Blue Planet Connections

In the first half of the school year, our global collaborations haven’t just continued—they’ve expanded. While students in our 4th and 5th grade students are engaging with students in Malawi and our 2nd grade students recently wrapped up a collaboration with a school in Morocco, students in our afterschool program are also getting a chance to work with students overseas.

This project is part of our “Arts Out of School” program, supported in-part by state funding. Over a ten-week period, our students are working with teaching artist Aaliyah Franklin to learn about U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14— Life Below Water. They have been learning about topics like recycling, conservation, microplastics, habitats, and marine animals through songwriting, singing, and digital media.

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Whitnash, United Kingdom, their students have been learning about the same topics. On December 5th, our schools connected for the first time via video call. This allowed students to ask each other questions and learn more about life in another country. On the call, students from The Foundations School shared their progress on the song they are writing about SDG 14.

The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to create a music video featuring students from both schools. Students will also produce a digital “album cover” and create visual art that shows what they know about the issues and proposes solutions. The collaboration ends with a sharing event for parents and students on December 21st.

Blue Planet, which falls under the CCE umbrella, fosters global classroom-to-classroom collaborations that allow students to learn about life in other countries while partnering on a creative project that furthers their academic knowledge. Students at The Foundations School have been able to connect with students from countries like Spain, Morocco, India, Vietnam, and more. You can learn more about Blue Planet here. To learn more about how you can enroll your child at The Foundations School, click here.