Year 5 welcomed some very special visitors into our school this week as Michael Faraday continues to develop as a place in which to learn new languages. A class of pupils from a school in Clichy near Paris came to experience life in a South London School.
Pupils throughout the school have been focusing heavily on French language work. With expert tuition from Joanna, we are starting to build up our French vocabulary, as well as to learn more about different cultures and experiences.
Our friends from Clichy school wasted no time in settling in at Michael Faraday. All Year 5 pupils were partnered up with a French guest. Using our knowledge of the French language and culture, we explored more about our friends, finding out about their school, home life and general interests and hobbies. No surprises to know that football, computer games and pop music featured highly!
Letters were exchanged between the two different schools, so that our guests from Clichy could take away a reminder of their visit to Michael Faraday. We are hopeful of the opportunity to return the favour and for our Year 5 pupils to visit France! But for now, you can find out more about the special Anglo- French relations in the podcast below.
We are proud at Michael Faraday of the many other language learning opportunities that are taking place around our school. We have just started a new partnership with our nearby friends from the Walworth Academy. An after school club has been set up to teach Michael Faraday pupils Latin. Pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 participate, learning Latin greetings and the male and female structure of the Latin vocabulary.
In other language related news and the school recently had a visit from a visiting party of Norwegian teaching professionals. Our visitors wanted to see how an English outstanding school operates. The feedback was very positive – our Norwegian friends were impressed with the displays on show, adding that they have never felt so welcome!