This week we began a politics group collaboration with the Baldwin School, Philadelphia, USA. Before our first Zoom meeting we made and sent videos introducing ourselves and our political systems. Then on Wednesday, we merged classrooms across the Atlantic to discuss the similarities and differences and the relative strength of our democracies.
It was fantastic to put all our lockdown skills of video conferencing into use and to see the girls chatting animatedly to their contemporaries in the USA. This gave our students the opportunity to make connections and gain insight into American politics. They were also challenged to explain our own uncodified system including the role of the monarchy and House of Lords – all of which bemused the Baldwin students! We will be following up with a weekly exchange of political news with transatlantic pen-pals.
Everyone is looking forward to our next Zoom in which we will discuss the outcome of the US presidential election.