When MAT FRe pupils illustrate the history of the European Union

On 11.24.20 at 10: 11 in
Nursery & Primary – Berkendael

During the 2019-2020 school year, 2nd year MAT FRe pupils (M2) discovered the history of the European Union.

With the help of their teacher, Mathieu Girot, they listed their questions:

  • Why is our school “European”?
  • How is it different from other schools in Belgium or Europe?
  • What is the history of the European Union?
  • Why do countries “join hands” and live in peace?
  • What are the symbols common to all European countries? The European anthem? Our common flag? …

To find answers to their questions, the pupils met the Deputy Director of the EEB1 -Berkendael site, Mr. Longo.

They read children’s information books on the European Union.

They also met a French Member of the European Parliament.

Finally, they discovered and shared traditional festivals from the school’s other countries.

With the information gathered, the pupils illustrated the history of the European Union.

  -> EU book

This one-year school project comes to life with the help of the school’s management.

The students’ book is finalized, in digital format.

A hard copy is printed for the class’s students and the school’s library.


This 2020-2021 school year, new M2 pupils enrich their knowledge and understanding of the European Union.

At the start of the year, the pupils thereby discovered a Belgian particularity, present in the world of comics: onomatopoeia.

These are the noises and the sounds that are written in the stories.

There was also a discovery for the pupils thanks to the support of the parents of the class of 10 different mother tongues and of the Spanish and English-speaking kindergarten pupils: onomatopoeias are different depending on the language!

Thus, if the rooster that sings “cocorico” in French; he sings “cock-a-doodle Doo” in English, “pijetao-crtač Doo” in Croatian,…

An onomatopoeia hunt that allows you to understand the linguistic richness of the European Union, to situate the countries in relation to each other, to meet other classes of the school.

Work continues to complete the information part of the book started last year and to become the “enlightened” European citizens of tomorrow.