Welcome back to a new exciting year of language learning. As well as teaching French throughout the juniors, I will also be teaching some French in Year One and Two. To help the children foster an enjoyment of languages at an early age, I will be choosing a child each week to take home 'Bonjour Bear.' Bonjour Bear will have a bag of French stories and books, and also a book with links to different songs on Youtube for you to listen to at home. If your child is chosen to bring Bonjour Bear home, please take some time to look through the books and listen to some of the songs.
If you would like to support your child with their language learning at home, the BBC Bitesize website has a wide range of resources, games, film clips and songs to look at. Here is the link:
If you child enjoys learning independently using their tablet, I can highly recommend both Duolingo and Babbel as apps to try out at home.
We will be celebrating the European day of Languages on Wednesday 25th September, when we will be focusing on how languages help us to communicate and make friends. We will be focusing on a story called 'All are welcome here ' which celebrates diversity in schools. We will be thinking about how hard it is for children who are refugees who have language barriers, and how we can communicate with people even if we don't speak the same language. Having hosted a large group of Chinese students for the last 3 years, we hope that Highfields is a welcoming school for everyone who visits.
I am looking forward to a great year at Highfields. As always, if you have any questions about languages at school, please feel free to contact me. If you speak another language at home, and would be interested in coming to speak to your child's class (and maybe reading them a story in another language!) I would absolutely love to chat to you about this.