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Newsletter - Autumn 2014

UK-German Connection newsletter - autumn 2014

Commemorating World War I, inspirational Youth Ambassador activities, St Martin’s Day ideas and more...

The days are getting darker but our autumn edition is full of ideas and inspiration to brighten up those longer nights. Here’s what you will find in this edition:

  • All about our revamped website
  • Fascinating WWI projects and funding opportunities
  • What our new UK-German Youth Ambassadors are planning for this year
  • St. Martin’s Day resources and games to try out with your class
  • Double Club German : Using football to learn German
  • A sneak peek at International Education Week

New website

Our Professionals & Parents website has been revamped! On our website, you will find a whole host of funding opportunities for joint projects between schools in the UK and Germany, as well as programmes in Germany for both pupils and teachers and lots of interesting resources to use with your classes.

Want to set up a project but stuck for ideas? Have a look at our showcase section and become inspired by the thematic projects undertaken by schools. Each project contains top tips for schools and pupil perspectives on their activities. Keep an eye out for interesting projects coming up as we add new examples to the showcase.


WWI projects and funding

We are very excited to be able to offer new flexible funding for WWI-related projects for young people in the UK and Germany. Grants between £500 and £5000 are available for both virtual projects and those including mobility, depending on the scale. To find out a little bit more about this new opportunity and download an application form, take a look at the WWI projects page on our website:


Thinking of undertaking a WWI project with your pupils? On our WWI projects page, you can get inspiration for your own classroom activities from the memorial project created by pupils from two schools and a thematic poetry project that took place on one of our German Pupil Courses in Alfeld. Whilst you’re there, why not take a look at the British Council’s resource pack for pupils learning about the Christmas Truce that took place in 1914?

News from the networks

Our new cohort of UK-German Youth Ambassadors met each other at the introductory seminar in London last weekend. The 2014-15 network, consisting of 50 young people from the UK and Germany, planned a range of creative projects with others in the network to enthuse pupils and the wider community for the culture of the other country and to bring other young people together. We are really looking forward to seeing these fantastic projects develop!

To take a look at some of our previous Youth Ambassador projects, head to the community pages: http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/ya-community

Watch this space as this year’s cohort update us on their projects and tell you a little bit more about themselves!

voyage kids - St Martin's Day special

St. Martin's Day is fast approaching (11 November), and children throughout Germany are looking forward to making lanterns and singing songs at a traditional St. Martin's Day procession. Why not teach your pupils about these fascinating German customs with the voyage kids St. Martin's Day Special?

  • Find out - Teach your pupils how kids celebrate St. Martin's Day in Germany.
  • St. Martin's Day memory game. How quickly can your pupils find the pairs?
  • Basteln - Make a colourful St. Martin's Day lantern.
  • Laterne, Laterne & Ich geh' mit meiner Laterne songs – sing along with your pupils! (featuring recordings from UK primary schools)


Double Club German

With Germany as the current winners of the World Cup, now has never been a better time to kick-start a programme combining football and learning German! Double Club German is an award-winning educational programme for primary and secondary pupils using Arsenal FC to show pupils that language learning can be fun! Teachers have access to a range of recently updated resources, including detailed, step-for-step teachers' notes, interactive PowerPoint presentations and a brand-new, bright and colourful pupils' workbook.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Steve Eadon, Double Club Languages Coordinator at languages@arsenal.co.uk - expressions of interest will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: if organising Double Club German sessions as an after-school activity is not feasible at your school, it can also be run as an activity in lessons or during the lunch-hour.

For more information on the Double Club Languages programme, please visit www.arsenaldoubleclub.co.uk

Double Club German is a project developed and run in partnership between Arsenal FC, the Goethe-Institut London and UK-German Connection

Coming soon ...

This year, International Education Week (17 - 21 November) is promoting the benefits of international experience for young people. To celebrate this event, we will be featuring a new page on our website - keep your eyes peeled!