Grammar pupils’ passport to language learning

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Senior students at Wisbech Grammar School have been passing on their love of languages to younger pupils.

In an intensive 90-minute session upper sixth formers ran the modern languages event as part of their Language Leaders qualification, a scheme which enables senior students to learn the basics of teaching communication skills to younger children. Enthusiastic pupils from year ten also came along to help.

The 37 year five boys and girls from the preparatory school, Magdalene House, who took part, developed a taste for French cafe life, ordering croissants and jus d’orange in French and paying with plastic euros.

They also enjoyed a target game to revise colours, a treasure hunt, a ‘guess the animal’ blindfold game, tongue twisters and a ‘pin the body part’ game. Each completed activity earned pupils a stamp on their loyalty card, which they could then redeem for a reward.

Upper sixth form Language Leader Amy-Hope Steele said: “It was a brilliant event and it was great to see young children using their languages and having fun.”

Head of French Mrs Noemie Neighbour said: “We are very pleased with this event and are planning to run it again and invite other primary school pupils in the area.

“All pupils had a fantastic time and enjoyed all the games, which enabled them to practise their French and Spanish in a relaxed and exciting atmosphere.

“Moreover, it gave our older students the skills needed to plan and run a successful event for young children, and helped created links between our older and younger pupils.”