28th April 2000 at 01:00
(Photograph) - A week in the life of Bodiam CE primary school, Robertsbridge, East Sussex.

This primary in East Sussex has a three-year partnership project which brings it into contact with the rest of Europe. "Water, past, present and future" is the theme which links it with schools in France, Spain Hungary and Finland. The water project in Bodiam has included four workshops led by a Unicef representative. People from all the partner schools met in Benicarlo, Spain, last autumn to plan their programme, which extends beyond the water project. It included, for instance, Bodiam teacher Valerie Richardson teaching English country dances to children in Oulu, Finland. Pupils are also learning about each other's countries and are making videos to send to each other. Bodiam holds a European week ach half-term. The subjects of the most recent have been food and Christmas. The school has also taken its work out into the community and put on an exhibition at Lewes Corn Exchange, where the pupils sang French songs and put on a play, le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood). This October, Bodiam will play host to the other schools when they meet to plan next year's work.

Happy eaters: a sampling session during European bread tasting day. Father Christmas's little helpers or tontes in Finnish. Mmmm: tasting gazpacho in Bodiam. Ilana Leone from Lecce, Italy, with pupils at the Millennium Dome, is working at Bodiam for six months. A river journey on a raft led by Linda and Clare. Dressed as St Lucia girls, Bodiam pupils stage a Swedish Christmas

Snaps by the staff

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