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International Week of Languages

We celebrated the diversity of cultures and languages and their uniqueness during last week's International Week of Languages. 

On Tuesday morning, the students first had an opportunity to learn about cultural gestures and unique words in different languages during their tutor time.

Throughout the week, a range of activities were offered to students at lunch time. A number of KS3 and KS4 students delivered language workshops to their peers: Russian, Urdu, Arabic and Sign language were on offer. There was a real buzz in the MFL corridor as pupils were coming out of the sessions and shared their learning with friends.

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Pupils have also also enjoyed a twist to their usual MFL lessons. To celebrate International Week, special lessons covering different language-related themes were delivered.  In Y7 Spanish, pupils have looked at untranslatable words and have created their own unique words and other year groups have learned basic flamenco. In French, KS4 pupils have studied creole and made links with French. In Y8 pupils have looked at ‘verlan’ - a language specific to the suburbs of Paris.  In Mandarin, pupils have worked with typical idiomatic expressions and in Bahasa next week, KS3 pupils will be translating our school values into Bahasa Malaysian and creating button badges that display the values.

1On Wednesday and Friday, we hosted two Big Language Quizzes, first for KS3 then for KS4. Well done to the Romans and Vikings who were joint-winners on Wednesday and to the Saxons who won on Friday. On Thursday, Ms Kelly delivered a samba workshop to a handful of pupils who are excited about performing their samba piece in secondary early next week.

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The week ended with an international themed lunch where pupils had the opportunity to taste dishes from England, Hungary, Italy, France, Sweden and Greece and many of our students and teachers dressed in traditional clothing of their home country. Such a busy, but exciting week, I am sure you will agree.