General information for the INSPIRE ME! MOTIVATE ME! Erasmus Project

July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title


Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2016

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy; ICT – new technologies – digital competences; Key Competences (incl. mathematics and literacy) – basic skills

Project Summary

The aim of the project was to combine collaboration of expertise from around Europe with the use of ICT to develop our pupils into Global Citizens who are open-minded, critical thinkers who are not afraid of the challenges which they face in the 21st century, instead they face them with confidence. We worked together to develop an open and innovative delivery of education in our schools for pupils between the ages of 3 – 11 year, which is embedded in the digital era. Our priority was sharing and developing a program that addresses under-achievement in the basic skills of mathematics and literacy through more effective, innovative teaching methods which we will develop together.
Five partner countries participated in the project and each country did at least 18 mobilities and sent at least two partners to each project meeting.
Our objectives were reached as all activities planned enabled us to develop pupils’ motivation and inspire them to develop in the basic skills for future employment and to recognise their roles and responsibilities as Global Citiizens. Through the project they developed a variety of essential skills; literacy; numeracy; ICT; communication, peer development, decision making and critical thinking. The range of activities planned broadened the learning opportunities for our pupils whist providing both students and staff opportunities to develop and learn new methodologies and teaching strategies, giving opportunities to learn best from each other new and innovative teaching strategies for an effective curriculum to motivate our learners to support them in the future when working.
In the first year we focused on Problem solving. A teaching and training event took place in Denmark whereby our Danish co-ordinators trained us on innovative techniques to improve Mathematics of pupils. Following the training pupils worked on these new strategies, all schools developed ‘active maths’ and shared learning techniques and problem solving strategies to support and develop our pupils mathematical ability. By the end of the first year we had succeeded in the journey to developing our pupils as independent mathematicians with strategies to complete problems. A collection of mathematical questions were put together as an end product and posters created to help pupils solve mathematical problems.
In the second year we focused on raising reading standards. We looked at the Pie Corbett technique to develop pupils vocabulary and interest in books and shared traditional tales getting pupils to create digital animations of these stories. We visited Poland and learnt more about their reading strategies and shared reading strategies together to implement back at our schools the ideas which would be most effective. From the activities pupils developed confidence and interest in becoming independent readers and began to identify: why they are reading; what they want to get out of the material, and how thoroughly they need to understand it. The end product was a digital animated video of the pupils favourite traditional tales re-told by the pupils.
The final year of the project focused on develping critical and open thinkers. A training event was held in Wales where the UNICEF charter was looked at in detail and what it meant to be a Rights Respecting School. Training was given by Sue Lyle leading philosophy for Children co-ordinator and each partner country gained tools and strategies to implement philosophy for children successfully in their schools. All pupils gained an opportunity to develop to be critical thinkers through being taught how to create their own philosophical questions which they then explore together to open their minds so they can live interdependently in the 21st century and face any obstacles or challenges thrown at them in life by having an open mind and ability to discuss with appropriate vocabulary. Also the end product was a book written and illustrated by pupils from each partner school promoting a UNICEF right through a philosophical book. These books were shared in Poland at the final meeting for pupils to enjoy and read back at their schools.
The longer term impact of the project will be sharing of good practise via our website to raise the quality of teaching and learning and impact on the future of our pupils by raising standards of attainment in basic skills as well as developing them as ethical and informed young Global Citizens. All resources created and shared are available to use and download for free on our partner website
Also the opportunities that our pupils will have faced will be invaluable to supporting them to become global citizens who realise their roles and responsibilities. It will also allow us to work collaboratively on an European level, becoming much more knowledgeable practitioners to impact on our pupils learning.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 138625 Eur

Project Coordinator

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tirdeunaw & Country: UK

Project Partners

  • Kroggårdsskolen
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Parc y Tywyn
  • Scoil Mhuire Baile an Bhothair
  • Zespol Szkolno-Przedszkolny w Wolbromiu