Saturday, 19 July 2014

What a way to end the year: Flexi Day 2014

We ended 2013/14 with a whole-school Flexi day where all KS3 students worked in vertical groups on the theme of commemoration. We offered two workshops in languages: "In Flanders fields" students learned about the history of the poppy tradition and created a field of poppies with words such as friendship, love and hope written in different languages on the poppy stems. In "Sadako and the 1000 cranes" we looked at the story of Sadako, a young girl who survived Hiroshima but later died of leukemia. She folded over a 1000 origami cranes to get a wish granted from the gods and this is now a symbol of peace and hope. We were particularly privileged to work with trainee teachers from Hiroshima who helped our students during the Origami workshops.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Hiroshima Teacher Trainees @ THW

We've had the privilege again of working with 15 enthusiastic and inspiring trainee teachers from Hiroshima via Warwick University again. The 10 week teaching programme culminated in a carousel-style morning of cultural and language-related activities: ありがとう!

Our Young Language Leaders 2014 in action

Teaching our Year 7s about recycled fashion styles, pets, Schultüten ...!

Year 7 Restaurant role plays

Here are some of our highly creative restaurant role plays - well done Y7s!

Final Languages Club of the Year

Thank you to the Year 8 Languages Forum girls who ran Languages Club this year! We played the year out with a Flamenco taster:

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Los bizcochos

Our Year 8s have been busy baking bizcochos(traditional yogurt cakes) in their Spanish lesson - Sabrosísimo!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Normandy 2014

Primary French Morning with St John's Year 5

About 30 Year 5 students from St. John's Primary School worked with 30 of our Year 7 students on the topic of "Exploration and Storytelling". They were taught by our Year 9 Young Language Leaders and other enthusiastic Year 9 students and created a range of amazing online picture books using See their results here!