Early language initiative – Primary school UK

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Whitehouse Common Primary School, Sutton Coldfield (UK)


The children are exposed to two languages in the school, French, which is taught during a lunchtime club and Spanish, which is taught throughout the school. All the pupils learn Spanish at this point within the curriculum. They average class size in 30. Extensive us is made of ICT tools including an interactive whiteboard, Atantot and Babelzone websites; Voki; Voicethread; Youtube; Audacity; Powerpoint; websites; school wiki; podcasting; slideshare; Animoto; animation; sound recorders; webquests; digital cameras and video. The eTwinning project formed part of the initial stages of implementing Spanish for all pupils at the school from Nursery to Year 5 (3-11 years old). It was based on the exchange of cultural information about traditions and celebrations in Spain and England. Its dual aims were to use the foreign language to communicate and get to know the partners, and to discover and celebrate similarities and differences in their national celebrations.

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