The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school pupils about European cultures and the EU through creative activities and projects which complement the national primary curriculum.
The Programme is designed to be as curriculum-friendly as possible so it can fit in with lesson plans already in place. Each class carries out projects suitable for their age group on History; Geography; Culture and Creativity; and Institutions of the EU. While we offer advice and suggestions for projects and activities, teachers have flexibility to be creative and to tailor their Action Plans for the needs of their class. Classes have written and acted out plays; made traditional food from all over Europe; and talked to relatives in other EU countries over Skype, amongst many other creative activities. One class even recreated the painting of the Sistine Chapel by painting the underneath of their classroom desks.
Teachers, parents, carers and the whole school are encouraged to get involved in these projects. In this way, the Blue Star Programme creates awareness of the EU that reaches far beyond the school walls and out into the wider community.
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EM Ireland is the national implementing body for the Blue Star Programme. The Programme is a venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Skills, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.