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Madinat Khalifa Primary Headlines | Week of 7 May

Dear Parents,

We pride ourselves on providing our students a rigorous and innovative curriculum, providing them unique opportunities to apply their new found knowledge and develop their skills. We have celebrated this is a number of ways including: Learning showcases, Exit Point events, student created videos, presentations and animations.

Year 5’s approach to learning about the features of playscripts, in particular the use of stage directions and sound effects, was to focus on radio plays. And what better example of a radio play than ‘The Archers’? Which is the world's longest-running radio soap opera and British Institution.

Through the magic of Twitter, a producer on the show found out about our use of the show and contacted us to find out more. Below is a ‘sneak peek’ of the article which will be published shortly on the BBC website. We will share this link as soon as it is available because it also showcases our Year 5 students’ interpretation of the iconic theme tune!

Enjoy the article and have a wonderful weekend.

Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary

View the blog here: Learning English with The Archers

Hannah Ratcliffe

Assistant Producer, The Archers

Up there with the Royal family, tea and queuing, The Archers is undoubtedly a quintessentially British thing. Last year there was even an academic study into why The Archers is a valuable record of the English language.

Now, two primary school teachers have called on the world's longest-running serial drama to help teach English. Keen to take a fresh approach with their creative writing classes, Mrs Elvin and Mrs Cardiff, introduced their pupils to The Archers.

The children, some of whom had never heard of The Archers, listened to the programme and then had a go at writing their own versions. But the programme provided more than a reliable example of English dialogue. "It also led to great discussions about where The Archers was set and life in the UK as many of our students are unfamiliar with this environment", say the two teachers.

That’s because Mrs Elvin and Mrs Cardiff teach at the Compass International School in Doha which has around 60 nationalities in its cohort of pupils. Head of Primary at the school’s Madinat Khalifa Campus in the Qatari capital, Jimmy Frawley, says, "The children were asked to think about what was happening in the drama and how character intonation and sound effects were used to enhance the telling of the story."

And The Archers’ impact extended beyond the classroom. Jimmy adds, "it ignited interest in parents as well, with interesting conversations at the school gates and the sound of students (and teachers) humming the theme tune on the playground and around school!"

Here’s to a new generation of international Archers listeners!