Children and teachers of tomorrow celebrate languages day

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Children and teachers of tomorrow celebrate languages day

Date posted: 19 June 2014

Children at Etwall Primary School spent the day celebrating languages by taking part in a variety of exciting activities designed by third-year trainee teachers from the University of Derby.

The pupils, aged four to 11, had fun developing their knowledge and enjoyment of French and Spanish through a range of games, songs, stories, crafts and dances.

Centred on the theme of 'animals', the activities ranged from retelling children's book The Gruffalo in French to chanting and dancing the traditional Spanish dance 'hakas'.

The activities celebrated the partnership between the BEd (Hons) Education degree at the University and Etwall Primary School, which hosts many University students on their training placements.

Hannah Minns, a third year BEd (Hons) Education student, said "It's been so exciting to see the children's enthusiasm for languages; they had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities they took part in."

Katie Warburton, the languages Co-ordinator at the school said: "The students have really enriched our children's learning."

Claire Scott, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University, said: "The partnership, and this day of activities has been extremely valuable to our students, giving them vital skills in the classroom and in developing teaching materials. The day was a wonderful celebration of language learning and further strengthened our relationship with the school."

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