International Partnerships

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Our Global Learning and International Partnerships journey began in 2012

We began our international work in 2012, when Emerald Class wrote to Fair Isle School.

In Autumn 2012, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School: our partner secondary, timetabled Chinese exchange teacher Wang Liming from Tangshan, to teach Mandarin and Chinese culture to both Ruby [Y3/4] and Sapphire [Y5/6] classes.

In the Spring Term of 2013, Emerald Class began communications with India.

During the Summer Term of 2013, Sapphire Class established links with 5 schools from around the globe. Sapphire Class had embarked upon a topic theme of China, shortly after developing their garden on very poor soil. Determined to understand better the challenges faced by different climates, the children sent a questionnaire to the International School Partnerships Expert and British Council Ambassador for the East Midlands, Chris Williams.

Work began on the garden…


Sapphire grew salad and vegetables. The produce being used for a Chinese Meal.

Over a period of 3 weeks, Sapphire Class received a presentation on school gardening from the Dr. Francisco Sanches School in Braga, Portugal; letters about fruit, vegetables and favourite recipes from pupils at Tangshan Lubei Experimental Foriegn Language School in China; photographs, a presentation and questionnaire replies from Anastasia Popescu School, Bucharest in Romania; photographs and messages from the St-Ouen-Des-Toits’ Primary School in Nantes, North-West France; as well as photographs and letters from Lacroix School in Guadaloupe.

Children from the Henri Chantrel School in Nantes, NW France

The children in the photograph above told us:

1. We grow various vegetables at school : spinach, radish, cucumber, courgette and pumpkin.
2. Some of us grow vegetables at home, but most of us don’t.
3. We have sown radish and spinach seeds. We have also tried to sow melon seeds but they didn’t grow. We have planted the cucumber, courgette and pumpkin seedlings.
4. Most of us aren’t fussy and enjoy most vegetables. We’ve tried the school radishes and spinach in a salad with “crème fraîche”. They were excellent!
5. Potatoes, leeks, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins are often grown in St-Ouen-des-Toits.

Thank you to the Children of Anastasia Popescu School, Bucharest, Romania for their presentation below:

Thank you to the pupils of Dr. Francisco Sanches School in Braga for their presentation below.

Thank you to the Lacroix School in Guadaloupe for their response to our questions:

Do you grow vegetables at your school?

1- Yes, we grow vegetables at school. The last week, we have picked up beautiful cucumbers.We are used to eating them in a salad.

Do you grow vegetables at home?

2- In fact, in Guadeloupe, most of rural people have got their own home/garden. Creole gardens are very different from European ones. The soil is worked into several trenches.

What vegetables do you enjoy growing and eating?

3-We like eating: tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and exotic vegetables like: sugar potatoes,breadfruit, hot peppers. We love eating spicy meals. Thanks to consistently sunny weather, the vegetables grow well in our country.

 They sent us a photograph of a Papaya Tree and an example of how they compost to feed their trees. See below.


Below is children from Sapphire Class presenting their project to the Lincolnshire Show judges in the Schools Challenge.

 Show Day Presentation Below

Presentation Part 2

Presentation Part 3 – Chinese Vegetable Song

Below – Sapphire Class with their produce.

Below is a photograph of the display Sapphire Class created for their Lincolnshire Show ‘Growing Around The Globe’ competition.

International Flavour at Marton in 2014

See below for a selection of the latest work

we have shared with our Partner Schools in Tangshan, China and Guadaloupe.

 View Katie’s Summary from her Rainforest learning

View Rhys’ summary from his Rainforest learning

View Charlotte’s explanation of Chinese Multiplication

View Amy’s explanation of Chinese Multiplication

Our work on Future Cities

‘Earth Day’ is marked on Tuesday 22nd April. The children began the day with an assembly thinking about how we can help keep our world clean and efficient. Some of the children considered what ‘green cities’ of the future might look like.

Below our mini teachers, Joseph and Caitlin took over as part of the Unicef Day for Change.

The focus of the day was to raise awareness of the importance of Education for all.


Our Fairtrade Tuckshop raising money and awareness for the benefit of our children and farmers world wide.


We welcomed Gwadan visitors to Marton Primary.

Our school ambassadors showed the esteemed visitors around our school.

Below is some stunning work our Chinese Partner school in Tangshan sent us
as part of our connecting classrooms project work

 Christmas and New Year Traditions at our school

Christmas and New Year Traditions at Marton Primary