project became like a good school of partnership that helped to understand the contemporary world with the prospective plans about the future.


More materials about the transnational meeting in Kulupenai:
www.facebook.com/Kretingos-rajono-Kūlupėnų-Motiejaus-Valančiaus-mokykla-1317521111644605/

Nijole Montrimaite
Project Coordinator

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The meeting opening ceremony

 

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First activities – learning basic vocabulary of the Project languages

 

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Ready for the fairy tale plays

 

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Weaving activities

 

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In Kretinga

 

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The participants – Kulupenai students

 

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In Kretinga museum park

Spring Meetings in Bulgaria

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Summary of the article announced in  the newspaper  of Kretinga District,
                                             „Svyturys“  ( Engl. „Lighthouse“) ,  Lithuania

 

Spring  Meetings  in  Bulgaria

(Pavasariški susitikimai Bulgarijoje)

Kulupenai M. Valancius Basic School, the coordinating school, has implemented the first part of the  Erasmus+ Project ‚ „ Learning about our countries – we are united in Europe“,  „Sports and Games.
The students of the five countries have collected the materials  about sports and traditional games in their countries and  uploaded the slides on the internet for the partners to learn. SOU „Nikolay Katranov“ in Svishtov, Bulgaria, organised the sports presentations, competitions and games.  Four Students and three teachers from Kulupenai attended the transnationl teachers  – students‘ meeting in Svishtov.

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Lithuanian students  at the airport of Vilnius before  the trip to  Bulgaria

 

On this coast of the „little“ Danube
(the words from a Lithuanian folk song „Šitoj pusėj Dunojėlio“)

Svishtov – the centre of the district  in northen Bulgaria.  The biggest school – SOU „Nikolay Katranov“.

Skaityti daugiau: Spring Meetings in Bulgaria

Where Copernicus was wandering

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Summary of the article announced in  the newspaper  of Kretinga District,
                                             „Svyturys“  ( Engl. „Lighthouse“) ,  Lithuania

 

Where Copernicus was

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Kulupenai M.Valancius Basic School, Lithuania, completed the  implementation of the second part  of  the Erasmus Project  „Learning about our countries – we are united in Europe“ – „Natural beauty of our countries“. The learning- teaching activities of the students and teachers of the five countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey – took place in Zespół Szk ół w Pobiedziskach Szkoła Podstawowa i Gimnazjum, in April, 2016.

 

Joy of communication

Students and teachers of Pobiedziska organised a meaningful opening ceremony of the transnational meeting introduced the guests to their school premises and history, and organized the activities related the school history. Students and teachers of the five countries were involved in communicative tasks where they experienced a warm welcome and the joy of communication in English.

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Students (from the left) Vilius Venckus, Donatas Jurkevicius, Lukas Biriukovas, Agne Visinskaite at the meeting opening ceremony.

 

Learning geography differently

For the learning – teaching activities, the students studied the main features of the nature of their countries, prepared the

Skaityti daugiau: Where Copernicus was wandering

History Lessons in Greece

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Summary of the article announced in  the newspaper  of Kretinga District,
                                             „Svyturys“  ( Engl. „Lighthouse“) ,  Lithuania

 

History Lessons in Greece

 

Kulupenai M. Valancius Basic School has completed the third part of the Erasmus+ Project
„Learning about our countries – we are united in Europe“ – „Our History“.
 In October, the students, Vilius  Dirzininkas, Tomas Viskontas, Vykinte Kelpsaite, and Valdas Jasinskas, participated at the international teachers-students‘ meeting  organised by the 7th Gymnasium of Rhodes, Greece.  The students were accompanied by the headmaster of the school, Vidas Kelpsa,   scholl accountant Andzela Juciene, and English teacher, the Project coordinator, Nijole Montrimaite. During the meeting in Rhodes, the activities performed by the students earlier were discussed and the planned tasks were performed. The Project intellectual output, CD „Talking Monuments“, was presented by the Greek team.

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On the first day, in 7th Gymnasium of Rhodes.

 

The history that unites us  (Kas mus vienija istorijoje)

The Project participants collected the materials about the history of their countries and uploaded them on etwinning, TwinSpace. The students  revised history facts and learned new things. The Greek students presented the facts about the Olympics in Greece, the Alexander the Great, and the Colossus

Skaityti daugiau: History Lessons in Greece

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