European Day of Languages 2022
On Friday 23rd September the whole school celebrated European Languages Day.
We began the day with a whole school assembly, finding out about why learning languages are fun and useful. We also really enjoyed hearing how to say hello in lots of the languages that our Ethelbert families speak too. Our yearly flag challenge was brilliant as always - the children are such keen geographers!
Here are the languages that the children told me are spoken at home (as well as English of course!) - Let me know if we missed any!
All children enjoyed a chance to try some new languages and have fun visiting our three different countries on the day. We found out about China, France and Italy. The older children supported our younger children all day as we celebrated multiculturalism, community and worldwide diversity with languages spoken around the world during our whole day dedicated to language learning fun.
In China we had a lot of fun singing and playing games. We learnt how to count to ten, how to greet each other and say how we are feeling in Mandarin. We also played Bingo with our new number vocabulary! The children were amazed that 1.2 billion people worldwide speak Mandarin Chinese.
We learnt so much all about France. We learnt about The Eiffel Tower and even had a competition to build the tallest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows! We learnt about the Tour de France and enjoyed a race around the playground on the trikes! We learnt some animal words and used these to play "Jacques a dit..." - Simon says.
If we came home a little covered in flour it's because we were amazing pizza makers when we visited Italy. We learnt all about Italian food and how to introduce ourselves in Italian.
We tried a wonderful selection of Italian food - pasta, mozzarella, olive oil and bread sticks, Milano salami and olives.
The feedback from the children in this week's Spanish lessons has been wonderful - they said it was fun, memorable and they enjoyed all of the different activities, especially the food tasting!
"I enjoyed all of it!"
"I loved the food tasting so much!"
"I really liked being with other children in the school all day"
"The bike racing was so much fun and very funny!"
"Learning all of the languages and about the countries was brilliant"