Friday 6th February
The week has flown by and we can't believe it is our last day in Kolkata, India. We had an early start as we had lots to do today. First we went to a Winter Festival which showcased children's hard work and talents. Their theme was 'global village' and they had learnt all about different countries and their culture. Then we travelled to an academy and looked around their school. The class sizes were like us, no more than 30 and they used similar teaching to us, group work and setting challenges. After we spent some time sight-seeing. We went to the home of Mother Teresa, visited a Hindu temple and saw the famous Eden Park Indian cricket stadium. We have had a 'once in a life time experience' and have had some memorable moments but we are both looking forward to coming back and sharing all that we had seen with everybody!
Thursday 5th February
Today we went to a private school which taught primary and high school children. We spent time watching children learn maths and do things in a similar way to how we learn in school. They worked in groups, sang songs and used interactive whiteboards. Afterwards we spent time talking to the teachers and showing them maths games and activities we do in school. They loved the story book '1 is a snail!'
Then we travelled to Salt City to visit a little house where young students learn how to become teachers. It was very small and only had a few rooms. All the Sydney's made their own resources and computers weren't really used to help them teach.
Wednesday 4th February
It was a busy day today, up early and off to visit another school. We met some lovely children who greeted us with handmade cards and flowers. They showed us around their tiny school, showing us small classrooms that had up to 70 children in them! The children talked to us about maths and they were good at reciting facts and recalling their times tables, we were impressed! Then we travelled to Kolkata's National Book Fair where we were the key speakers for part of the conference. We spoke to parents, teachers and children about how we teach maths in our school. We showed them the problem solving activities we do and played a game from the NRich website. Afterwards we headed into the city for a traditional Indian meal...it was very tasty.
Monday 2nd February
We visited an international school where pupils pay fees to attend, some were residential which meant they lived there too. We watched different maths lessons and were impressed with what the children knew. We had a tour of the school and found out that they had their own basketball court, football pitch and Olympic sized swimming pool. They served us an Italian feast for lunch and met the school teachers who wanted to hear all about what we do in school with you! They enjoyed hearing all about the problem solving activities and thinking you do!