Project meeting in Poland

The meeting took place in Primary School no. 10 in Rzeszów, it started on 25.02 and ended 1.03.2019.

Monday – Hi, my name is …

Welcome, welcome to Poland. These words were spoken many times that day. It was the first day of Erasmus+ week. Our partners could experience the Polish hospitality and got to know the school. They were treated as kings and queens. As the Polish tradition says guests should be welcome with bread and salt and so we did. When bread was vanishing our music teachers were playing folk music.

After that came the time for some artistic experiences. It all started about 9 o’clock. The first group prepared by Agata Gruba and Urszula Dworzańska showed the legend of Rzeszów, after that children presented the legend of Lech , Czech and Rus prepared by Joanna Bryda – Kłeczek and Ewa Michałek, finally we could see presentation of Monika Surowiec – Kozłowska and her students. Everyone were astonished.

The next point of our programme was presenting works prepared by all partners on chosen topics:

  • the main national myth/legend and the main message of this myth/legend
  • traditions or customs which are characteristic for the partners’ country
  • “Human wandering” in myths and legends.

Please look at the presentations created by project partners for the meeting in Poland:

Maybe now you think that all we did was just learning. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the classrooms was changed into the cafeteria. Teachers and children could eat some sweets or fruit and drink hot drinks such as coffee or tea. Nobody was hungry. But the most important thing waited to be done. Workshops- writing the story – creative writing. Children had to write the story using the given beginning. The first part was done by Polish team, the rest was continued by students. Pupils were divided into 5 groups. They should also put some elements, traditions or customs which are characteristic for the partners’ country into the stories.  Fortunately all ended with success.

Tuesday – Welcome to Kraków

Not tired with the first day? Prepare for explosion of positive emotions. Kraków and a  Wieliczka Mine were the aimes for Tuesday.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world.  It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Today, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure. 
Krakow is one of the most visited cities in Poland. There are numerous historical monuments, good hotels, restaurants and recreational opportunities. The most significant sites (and the symbols of Krakow) are: the Wawel Castle, main Market Square with Barbican, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica, Kazimierz. Krakow’s historic center is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It was also a chance to discover Polish legends connected with Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the city of Cracow. Participants got to know history and heritage of the former capital city of Poland as well.

After that active day everyone were tired but happy. Our partners had also the opportunity to try some traditional polish food such us pierogi(dumplings),gołąbki(cabbage rolls) and karkówka(ground chuck). Mmmmm sounds delicious.

Wednesday – Checking points

We were so active that week that we couldn’t slow down. The whole day was planned and occupied. First we started with visiting the Underground tourist route and then we spent some time with the president of Rzeszów Tadeusz Ferenc.  About twelve o’clock it started the most exciting part of the day. How to see the city in an unusual way? How to discover history and heritage of Rzeszow? Polish teachers know the answer. City game – a competition among students. Divide children into multinational groups, give them specific instructions where they have to go, what hotel they should find to get another clue , wish them good luck and the recipe for fantastic time ready.
(Look at the instruction)

After that run students came back to school for workshops. Children were making the project glossary- the list of mythological phrases which some of them they will use to write their own equivalent with an example of usage in their native languages. All ended with  Kahoot Group Competition on mythological phrases.

Thursday – Pstrągowa here we come

First I think I should change the title. Probably “Time travels” title would be more suitable now. Why? Because  Polish crew of Erasmus+ owns the time machine. On the 28th of February the teachers of Primary School from Rzeszów (U. Dworzańska, E. Michałek, B. Kochan and M. Szeliga) managed to arrange the trip to the past. They took our foreign friends to Siedlisko Janczar.
Not only they admired the landscape and nature but they even took part in a workshop of baking bread in the traditional way – “From grain to bread”. Every person made his bread that after baking was able to take home.

Could you imagine how a world would look like without cars? We all could feel it during the fascinating, unforgettable and  romantic buggy ride through the scenic area of Strzyżowsko-Sędziszowski Protected Landscape Area. In that way, we could also spent some time together enjoying unique views.

Not only were we having fun but we also worked a little. We had one hour brake for making “Mythos to Logos “posters. All children were divided into 6 groups of different nationalities. They had to cooperate to gain a goal. Children could use all types of techniques. When they finished all teachers were astonished by the perfection and diversity of works. All posters you can see below.

Of course we can’t forget about the wonderful time spent on grilling tasty Polish sausages. We still remember that beautiful smell and the faces of children and teachers while eating our dish.

Friday – all good things come to an end

It all went so quickly. We couldn’t imagine the better time spent with our guests. And it’s high time for conclusions and summary. That day was designed for evaluation for teachers. While the wise men where thinking how to cooperate in future children were taking part in funny lessons – maths lesson by Ewa Michałek, English lesson by Monika Surowiec – Kozłowska and Polish lesson by Ewa Skworzec. After that students prepared some kahoot quiz in computer lab connected with myths, legends from Podkarpacie and Poland. They stayed there for a while just to end the whole visit with jigsaw puzzle embedded in moodle system. Everyone wanted to use these last hours for sightseeing and of course shopping. Thank you for magnificent time and see you soon in Poland.

Look at the programme of the visit

Dissemination of the project.

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