German schoolchildren and teachers visited a Bermondsey school on June 13-17, just prior to the EU referendum, as part of a twinning programme to build links with Europe.
A group of thirteen primary schoolchildren from Grundschule Godshorn in Langenhagen, a town in Hanover, Germany, visited Boutcher Church of England Primary School for a week-long visit.
On June 16 the two schools took part in a mini-Olympics in addition to using the visit as an opportunity to learn about different teaching styles and meal plans.
Sophie Bradford, a year six teacher, said: “We theme every trip and this year’s was the Olympics. We had thirteen German school children with us for a week and they have partner children in year six.
“We have lots of activities we do together, like the children did a film animation and designed a logo for the visit with an artist. They go on some touristy type visits too such as the London Eye.
“Last year’s theme was Wimbledon which was spectacular. It’s all based on building fabulous links with Europe.”
Birgit Naeschke, one of the visiting teachers, said they all “really enjoyed the stay” and learned a lot of differences between the two schools.
She said: “We all really enjoyed the stay. Our pupils worked out many differences between our two schools, for example better ITC supply, more teachers in a class and different meals.”