Flor Irod, Erasmus+ Project Leader

Diana Sinisterra,Primary and Art&Design Teacher

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. There are different programs that allow teachers to create projects, share ideas, learn together with one goal in mind: broaden their students` horizons. As Primary teachers, we consider an honour to have been given the opportunity to take part in this kind of actions. 

Julio Verne School leads the project called 4LIFE (For Literacy and Inclusion through Fun and Edutainment) together with other five partner schools and is part of one of the most exciting learning communities. This partnership will bring together expertise in different fields and adapt the new methodologies in the students` behalf. The key outcome is the development of inclusion in the classroom through reading and writing skills and reinforce the soft skills so necessary for the 21st century.  

Our first adventure took us to Turkey, specifically to Yusuf Savas IIkokulu School, a pre-primary and primary school that is situated in a seaside town called Darıca. Yusuf Savaş is a Primary School which participates in international projects to develop foreign languages, reading and writing and global skills of their pupils.  

This first learning activity hosted 11 teachers from Croatia, Italy, Greece, Northern Ireland and Spain for one week. We witnessed a range of activities that allowed the participation of all the children within the class and follow up activities that allowed students to develop their creativity at an individual level. The methods ranged from drama and dubbing to cooperative learning and the buddy method. For detailed information related to each activity please visit the project website:  


Each guest country shared a story and a booklet with basic expressions in their language and shared part of their traditions. 

We chose the story “The Colour Monster” written by Anna Llenas. This story helps children to understand the importance of feelings, how to identify and express a wide range of emotions: anger, happiness, sadness, fear. Learning about feelings and emotions is part of developing positive self-esteem and better relationships with others. 

Children who are able to name and understand their own feelings are better at handling the ups and downs of childhood.  As teachers, we have to create in our classrooms, a safe atmosphere, a place where they can feel motivated and secure to express their emotions and feelings, always with love, respect and kindness. 

We were immersed in the Turkish culture through puppet shows, pantomime and games. Now it is our turn to apply the new methodologies in our school. Follow us on social media to find out more about it.