Well done to everyone for taking part so enthusiastically during the European Languages assembly which marked the start of our Languages Week. Many of the children who speak a different language at home very bravely stood up and said ‘Hello’ to all the other children in their own language. Some children stood at the front and made the sign of the cross in French and German. The children and staff watching them were very impressed!
Our KS2 children then performed the song ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ and learned all the actions too!
On Wednesday 28 September we celebrated European Languages Day. Both the Y2 classes had an introduction to learning French with Madame Livingston. They even managed to perform short role plays with Madame Cotte, who kindly came into school to help in the French classes. Great fun was had by all and they all learned a lot of French in just one lesson.
Some children who speak a different language at home made a special effort to prepare presentations to show to their classmates in school. Other children recorded short videos of themselves saying tongue-twisters in a foreign language. These will be going onto the school website shortly. The children involved really deserve a lot of praise as many of them did not have much time to practise and they were speaking in a language which was not their mother tongue.
Children in all the French classes enjoyed doing a Roald Dahl quiz where they had to match up the translated French titles of his books to the English originals. This was quite tricky and there were a few disagreements which made it more fun! What is the French for ‘The Twits’?!!
Many parents and staff helped by translating the menu of the day into 5 different languages. We had a quiz where all the KS2 staff wore a badge saying ‘Hello’ in their language as well as a flag. All the children in KS2 had to guess which country they came from. Congratulations to Year 4KS who won the competition this year!
We look forward to meeting more parents in different classes who would be prepared to talk to the children about their country and perhaps teach them a few words of their language.
Thank you once again to everyone who threw themselves into making this day such a success once again.
And finally, a very big thank you Madame Livingston for all her hard work in organising the special activities last week!