French day proves ‘magnifique’ for Sunderland primary school pupils

Pupils at Grangetown Primary School celebrated the end of the academic year by hosting a ‘French day’.

Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 1:35 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Two pupils taking part in a French day at Grangetown Primary School.

The children set themselves up for the day with a traditional French breakfast of croissants, baguettes, butter and jam before taking in an assembly led by local teacher and native French speaker, Nathalie Paris.

Paris, who is also an FA qualified coach, told stories about football which were linked to the Women's World Cup taking place in France at the time.

The football theme continued during the day, as Ms Paris led a coaching session which involved the pupils shouting instructions at each other in French.

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Away from sport, music teacher Mrs Bryant-King, taught workshops where the children listened to French music and identified the instruments being played.

Themes of craft work, the arts and history were also present throughout the day as the Year 6 children took part in a drama session based on the French Revolution and early years students even set up a French Café.

Older pupils from Southmoor Academy were there present over the course of the day and French teacher, Louise Marshall oversaw sessions based on the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' or 'La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous' as it is known in France.

Headteacher, Les McAnaney was pleased with how the day panned out.

“Our French day was a huge success, and is very much is part of our wider approach to teaching international awareness in a fun and relevant way,” he said.

Teacher Clair Blackett – known as Madame Blackett to the pupils – organised the day, and was overjoyed that it went so well: “ They learned so much about French culture, it was fun, and all of the activities were very engaging and hands-on.”