Yew Wah China
The YWIES is an organisation based in China that was founded with a passion to bring international education to their Chinese students. To increase the opportunities available to Yeh Wah students to learn English abroad and be immersed in English culture, a Somerset Programme and new campus has been established at Knowle Hall a few minutes from Puriton Primary School.
As a school, we have created links with the YWIES and set up a series of three-day programmes over the year, when Jet Class will work alongside 10-12 year old students from YWIES, undertaking a variety of learning activities including literacy, drama, robotics, maths, art and environmental awareness.
Yew Wah - November 2018
Puriton and Yew Wah pupils spent two days together, learning about creation myth stories and shared their learning in different ways through literacy and drama.
On one of the days, the children read a number of creation stories and decided, which one they liked the most. They watched videos, explored the characters and were set the challenge of creating a piece of work that showcased the story of their choice. Some of the children wrote their own creation stories, created board games and produced comics of the stories.
On the drama day, the children played fun games including 'Zip Zap Bop', the sun shines on you if... and See It Be It. The children loved the games and enjoyed finding out about the Yew Wah pupils. We read the creation story of PanGu and in small groups, we created a short performance to tell the story that started and finished with a still image.
Yew Wah - May 2018
Puriton pupils met Chinese pupils from Lingang, Shanghai in May and spent two days together.
On one of the days, we went to Carymoor, where we had a fun day exploring the ways of the Crafty Celts. We built mini roundhouses, cooked bread over an open fire and learned about some of the animals that would have been around at that time. On the second day, we investigated the artwork of Ben Newman. We were given the task of creating our own masks inspired by his work, using bright, bold colours and large shapes.