Spain

Our partner school from Solsona – Spain/Catalonia:

Escola Setelsis

Setelsis school is the main public school in a town of 9301 inhabitants. We receive all kind of children, even the ones with special needs, and we have specific resources for them, like specialised teachers who are shared with other schools in our area. We have 508 students in total, from 3 to 12 years old. Our area is a semirural one, and the population work in factories, agriculture, tourism and all type of services, but unluckily there is a lot of unemployement by now.

We also want to mention that we are a lay school opened to all type of minds, because during the last years we have been receiving people from foreign countries.

You can find more on the school web pages:

http://escolasetelsissolsona.blogspot.cz/

El Patufet

• Traditional story chosen by our partners from Spain. In the story a tiny boy called Patufet helps his parents and later ends up in ox’s belly (and also gets out).

• Audio version together with short video can be downloaded from this webpage. http://www.super3.cat/unamadecontes/demo/show_video/7?lang=ca

• Time given to the study of this tale: November 2013 - February 2014

Activities

The story was introduces to the children in English only by our Comenius Assistant Elina. She read the story to children and later prepared some drama activities for this story. Extra time in afterschool club was used making sure children can explore the story in full. Art and Craft and language activities were incorporated into curriculum and school lessons. We also found many similarities to s Czech Fairy tale called “Paleček”

• Elina used drama to act the story with children during her time with them. Children listened and played the story in English only. We later listened to the story in Spanish and Catalonian.

• The first graders played with different coins and compared their values, sizes and weights. Frottage was used to draw chosen coins. After we chose the best one, the chidren had to draw tiny Patufet. He had to be little enough to fit under the coin. Very accurate cutting was needed to finish this activity.
• The second and third graders spent more hours on a multilingual project with the Patufet topic. We learned about the Patufet story, used pictures to introduce his typical clothing and used coloured paper to cut and paste Patufet. Children could choose any part of the story they liked for the setting. In the second part of the project we tried to use dictionary (and multilanguage speaking friends) to translate important words form the Patufet story. We put all of the words we could translate on the whiteboard and then wrote them on our paper/pictures with the Patufet story. Each picture contained at least one word in each of the partner school country.

• The first grader made comics out of the Patufet story. We used special gel wag creyons. Our pictures look so cool. Everybody was assigned a part of the story and later we put all the pictures in order and add speech bubbles.