Broadfield Primary go international

Date published: 07 November 2019

Broadfield Primary School celebrated International Week last week where pupils learnt about 11 different countries and languages.

Pupils at the school can speak over 30 languages and the week of learning gave other pupils a chance to learn more about their friends’ native countries.

The pupils spent the week researching the country, learning about their culture, food, environment and history. They also learnt some basic language skills, and this was showcased in their international café event, where they showed off their new foreign language skills by practicing buying and selling cake and drinks in a café.

Councillor Kieran Heakin, cabinet member for children’s services, spent the afternoon with pupils who were keen to show off their new language skills and the interesting facts they had learnt.

Councillor Heakin said: “I was so impressed with the passion and enthusiasm the pupils showed for learning about other countries. Their language skills were so impressive. It’s great to see schools celebrating diversity and supporting children with learning opportunities about other countries and cultures.”

Parents also got involved in the week, with some coming into lessons to give presentations on the country they come from.

PE classes also had an international flavour, as they learnt new games like Dutch Long Ball, the fun new games were a real hit with pupils.

Dawn Jones, a teacher at Broadfield Primary, said: “We always enjoy our international week at school and we’re proud of all the different countries and cultures our pupils represent.

“The week gives other pupils a great insight and develops some foreign language skills that often stay with them for life. It’s so lovely to see the pride on their faces when they are able to teach their class mates something about their native country.”

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