We love having primary school students visit us at Northgate and have put on a number of different activities across a range of subjects in the past. Mrs Sutcliffe from the Modern Foreign Languages department tells us about a recent Easter themed day:
On Friday 22nd March we invited into school some Year 5 and 6 pupils from Hockering Primary and Swanton Morley Primary to take part in a French Day to celebrate Easter and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French language. Over the course of the day the pupils had an opportunity to cook, to learn about Easter in France and through a range varied activities gain an abundance of new words and an increased sense of confidence using them. It was fabulous to have our guests in school and see them enjoying the day as much as we were. Also on board to help along with the staff were the International Leaders and some Year 8 pupils. We had some great feedback at the end of the day and a particularly favoured event was the cooking with Mr Stevenson. Félicitations Monsieur Stevenson! We look forward to our next event! A la prochaine fois!’
Lacey and Freya, Year 8, helped out with the activities. They said of the day, ‘they were very confident pupils and embraced the day confidently: asking questions, speaking to the teachers and joining in with the games.
It was a wonderful experience to spend the day with younger children to help them learn the basics of French. The activities were made fun and interesting both for pupils aged 10 and 11.
In the cookery sessions with Mr Stevenson they learnt new techniques and helpful methods about how to make Easter cupcakes and learnt a host of cooking commands in French too.
Throughout the day there was a range of activities. For example Mrs Sutcliffe was doing an Easter word hunt which added to the pupil’s knowledge of Easter in France as well as their vocabulary. Mr Everett and Mrs Oates developed a vocabulary association session to build recall skills. The day was a massive success and we were very grateful to have been part of it.’