The purpose was to provide a meaningful language environment in which the pupils would do ‘real’ language activities. Students worked on the bag that they bought, or in groups with others who bought bags, to ensure all were involved.
Students learned vocabulary for toys to buy for the bag and went on to Taobao to find the toys and their prices. Students in some of the beginner’s classes learned how to buy and bargain for the toys in a shop.
They also wrote messages in Chinese and many did a poster or picture to include in the bag to brighten up the room for the migrant child they were sending the bag.
In the native class, students researched key Chinese policies (eg hukou system) to help understand issues related to migration and why the migrant children are in special schools. They presented their findings to pupils in the non-native classes and provided some advice on what to write in then notes. They also watched a film on the plight of rural children and analysed the film.
Overall, we were very proud of how the students engaged with the project and were very impressed by the quality of the letters and posters produced at all levels.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our school community who helped and supported this year’s Giving Tree Appeal. We have reached our target of 620 bags and if you still have a bag at home, please return the filled bag as soon as possible or by next Wednesday at the latest.
Fiona McConnon, Head of Global Langauges