Sunderland schoolchildren mind their languages

Youngsters at Richard Avenue Primary enjoy a fun languages event at Thornhill School.
Youngsters at Richard Avenue Primary enjoy a fun languages event at Thornhill School.
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YOUNGSTERS at city primary schools had a fun-filled day learning about other languages.

Thornhill School, on Sunderland’s Thornholme Road, invited children along from four Wearside primaries, Richard Avenue, Diamond Hall Junior, Hudson Road and Barnes Junior, to take part in the special event to coincide with European Day of Languages.

Youngsters from Richard Avenue Primary enjoy a fun languages day at Thornhill School.

Youngsters from Richard Avenue Primary enjoy a fun languages day at Thornhill School.

Annette Holland, the secondary school’s language teacher, organised and ran the two-day event, with two schools visiting on the first day and two on the second, and said it was a huge success.

Miss Holland said: “This event was a fantastic way to show pupils that languages can be fun. All pupils seemed to enjoy the experience.”

Throughout the day, there was a full programme of activities based around foreign languages and included the children at Richard Avenue Primary singing Christmas carols in German and there were also games and videos.

At the end of the language activities, all the primary children were delighted to go back to their own schools armed with prizes, stickers and certificates.

All the activities were aimed at Year 6, both to give them a flavour of modern languages and also what life is like in the secondary school. Thornhill pupils were on hand to help out.

As well as four language teachers delivering the taster sessions in German or Spanish, there were also members of staff from the humanities department telling the children about Spain and Germany.

Miss Holland, said the purpose of the the language event was to promote learning in a fun way, have a cross-curricular approach and to be a rewarding experience for staff and pupils from both Thornhill and the primaries.