Joy at let­ters from across the Chan­nel


PUPILS were ex­cited to re­ceive their first let­ters from France as part of a pro­gramme of lan­guage stud­ies.

The year six stu­dents at Mar­ton Church of Eng­land Pri­mary school have a link with French high school Col­lège Sal­vador Al­lende in Bour­goin Jal­lieu be­tween Lyon and Greno­ble, set up by French teacher Kerry Webb.

There was great ex­cite­ment as pupils re­ceived their first let­ters from across the Chan­nel.

The stu­dents in France replied to ini­tial let­ters sent by the Mar­ton pupils to in­tro­duce them­selves

The pupils in Mar­ton have now set to work re­ply­ing in French to their pen­friends.

Kerry Webb said: “Hav­ing a part­ner school in France pro­vides pupils with the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise their French in an au­then­tic sit­u­a­tion and learn a bit more about the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of a dif­fer­ent re­gion and coun­try.”

The chil­dren shared in­for­ma­tion about how Christ­mas is cel­e­brated in each their coun­tries as part of the project.

They are also cre­at­ing short video clips of them­selves speak­ing and per- form­ing songs in French.

Nevin Deakin, head­teacher, said: “I’m proud of the chil­dren’s in­volve­ment and en­thu­si­asm in the project. They have en­joyed their French lessons and hav­ing the chance to cor­re­spond with other stu­dents has given them a greater per­spec­tive on learn­ing a Mod­ern For­eign lan­guage. This is a great way for in­spir­ing the chil­dren to de­velop their learn­ing.”

●● Olivia Wain was thrilled to get a let­ter from a French stu­dent

●● Zoe Hill shows of her for­eign cor­re­spon­dence

●● Ja­cob Tyrrell re­ceived a let­ter from France

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