Sunderland pupils tuck into a new language

Hudson Road Primary school teacher Andrew Churm and pupils, from left.; Mahmuda Chowdrey 10, Shumon Rahman 10, Yousuff Ahmed 11, and Abbie Cheal 10, enjoy a tapas tasting session during their visit to Southmoor School for a European themed day.
Hudson Road Primary school teacher Andrew Churm and pupils, from left.; Mahmuda Chowdrey 10, Shumon Rahman 10, Yousuff Ahmed 11, and Abbie Cheal 10, enjoy a tapas tasting session during their visit to Southmoor School for a European themed day.
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YOUNGSTERS at a city school had a taste of life overseas with a special day.

Pupils from primary schools in the city were invited along to Southmoor School for a European Day of Languages, introducing them to other cultures and countries.

More than 200 primary youngsters took part in the event at the Ryhope Road school, which was a really busy day, but lots of fun for everyone.

The day was sponsored by Europe Direct North East, which provided funding for a lot of the activities, such as food, flags and photocopying.

Julia Rowe, Southmoor’s head of modern foreign languages organised the event and co-ordinated the activities, which included children watching a pantomime in French, taking part in Italian artwork, playing boules, tasting foreign foods and an introduction to German.

The children also enjoyed listening to music from other countries and taking part in Salsa dancing, as well as a number of other activities.

Dr Phil Ingram, headteacher at Southmoor School, started off the languages day with a welcome message to the staff and students from the primary schools and activities went on throughout the morning.

Mrs Rowe said: “The whole thing went really well and I think the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, taking part in all the events throughout the day.

“The reasons for having the day were to build up the relationships with the feeder primary schools in our area and to give the younger primary children an experience of not just French, which some do in primary school, but to open their eyes to the rest of Europe, giving them an insight into diffent cultures.”

The languages teacher said the day was all about celebrating European Day of Languages and having fun at the same time as well.