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Junior Language Challenge Finalist!

Many congratulations to the children in Middle IV who took part in the Yorkshire semi-final of The Junior Language Challenge, held in Leeds on September 15th.  They had put in a lot of time, practising computer games in Japanese, and all acquitted themselves well and made us proud.

We are particularly thrilled that one young man, squeezing past some of his classmates in the final heat, has made it through to the national final of the competition. What a wonderful achievement!

The language now changes for a third time, and our Gleddings finalist is now busy learning Zulu in preparation for extremely stiff competition in the final, which takes place at The Languages Show in London on October 13th.  We all wish him the very best of luck!

The European Day of Languages

We enjoyed our annual celebration of The European Day of Languages on Tuesday 26th September. Along with communities throughout the whole of Europe, we celebrated the richness of linguistic diversity across the globe.

Our day started with a special assembly during which the children sang a version of ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ in both French and Spanish.  They learned that even the animals speak different languages in different countries!

Chef Lizzie had made wonderful farmyard animal biscuits for morning snack, so the children were able to practise their foreign language animal noises before eating them!

Lower One children were thinking about lots of different countries when they made their amazing flags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the day, children worked on passport and language booklets, learning lots of information about the countries of Europe. Clearly, they have a great curiosity to learn about the world beyond our shores!

Form 2 French – Have-a-go heroes

Form 2 children are enjoying their first French lessons. They know that it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes when you are learning foreign languages, and they are getting used to taking a risk and being ‘have a go’ heroes!

 

Junior Language Challenge

Many congratulations to the six pupils in Lower IV who have made it through to the regional semi-final stage of the national primary language competition, the Junior Language Challenge.

The children notched up high scores as they played computer games in French in the first round of the competition. The language now changes, and the children will have to draw on all their skills of perseverance as they try to get to grips with vocabulary and phrases in Japanese.

We wish them the very best of luck as they prepare for the semi- final in October.

 

La Semaine de Berthe

On Thursday , Form III children entertained their families with a musical production, entirely in French, entitled ‘La Semaine de Berthe’. It told the story of a very unusual witch with a very busy schedule, including disco dancing and playing rugby!

 

 

 

 

You can watch the play here.

Lower IV French

April Fools’ Day (le premier avril) had to be celebrated a day early this year because it falls on Saturday. Like children in France, Lower IV children enjoyed trying to pin paper fish onto the backs of unsuspecting friends and teachers. Upon discovery, they shouted ‘Poisson d’avril!’

 

Shipwrecked en France

On Thursday 2nd February, the children in Upper and Middle IV were treated to a performance of ‘Shipwrecked en France’ by French theatre company, Onatti.

English schoolboy, Tyler Evans, on holiday in France, did not expect the tide to blow his small dinghy quite so far along the coast. It was a very long way back to his hotel, along the beach, and he met many French people and had countless mini adventures along the way. Both he, and our young audience, knew a lot more French by the time he got back. They had also had a lot of fun!

La Fête des Rois

Following the tradition of French families, Middle IV children are celebrating the Epiphany Fête des Rois, remembering the kings who brought gifts to the stable.

The lucky children who found the ‘fèves’ in their piece of the crown-shaped cake, were crowned as kings and given permission to issue orders to their classmates for the day.

 

Special delivery from twin school in France

Form III children were delighted to receive an exciting parcel, containing a beautiful Advent calendar, from our partner school in Meyzieu, near Lyon.

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Middle IV French

In their French lessons, Middle IV children are learning to talk about their families.

For some children, it takes courage to leave their comfort zone and dressup to perform in role play.

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