1) TOPIC: European values - Fairtrade

    prepared by: 8 grade pupils + English teacher Alena Buroňová

    target pupils: Erasmus+ students, age 15 - 17

    place: primary school Kosmonautů 15, Ostrava, the Czech Republic

    date: 26 January 2015 (1st project meeting, CZ)

    In the beginning of this project pupils from grade 9 came with the idea to learn more about Fair-trade and tell the other pupils about it. So they invited guests from NGO FerOVA and the three most active girls helped to prepare a presentation of the topic and products for pupils from grade 9 and 8. At the end they decided to start a Fair-trade club. Later we also had Fair-trade English lessons and pupils worked on their presentations and worksheets. They presented their results to the other pupils. Next the decision was taken to prepare Fair-trade lesson for Erasmus+ students who visited Ostrava in January 2015. A poster presenting spreading the Fair-trade ideas by our pupils was made and even sent to national statistic poster competition. Finally pupils took the posters created during the international meeting to a vocational school in Hlučín and taught their Fair-trade lesson which is one of this project outcome and will be part of the Manual of lessons prepared and taught in the project "Teaching: An effective key to self-learning". Then we were ready to write the final version of our lesson plan and finalized the worksheets. 


    Here you can see what was happening during our Fair-trade lessoon and project day during the international meeting in January 2015.




    Teaching materials: presentaton of fairtrade products and producing tea, lesson plan, worksheet with results for teachers, worksheet for pupils



    Video from the activity: Erasmus students presents their posters and say a greeting in their languages:


    This lesson was taught in Vocational school OU Hlučín which educates also apprentices with learning problems on 22 April 2015. Our team had a lesson for 13 students who want to become shop-assistants. The lesson was taught in Czech language. We informed about Fairtrade, the Erasmus+ project "Teaching: an effective key to self-learning", international meeting in Ostrava and the Fairtrade lesson for the participants. We took the posters created during the workshop and prepared a display for the apprentices

    The apprentices prepared short presentations of their skills and let us and 17 pupils from class 7. A to try those activities. We used this experience and photos also in our presentation about Czech educational system. 

    After this lesson we decided to make a worksheet for students to make them more involved in listening and to motivate them to think more about the information of child labour. On 10 June 2016 the lesson was taught at class 8. A by 4 pupils who were teaching all previous lessons. This time they were speaking in English at the first lesson while presenting in English lesson, curriculum connection - presentation of Survey (lesson 6). Next lesson was taught in Czech language during Math lesson curriculum connection - graphs and tables. The third lesson was used for drawing a Fairtrade poster or creating Maths problems based on Fairtrade statistics poster. A Math lesson for this project outcome - Manual will based on these problems  



    prepared by: class 9 + English teacher Alena Buroňová + Math teacher Daniel Hütter (both folklore dancers)

    consultant: Petr Buroň, a leader of folklore group Odra who also wrote choreography for our dance Zezulenka

    live music on rehearsals and VI. national Sokol folklore group parade in Slatiňany: youth band from Háj ve Slezsku (10 June)

    keyboard record: music teacher Marek Pabjan (for the performance at Petr-Pavel fair on June 25) 

    technical support: music teacher Zdeněk Ševčík (recording, mixing and burning a CD with music and vocals for Petr-Pavel fair performance)

    cooperation with: senior members of Sokol folklore group Odra -  and their leader Anna Buroňová 

    financial support: T. J. Sokol-Vítkovice (transport), Sokol organization (accommodation)

    special thanks to: - mayor Miroslav Buroň of T. J. Sokol-Vítkovice for lending us the folklore costumes for free

                                 - children choir KOKO leader Lenka Pelikánová for letting to use her studio for making the vocal record

    target pupils: students, age 13+

    practice: primary school Kosmonautů 15, Ostrava, the Czech Republic

    rehearsals with live music: 20 May, 27 May, 3 June in Český dům, Ostrava-Vítkovice

    performance: VI. national Sokol folklore group parade in Slatiňany (near Pardubice town) from 10 - 12 June 2016

                           Petr-Pavel fair at Ostrava-Vítkovice square on 25 June 2016

    recording music: children choir KOKO studio in Ostrava-Zábřeh on 24 June 2016 

    The cooperarion between our school and Sokol folklore group Odra dates 10 years back when we prepared performance called "Getting rid of Morana" for the Vítkovice part. The folklore group leader Anna Buroňová lets us use her choreography and comes every year to supervise the final practices and rehearsals. She also borrows us folklore costumes. Children from classes 1 - 5 who usually take part in it although a few older girls also take part and help pass these traditional old rhymes, songs and games to younger new comers. In the beginning of this project, the Odra consultants came to teach us one dance called "Babsky z Korně" with a song which are described in Music chapter, we taught them in the 2nd meeting in Spain in 2015. In March 2016, our pupils from grade 5 - 9 went to school in nature and a dancing workshop was opened for them. Almost 20 pupils after a week of hard work learnt to dance polka. When we returned, in the end of March the pupils came with the request to continue the dancing lessons. After a few lessons we addressed the Odra folklore group to help us with a choreography. Later they offered us to take part in the above mentioned folklore festival which was a great opportunity for our pupils to get a deeper insight of folklore traditions in our country. It meant for us to learn a more adult way for dancing polka. Why this is part of the Manual? Not all pupils were good with rhythm, after expanation and practice the difficult part with teacher, those who were better had to take part of their partner. This dance was also taught by means of social network Facebook to one of our pupil Klára who had to go to the spa for more than a month. She could not dance polka when she was leaving us but she really wanted to take part in the festival. She learnt polka in a club in the spa and we were sending her tutorials and descriptions of our dance. When she returned, the girls taught her at school the choreography as well as they could and we all met at the last rehearsal with live music Český dům on Friday, June 3. If you watch our first video which desribes the choreography and our graduate progress, Klára is in the last part dancing in light costume.  We believe that a group of older students who already can dance regular polka steps, this choreography and dancing steps may be learnt within one or two lessons.

    We were learning different ways how to dance POLKA, the steps for our performance and lesson are in the first video. In the middle video you can watch our performance at Slatiňany national folklore festival. The last video is about making vocals for the performance at the Ostrava fair.