We are 2016 / Wir sind 2016!

What does it mean to be a young person in Germany or the UK in 2016? History, identity, culture - looking at everyday life and how has this changed through time

Who: FLA Ambassador Verena and ELA Ambassador Bethan & City of London Freemen's School and Hannah-Arendt-Gymnasium

Participants: Different years across school (UK) and 10. Klasse (Germany)

The project Wir sind 2016 was a cross-curricular project dealing with the question “What does it mean to be a young person in Germany or the UK in 2016?“ The topics and ideas came from the students themselves and covered several different topics to do with everyday life and identity in both countries, such as history, sport, art, music and food.

Students wrote and sent each other e.g. questionnaires to investigate what British / German life is like for ‘generation Z’ (looking also at: usage of technology, time spent indoors/outdoors, clothing etc.). The aim was also to find out how this differs from their parents’ experience of life in the year 2000 and whether parents noticed any changes over time.

The results were analysed and presented in form of a blog on eTwinning and eventually in form of a project book for each school.

We allocated 2-3 weeks for each sub-topic so we had a few weeks spare at the end of the year to produce the book to show our pupils what they’ve learnt, including how their expectations have changed and what they have enjoyed most.