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We have just finished our first project year and we have been curious how children liked it. Here are results of our final questionnaires:

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Last Thursday 17th June, we had a meeting to thank our students and their families for participating in our Erasmus program. Despite the difficult times we are going through, they have been working with great enthusiasm and dedication. They are willing to go on working in our project and doing all the activities which have not been possible to do this year. We gathered in the school courtyard to give them a certification and some clothes (cap and jacket) with the project logos. There was a representation of all the school sections at the meeting (teachers, headmistress, administration…) and we all agreed that joining the project has been a wonderful experience as regards its main topic and also, getting to know students and colleagues from the other countries we are working on with. Finally, we would like to say that we are looking forward to the years to come and…

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After long sitting at the computers during distance learning due to covid-19 pandemic, we were finally able to go hiking. Our first trip was on the 11th June 2021 and lead us to the Ondřejník massif it´s second highest point Ondřejník (889 m).

Our task on the trip was to shoot a videoreport that will be a part of our tourist guide. Each child had to learn their part in advance and because everybody did so, everything went very well. Children will edit the video after summer holidays – our school bought the Pinnacle Studio licence.

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Czechia, Latvia and Spain organized the final videoconference on Friday 28th May 2021. It was the „imaginary dot“ after this school year where children tested their knowledge of the stuff dealt with in this school year. We met online in Zoom 12 o´clock sharp (1 PM Latvian time), Czech and Spanish kids at school (finally!) and Latvian kids at home. We started with three kahoot games based on the vocabulary from trip 1 and 2. Each country prepared one game. Judging by children´s reactions, their had a lot of fun! Before saying goodbye and happy holidays (which start in a few days in Latvia), each child informed about their holiday plans. Even if we faced some technical problems and talking in masks was difficult, we enjoyed the videocall and I hope everybody is eager to meet after holidays again. Hana Břoušková.

Hello everybody, we are already back at school, distance learning is over! We can finally meet „live“ in the classroom. Our first live lesson was in the computer room where we prepared for the coming videoconference with Spain and Latvia. Children were doing online exercises, practising vocabulary for the videocall games and preparing their speech about holiday plans. I also collected their pictures painted during the lockdown. Have a look in the photogallery! If you want to, you try out our games! Hana Břoušková. Latvian words Spanish words Czech words MIX – what is it? Animals: https://wordwall.net/play/16630/361/110 Plants: https://wordwall.net/play/16630/464/173

Rigas Valda AVotina pamatskola is involved in Erasmus project “Hiking – Explore And Learn ”.
This was interesting and hard time because of the epidemological reasons. Most of the school year we all were on distance learning, we did not have chances to go hike. We work theoretically and had videoconferences in order to meet our project partners and friends.
But there came beautiful and flowerfull spring, and everyone had hunger to go out.
So our school according to the project aims suggested to have hiking day.
We could not to hike all together, but we could go hike on all together one day.

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We have a new noticeboard where we will inform the public about our project. It is standing in the arcade of the Castle of Žerotín and it will „rotate“ among various places, for example our town hall etc. The noticeboard was made by our colleague Lukáš Navrátil.

The “covid time“ does allow us to meet our project partners live. We should have visited the Spanish school in March for learning activities, but instead most of us are locked at home on distance learning. However, we decided to face the situation as we can and do at least something!

On Friday 26th March we met with our partners online in a Zoom videocall. Spanish pupils were at school, so we could at least see their classroom. Czech and Latvian kids are still at home on distance learning, so they joined the meeting individually.

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We are so excited to be part of this project which combines nature, partnership, healthy habits, language learning and so many essential benefits for our students. It´s an excellent opportunity to work inside and outside the classroom even considering the current pandemic situation.

In the first term we concentrated in settling the basis to start working. Although the first meeting couldn´t be held in Czech Republic, there has been a constant coordination among the participant countries via videocall and email. As regards the work in our country, we focused on choosing the students that were going to join the project. Nineteen twelve- years- old students were glad to participate after getting their parents´ formal consent.

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What we can do and how we prepare the hiking trails for our project?

Latvians teachers are trying to look for interesting hiking trails in order we all will be able to go hiking. 

It is allowed for Latvians to go hiking not more then 10 people with the coach. Our sport teacher( as she is the coach) organised Nordic walk workout in the woods. It was the way we could shared ideas about project work in these “interesting” times.

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