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STEM Activities in Year 5 - Gambian Visitors

Year 5 been very lucky to have Mr Bolam, a teacher from Southlands High School, to come and work with them in class during this half term.

Mr Bolam has been working with Year 5 on STEM challenges, which use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Today Mr Bolam brought along with him for the lesson some very special visitors who had travelled all the way from the Gambia! 

Southlands are linked with a school in Bijilo in Gambia, who they visit and support. Three teachers from this school came to visit Southlands, and also paid our primary school a visit whilst they were over here! 

It was wonderful to welcome Mr Kebba Fatty, Mr Almamo Federa and Mr Sana Daffeh to Coppull Parish, and we really valued their help with our woodwork challenge!  We also asked them some questions about what it is like in Gambia and how different their school is from  ours. 
Here are some of the interesting things we found out...
  • Their school has over 1200 children, over 1000 more than ours!
  • Their school day starts at 8am and lasts until 2pm, or it begins at 2pm and lasts until 6.30pm!  They have that many pupils they have to have two separate shifts! 
  • All of the lessons are taught in English, even though there are eight different languages spoken there.
  • They had never seen (or travelled) on a train or double decker bus.  Only one of them had been on a plane before this visit!
It was lovely to welcome them to our school and hope they
enjoyed their visit as much as we did!