Skype with Rinku

On Thursday 19th September a small group of students and their families returned to school in the early evening.


To Skype with Rinku and learn about life in India. Rinku is currently located in England, so whilst it was 6pm Friday evening our time, it was only 9am Friday morning for Rinku.

In Term 2 we spent a lot of time reading, researching, watching film clips and wondering about different parts of Asia. However, there is nothing quite like speaking to someone with first hand experience. Rinku knows a lot about living and learning in India because she has lived there and taught at a small rural school in a village called Chembakolli.

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rinku tell us about Chembakolli.  There was a chance for us to ask specific questions and have them answered.  We also showed Rinku an Indian dance we had been practising at school.  Next time we’ll add some music!

You can watch some of our Skype call in the film clip below.



We discovered that some things are quite different for children in Chembakolli:

* They walk to school in groups so they are safer if they come across animals in the forest.  Sometimes monkeys jump on them!

* If they see an elephant they have to climb the nearest tree and wait until it passes

* Their lunch boxes are metal and have a little bowl.  Children might have rice and lentils for lunch.

* Their school is two storeys high and in the old hospital

* Some children have to walk for 30 – 40 minutes to get to school

* The houses don’t have glass in the windows


We also found out that there are some things we have in common:

* We both make Christmas Cards and sell them to raise money for our schools

* Have assembly and children perform dances

* Have similar school hours

* Usually have literacy and numeracy in the morning


Find out more about Chembakolli by reading the slideshow below.  It has been made by the Action Aid team who Rinku works with in England.


Our Skype call was made possible by Skype in the Classroom and the clever people at Action Aid, Vaila and Rinku.  We would like to thank them for giving us an opportunity to talk to someone on the other side of the world.  We would also like to thank our parents who brought us back to school.  Thank you everyone!

Have you ever Skyped with someone in a different country?

What would you do if you saw an elephant on your way to school?

Do you know any facts about India or another part of Asia?

2 thoughts on “Skype with Rinku

  1. Hi UPPS,
    WOW! What a great experience for you to be able to Skype another teacher and learn about school life in another country. You are very committed to return to school at 6pm on the last day of term too.
    On Frole Island, we have Skyped with a teacher in Japan while we were learning about Asia. Yu Sensei taught us some kanji symbols and wrote all of our names in kanji and hiragana and sent them to us!
    We also Skyped with Room 5 in New Zealand a few weeks ago after we hosted Snail & Whale. Some of you would remember them! Shortly after Skyping with Room 5, a large earthquake hit Wellington which is right near where our friends lived. Luckily, everyone was fine.
    Can’t wait to see what Term 4 has in store for all of us!
    Enjoy your holidays.
    Miss Fraser 🙂

    • Hi Miss Fraser,

      It was very exciting speaking to someone who had lived and taught in India. Skype is so amazing – there is no way that we could go on an excursion to India, but by Skyping with Rinku it almost felt like we were in India. She played different animal sounds for us as we ‘walked’ to school and showed us objects too.

      It would have been great talking to Yu Sensei through Skype and wonderful to have all your names written in Kanji.

      I can’t imagine teaching (and learning!) without Skype. Technology certainly flattens our classroom walls! You get to meet terrific people through Skype 🙂

      Hope you are enjoying your holidays. I too wonder what Term 4 has in store for us all!!!

      Miss Crowther 🙂

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