Well done to the boys for really going to town this year with their costumes for this celebration of languages from all over the world.
In celebration of
European Day of Languages, some generous parents led some workshops for the
Mrs Babcock, who led the German workshop attended
by boys in years 7 and 8, taught them how to introduce themselves and ask each
other’s names and where they come from. She went on and worked on their
pronunciation skills and talked about famous German brands. The boys wanted to
found out what was the general reaction of the German public and how they felt when
they were knocked out of the World Cup by Korea.
Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 attended a Russian workshop led by Mrs Kotoreva. Boys were
told about the main cities of Russia, Moscow, Sochi, Rostov on Don etc. including the 11 main cities where the 2018 football World Cup took place. The
boys were asked to read the names of the cities beforehand. The boys were shown Russian dolls called Matreshki. It was created in the 15th century. They played
music using decorated wooden spoons. Their Maths skills were tested through the
Rubbles currency and coins.
Year 6 and 7 attended a Turkish workshop led by Mr Takmak. Boys looked into the
history of the country. Mr Takmak touched on the neighboring countries around
Turkey (Bulgaria, Greece, Syria, Iraq among others). Istanbul is the largest
city in Turkey. The most famous Turk is Mustafa Kamal also known as Ataturk
(Father of the Turks). Many famous ethnic foods include kebab and Lokum (Turkish
Year 6 and 8 learned Portuguese led by Mr Shekiluwa-Cardoso. The boys were shown
where the football player Ronaldo is from in Portugal (the island of Madeira), and learned the links between French, Portuguese and Spanish languages as sister languages.
The boys were introduced to some Portuguese sounds and the relationship between
the sounds across the sister languages as well as how the gender differences
At break, French Crêpes (pancakes) were made for all the boys in school by
Madame Langue, ably assisted by Mr. Shires.