Wojtek the Soldier Bear

The project will be an exploration of issues connected with the story of Wojtek, the ‘Soldier bear’. This brown bear became a member of the Polish army during the Second World War. He finished his life after the war in Edinburgh Zoo. Monuments to the bear exist in Poland, Scotland and England. Pupils will learn history and develop their creativ...

Quality Labels and prizes

In October 2017, both schools received European Quality Labels for this project:

We have received Quality Labels in Poland and England for this project.

The UK assessor commented:

This is a very good project looking at shared history through the story of Wojtek the soldier bear. The project has provided an impetus for the development of writing skills and has led to socio-political discussions about migration in Europe and how we welcome new arrivals. I was very impressed with the innovative approach to teach history through the same PowerPoint presentation via Blendspace, with lots of information about the war and Wojtek’s life, as a shared lesson. Well done!

 

Polish assessor commented:
Dobrze widoczna współpraca i zaangażowanie partnerów - Well visible partners' cooperation and partners' invovement.

At the UK national eTwinning awards ceremony, on Saturday 10 June 2017, this project was Highly Commended. The assessor commented:
“This creative project based on true life stories around a bear is truly engaging and clearly motivated the students and staff involved. With creativity, literacy and language development at the core there was engagement across the curriculum. Excellent use of active learning, IT, collaboration and review. The bear character created clearly demonstrates student's effort and enthusiasm. A really individual eTwinning project with history at its heart.”

Diana Linford receiving the Highly Commended Quality Label plaque from George Glass

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