ERASMUS+ Sparrow


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Flexible Grundschule Woffenbach, Germany

The primary school in Woffenbach is located in a rural environment in the district of Neumarkt, a town of about 40,000 residents in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. The area is doing well economically and the unemployment rate is especially low. 155 pupils attend grades 1 through 4 in all together eight classrooms. Grade levels 1 and 2 are taught in a classroom together, called the "flexible entry level" in which pupils can stay between one and three years depending on their cognitive and social skills.

The regular curriculum is taught in the morning and the teachers offer a wide variety of classes in the afternoon, Pupils may sign up for such afternoon activities on a voluntary basis. Some choose to participate in a musical, others take a philosophy class or join a basketball team. 

Nicole Röder is the coordinator of the SPARROW project in Woffenbach and with two decades of experience in the primary classroom, she has a large repertoire of activities that she will share on this website. You can view a full presentation of the school here.

Instituto Comprensivo Via della Tecnica, Italy

The Instituto Comprensivo "Via della Tecnica" is situated in Pomezia, a town near Rome. Many people have who have settled in Pomezia come from Southern Italy, Eastern Europe and African countries. The industry in Pomezia has been going through difficult times and therefore many families live in difficult economic situations.  

The school is composed of three branches; nursery, primary and lower secondary school make up the campus located right in the middle of town. The student body is especially diverse with students from various ethic backgrounds, students with special needs and those who are at risk of social exclusion. The teachers are very eager to boost the students' motivation to learn; a wide variety of methods is used in the classrooms to keep students interested. The media and material offered is tailored to a very high degree towards the needs of the individual students. 

Elena di Bella is the coordinator of SPARROW in Pomezia and excited to share her methods of teaching literacy in a highly heterogeneous classroom. 

Carlos Cano Secondary School, Spain

Carlos Cano secondary school is located in Los Barrios, in the south of Spain, only 20 km from the African continent. The school is attended by around 600 students between the ages of 12 to 18 years, who all live in Los Barrios, except for a few of them who come from the rural areas. 11 different nationalities go to the school, some of them come from Morocco or Great Britain. The school has had a bilingual project since 2008, so some of the subjects are taught in English.

IES CARLOS CANO also offers a program for immigrants' literacy with special focus classes. The outreach of teachers to the families could lower the drop-out rate by far.

Rimaskoli, Iceland

Rimaskoli is a school in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Grades  1 to 10 are taught and about 600 students attend the school. Some students are of foreign origin, but the percentage is really low, somewhere around 4-5%. The required academic subjects are Icelandic (reading, writing, spelling, grammar), math, natural sciences, social science, English, Danish and P.E. including swimming. Other subjects that are mandatory (grades 1 to 7) are wood shop, home economics, arts and music. the school works in accordance with Olweus (a program to prevent and work with bullying). The belief that everyone is equal and we ought to treat each other with respect and dignity is the foundation the school is built on.