Celebrating Primary Languages

On 9th July, some children from Year 4 were invited to Beamish Hall Hotel to participate in the ‘Celebrating Primary Languages’ event.  The children took part in a variety of activities during the day, as well as presenting a drama based on the description work they have been completing in their French lessons.

They took part in ‘Le francais actif’ workshop, where they had lots of fun being active, but with the instructions being given in French.  It was a great opportunity for the children to practise and learn new verbs, in addition to practising their numbers.  They enjoyed working with other schools, being active whilst developing their listening and understanding skills in French.

The children also presented a short drama activity where one of the children had lost their cat and the two detectives were using people’s descriptions to help to find the owner.  The children performed with such confidence, describing themselves and each other to help reunite the lost cat with their owner.  Well done!

Foundation children had also learnt two songs in French – ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.  Mrs Bissell presented the recordings of the children singing the songs to the group during the event, showing how language can be a part of a child’s school education right from the beginning.

In the afternoon, the children worked with ‘Lingotots’ and children from other schools to put on a performance of ‘Little Red Hen’ in French, complete with actions.

It was a very busy day, but the children enjoyed practising their French, developing their language skills with children from other schools and thinking about the importance of learning languages in primary schools.