King's Hawford

24 September

Hawford celebrates European Day of Languages

Today we have celebrated the European Day of Languages!  This special day is a celebration involving millions of people across 45 participating countries who celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe. The day promotes language learning, thereby encouraging lifelong study both in and out of school, whether for school purposes, for professional needs or for pleasure.

Hawford has been colourfully decorated with flags from each of the European countries. As has become customary at Hawford, our pupils have come dressed in a wonderful array of costumes representing different European countries. We have seen some brilliant flamenco costumes, some creative flag costumes and quite a few berets! It really has been wonderful to see the amount of effort and pride all of the children put into their costumes!

Over the course of the day pupils took part in foreign language competitions including treasure hunts and quizzes in a quest to gain House points. The competitions will cross over into next week.

At King’s Hawford we are extremely proud of our Foreign Modern Language provision. Pupils from Kindergarten to Year 6 take weekly language lessons and all pupils leaving the school after Year 6 will have learnt French, German, Spanish and Russian. Research has shown that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills. It also improves memory, concentration and the ability to multi-task. Enhanced creativity and mental flexibility are also identified in children who are proficient in other languages. Mrs Phillips said, “We are extremely lucky to have Mrs Hyde as our specialist language teacher. Her love of language and passion for teaching MFL to children across the Prep School is evident in every lesson”.

As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to MFL we have re-subscribed to The “Linguascope” website, a learning platform for foreign language learning. The website offers pupils a variety of engaging and interactive activities in 13 languages including the languages studied at Hawford: French, German, Spanish and Russian. It provides a wealth of vocabulary topics presented in three levels: Elementary, Beginner and Intermediate. The Beginner section is the most suitable for our pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. By accessing the website, children will be able to learn vocabulary and enhance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Our children are very much used to, and always enjoy, using the site in the classroom. Access details were sent home via letter earlier in the term.