Friday 1st March 2019
The Plym Hub languages leaders worked together to organise and hold a very successful celebration of Languages on Friday 1st March. The idea for this fun morning came about during our termly Plym MFL meeting, where we decided to develop the transition from primary to secondary education, with students and languages within our Plym Hub group.
Coombe Dean School hosted this event, and throughout the morning, four fabulous language learning workshops were successfully run by Year 8 and Year 9 students, teachers and Language Assistants from both Coombe Dean and Plymstock Schools. The workshops ran in carousel, to allow all pupils from each primary school to attend every session. The Year 5 and 6 pupils participating in these languages experiences were from The Plym-Hub primaries; Dunstone, Oreston, Sherford and Wembury primary schools.
Nicky Baker from Plymstock School, ran a Japanese session – with pupils from Year 9. During these sessions, the Key Stage 2 pupils were taught about Japanese culture, how to introduce themselves in Japanese, some Japanese calligraphy and had a chance to make an origami jumping frog! They were delighted to have the opportunity to learn some Japanese, and it was a great taster for them – especially on the day they found out which secondary schools they would be attending in September!
The following sessions were organised by the MFL department at Coombe Dean:
There was a German session; ‘Die Kleine Raupe Nimmersatt’ (‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’), which was read to the Key Stage 2 pupils by very engaging and confident Coombe Dean Year 8 students. They were very ably and enthusiastically supported by a Foreign Language Assistant from the department. The Key Stage 2 pupils came away knowing some new words in German, including days of the week and food items.
There was also a Spanish Workshop run by another enthusiastic Foreign Language Assistant, and Year 8 students from Coombe Dean school. Fun games involving animals and colours in Spanish, including ‘Splat!’ were enjoyed by the children . There were also opportunities to listen to and discuss Spanish Flamenco music. Finally, there was a taster of French – where some confident Year 8 students delivered and taught some French songs, and key French vocabulary – alongside another fantastic Language Assistant.
It was delightful to see the enthusiasm for languages from younger and older students across all of the Plym Hub schools. It felt like a successful experience for everyone involved, and left all of the children and staff buzzing about language learning. It was a brilliant opportunity as a transition experience for the Key Stage 2 pupils, and the team are looking forward to working together and planning more events in the future!
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