Our whole school development of spoken English language is a key focus for us, however with over 23 nationalities in our school we also place high importance on the development of our students’ first language.
First language, mother tongue or home language is the language spoken at home before a child begins school. Research shows that having a strong foundation in a first language makes acquiring a second easier. Children who have a solid foundation in their mother tongue, develop better literacy skills in other languages that they subsequently learn. It is important therefore, that as parents we spend time talking, reading and developing the first language of our children because as research shows bilingual learners’ brains are more flexible -- they store two languages simultaneously. Evidence also now shows that bilingual learners are overall better in academic performance than monolingual learners.
So how can you help at home?
- Speak in your first language! You are the best model for your child to develop strong vocabulary, proper grammar, and natural communication skills. If one parent’s first language is English, then speak English to your child whilst the other parent speaks his/her first language so that both languages are being developed equally
- Sing songs, tell stories and share books in your first language
- Watch TV or movies in your first language and talk about them
- Talk together in your first language at meal times, family outings, and family celebrations
- Stay in touch with family and friends by talking together on Skype or writing emails
- Read first language books and encourage writing in the first language
Students in 4B entertained and educated us all about the Volcano topic that they have been learning this term. From art to technology and story writing to DT the links and connections made ensure that the students have a deeper understanding and they definitely showcased that today. I know that when parents come in to see the Phase 2 exhibition at the end of this half term they will be in for a real treat!
Hy Vong Visit to 6I
On Tuesday morning, 6I were excited to greet students from Hy Vong School and play games they had prepared in advance. The morning was a great success – all of the children took part in a variety of different activities, having fun and communicating not only with their voices but also with their body language and facial expressions. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to seeing them again later in the year!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
Head of Primary
Congratulations to our fine diners this week:
- Sun Woo 5I
- Ellie 5S
- Ji Soo 5S
- Do Yeon 5S
- Sasha 6I
- Kate 6I
- Ba Siu 6H
- Tri Anh 6I