Chil­dren go na­tive for spe­cial travel day


CHIL­DREN at a pri­mary school wore na­tional cos­tume and fancy dress for a spe­cial day to cel­e­brate lan­guages.

The pupils at Mar­ton Pri­mary School held a ‘Lan­guage Day’ in cel­e­bra­tion of the Euro­pean Day of Lan­guages.

The day has been cel­e­brated ev­ery year since 2001 as an ini­tia­tive of the Coun­cil of Europe in Stras­bourg. It is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing life-long lan­guage learn­ing and pro­mot­ing the rich lin­guis­tic and cul­tural di­ver­sity of Europe.

Pupils from the nurs­ery class up to Year Six played lan­guage games and were in­tro­duced to a va­ri­ety of Euro­pean lan­guages dur­ing their lessons with teacher Kerry Webb.

They dressed in the colours of a par­tic­u­lar coun­try or came dressed as a fa­mous Euro­pean per­son.

Kerry said a huge amount of ef­fort went into the out­fits, which ranged from a Greek god­dess to Napoleon. She said: “I was ab­so­lutely de­lighted by the ef­fort all the chil­dren put in dur­ing the day.

“I was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with Year 2 pupils who fo­cused on Span­ish and per­formed a song at the end of the day.”

Prizes were awarded to the most cre­atively dressed pupils. Nevin Deakin, head­teacher, said: “It was a won­der­ful event or­gan­ised by Madame Webb that en­gaged every­body. All of the chil­dren looked so colour­ful and the staff did too. The chil­dren en­joy French lessons ev­ery Thurs­day and Euro­pean Lan­guage Day was such an ex­cit­ing event.”

● Pupils at Mar­ton Pri­mary, left and bot­tom, and Ava May Thorn­ton, eorgina Tay­lor, Eva Chandler and Fin­lay Mil­lar, above

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