Sunday, 30 September 2012

French Breakfast 28th September 2012

Our final event to mark European Day of Languages last week was our regular French Breakfast on Friday morning. Despite all the rain in recent weeks, the weather held and we had lots of customers for our croissants and pains au chocolat. Another big merci to Mrs Groom and her team for looking after everyone so well, and to all the parents and children who supported the languages department by coming. The proceeds will, as usual, help subsidise future French trips.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

European Day of Languages

We celebrated the European day of Languages a day early today when Andrea, mother to Benito and Celina, came to visit Form 1 and Form 2. Rather than their usual French lesson, the children practised greeting each other in Spanish and learnt to count to ten, having watched and listened to La Gallina Turuleca, a lively song about a hen who lays her eggs all over the house but never in her nest. The children all enjoyed the new language, were very keen to join in with the singing and counting and we'd all like to thank Andrea for coming in to help us celebrate languages. Muchas gracias!

Here is the video the children watched. See if you can spot the Spanish numbers!

The older children had their first ever German lesson, where we practised greeting each other and counting to twelve. As well as watching the number video below, we also sang Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken. You can listen to this below too!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

European Day of Languages 2012

This coming Wednesday (26th September) is the European Day of Languages. This is a day to celebrate the many languages spoken in countries all over the world.

To celebrate this day at Spring Grove, rather than having their usual French lesson, Form 1 and 2 will be having a special Spanish taster lesson on Tuesday morning with Mrs Diaz Razul, and Preps 3-6 will be learning some German during the course of the week. We will finish the week on Friday morning with our first French Breakfast of the year.

Have a look at this song. How many languages can you recognise? Why don't you try answering the register in as many different languages as you can this week? This poster can help you pronounce the word for hello in lots of different languages.

Here are some more things to do this week:

Have a look at this BBC languages site where you can learn basic words in lots of European Languages.

Play the Let's Explore Europe Game on your own or with some friends.

Can you recognise European countries by their shape? Have a go at putting the falling countries into the right position by playing this Europe Map Match Game.

How well do you know the flags of Europe? Have a go at this Flag Dropper Quiz to find out.

You could watch this video featuring European flags before you try it!

Prep 5 and Prep 6 might like to try this trickier Council of Europe Quiz to test their knowledge on European Languages. How much can you score?

Little ones could explore the CBeebies Lingo Show website and learn some new words.

Have fun!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Prep 4: Les Pays Francophones

Prep 4 will be learning about some places where French is spoken in the next week or two. How many places do you recognise?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Boucle d'Or

Here is a very silly version of the story of Boucle d'Or et les Trois Ours. I think you will guess what story it is if you watch it!