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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Bonjour to languages day

SCHOOL pupils have gone around the world in a day with language lessons at St Bees School.

By Lucy Grosvenor

Children from St Begh’s, Waberthwaite, Gosforth, Jericho and St Bees Village learnt about different languages, experiencing mini classes in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Latin and Chinese.

They learnt the French equivalent to the song Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and sampled Chinese cuisine.

The younger pupils, mostly from Year 5, also dressed up in Roman togas, described the weather and different sports in varying languages.

From next year, it will be compulsory for primary schools to teach a language to pupils.

Cathy Mouger, head of modern foreign languages at St Bees, said: “It is so important to get children engaged in languages at a young age. Today was not about specifics languages but developing an appreciation of other cultures.”

St Begh’s head, Katherine Mallard, said: “This is a very exciting day for our pupils. We already teach French at school so it’s great to see the children transferring the skills they have learnt and tackling new languages.”

St Bees’ third-year pupils gave the language lessons to 60 children from schools across Copeland.

Language teacher Lauren Gray said: “This is a great way to enrich the curriculum.”

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