WW1 history event for the region’s teachers

Following a successful Comenius REGIO project with partners in Northern France to develop partnerships between schools, museums and archive services to support learning about the First World War, we are hosting a free event for the region’s teachesr at the Durham Light Infantry Museum in Durham on May 20th from 1230 – 1500.

The half day event will begin with a self guided visit to museum collection, lunch and then a series of presentations about teh project, the pupils’ learning and also the new Durham at war website. The museum’s education staff will run three taster workshops featuring object handling, poetry and art and also a session investigating the life of an indicvidual soldier.

To book a place, please email karen.smith@durham.gov.uk

Children’s Art gallery

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A bright and bold painting by a pupil at Hare law School in County Durham will soon be admired by visitors to the Children’s Art Gallery of Europe in Kiev in the Ukraine.  Durham County Council was asked to find a suitable piece of children’s art to join the many which come from a vast array of coutries around the continent and which have been drawn together to mark Europe Day, 9th May.


The RENERGY project

Learning from Renewable Energy Best practice.

The RENERGY Project


A European funded project name RENERGY which aimed to develop more efficient energy and sustainable policies at a local level has reached its final 3 year term.

Twelve partners were brought together to produce area specific Action Plans to capture best practices and transfer experiences in order to make their regions more energy efficient.

Each partner produced a short video describing the impact that RENERGY had had upon their region with Durham County Council also being responsible for developing a Model Implementation Plan that could be adopted by any region, outlining the processes for identifying and implementing suitable energy efficient measures.

See attached link to the Durham County Council video: http://youtu.be/psSi0cqVy3o

Link to RENERGY website: http://www.renergyproject.eu/


For further information on the project or for a copy of the Durham County Council Implementation Plan contact:-

Ian Bloomfield (Project Manager)

Tel: (+44) 0 3000 265536e-mail: ian.bloomfield@durham.gov.uk

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Chinese workshops in your school

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Chinese New Year workshops in your school!  Dragons in Europe invites you to bring the wonderfully vibrant and inspiring Chinese New Year celebrations to your school. We will come to your school to deliver a varied session on or around the big day: February 19th in 2015. There will be mythical animal tales, traditional activities, Chinese character writing and lots of smiles!  The rise of China as an economic and global power has led to the rapid spread of Chinese culture and customs round the world. Now, Chinese language skills are in high demand. Also, exploring this fascinating culture is a cross-curricula journey. To find out about how our workshops fulfill curriculum criteria, click here.  Workshops will include some basic language learning, lots of culture and topical gifts for the children to take away.  Our Chinese New Year workshops are very popular and can be organised at your convenience and tailored towards the children in your school. Here’s some feedback from children and teachers from previous workshops:

  • “We all had a brilliant time. We learnt so much and we now know that Chinese people do not like number 4 and they do like number 8. We learnt loads of wonderful things. Thankyou!” – Lucy, pupil at Waddingham Primary School, Lincolnshire.
  • “The kids had a great time and loved their little ‘artefacts’ to take home and share with their families. I was really impressed with your rapport with the children and how you managed to fit so much into one hour.” – St. Johns Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
  • “It was a great workshop and all the kids came out of the school really enthused.” – Maple Walk Primary School, London.

To find out more please send us an email us or give us a call. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!  Marcus Reoch Workshop Coordinator marcus@dragonsineurope.com | 020 7228 8501 | www.dragonsineurope.com

Rivers of the World Flyer A4

Colleagues in Gateshead are hosting free professional development sessions across the North East region to better acquaint primary staff with the new cross curricular resource materials available from British Council and which use rivers as the focus for pupil activity. The kit also provides a great tool to be employed within context of internatioanl school partnerships.