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Language of the Term

Language of the Term

As you know, we are all very proud that there are 21 languages including English spoken by children and their families at Gardners Lane Primary School.

The celebration of the diversity of language and culture in the school’s community is very important to us and as part of our whole school practice we celebrate a different language each term. We celebrate this as Language of the Term.

Using resources from the website below (many thanks to Newbury Park Primary School in London) we encourage our children to learn and speak a few words of each Language of the Term and to learn a little about the country or countries in which that language is spoken.

https://www.newburyparkschool.net/lotm/index.html

Language of the Term in Term 6  

  • We are pleased to announce that our Language of the Term in Term 6 will be Japanese.
  • This was originally planned to tie-in with this summer’s Olympics and although the Olympics is sadly not going ahead, as we are still planning Topic work in school focussing on Japan it will be exciting to learn some of the language of the country too.

Why not use the link to the website below to learn some words in Japanese together at home?

https://www.newburyparkschool.net/lotm/japanese/player.html

Stephen Bray

EAL Lead

Polish Spotlight 2020

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The ‘Polish Spotlight’ is a special strand of the Stephen Spender Prize, open to all UK or Irish citizens or residents, or pupils at British Schools overseas. There are three age categories for entrants: 18-and-under, 14-and-under and 10-and-under.

This year, we are inviting entrants to translate one poem from the curated selection.

http://www.stephen-spender.org/polish_spotlight.html

 

Mantra Lingua

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Mantra Lingua is offering families free access to their e-library.

You are asked to fill in a form on the page and Mantra Lingua will send an email with an access code for you to download and read any of the books on computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones. However the offer ends on 31st August!

https://uk.mantralingua.com/homereading

Mind Heart

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A short book (in a variety of languages) to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19.

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables 

My Hero is You

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This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG).

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you

Ramadan

This year, Ramadan begins when the sun sets on 6 May. Whether it's your little one's first year of fasting or you'd like to explain Ramadan to your non-Muslim child, here are some facts to get you started. 

https://www.parent24.com/Family/Parenting/how-to-explain-the-holy-month-of-ramadan-to-your-kids-20180510

Young Interpreters

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Hello to all our Young Interpreters!

 

It’s a very unusual and difficult time for us all but I would like to thank you all for ‘doing the right thing’ and keeping yourselves safe and healthy during the next few weeks and months.

 

You know how proud we all are of your bilingual skills and we hope that you are using those skills to talk with family members and friends who you may not be able to be with at the moment.

 

We also hope that if you are not in school you are logging on to the school’s website to find lots of fun things to do to keep your brains and bodies active!

The Young Interpreters Scheme website also has some ideas so why not have a look at it and try some of the activities there:

 

https://emtas.hias.hants.gov.uk/course/view.php?id=55

(Hint: Make sure you are signed in using Google Chrome before entering the games otherwise they will not play properly.)

Portuguese

We are all very proud that there are 21 languages including English spoken by children and their families at Gardners Lane Primary School.

The celebration of the diversity of language and culture in the school’s community is very important to us and as part of our whole school practice we celebrate a different language each term. We celebrate this as Language of the Term.

Using resources from the website below (many thanks to Newbury Park Primary School in London) we encourage our children to learn and speak a few words of each Language of the Term and to learn a little about the country or countries in which that language is spoken. https://www.newburyparkschool.net/lotm/index.html

All our children have been very interested to learn a few words of different languages and those children who speak languages other than English at home feel very proud that their classmates are using some words in their Family language.

Polish

In Term 2 our Language of the Term will be Polish.

We will be learning how to say: ‘Welcome’, ‘Hello’, ‘Good morning’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Thank you’.

During the half term holiday, why not use the link to the website below to have a go at saying these words together home? https://www.newburyparkschool.net/lotm/polish/player.html

You might also like to look at the ‘Learn Polish’ page to learn some more Polish words!

Hindi

This academic year our Language of the Term in Term 1 has been Hindi which has linked to our learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali. Children have been using some words of Hindi, e.g. ‘Namaste’, ‘Swagat’ and ‘Shukriya’ and learning that although Hindi is mainly spoken in northern and central India it is also widely spoken in South Africa, Bangladesh, Yemen, Uganda and the UK.

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