Languages

At Queen's Hill we believe that all children should have a passion for languages. We believe that learning a language provides a child with some of the most valuable educational, social and cultural experiences to equip them for their future. Languages help the children to develop their communication skills including key speaking and listening skills to extend their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. In other words, languages broaden your mind and form a part of your identity where you can be at home anywhere.

At Queen’s Hill Primary School, we have specialist teachers who give teachers without the language skills the confidence to teach and inspire students to learn and share languages. We use Languagenut to engage the children and to teach accurate pronunciation and spelling. The children can practise and apply new skills at school and at home to further their passion of languages. We strive to use languages across the curriculum to promote a love for languages.

Subject in Action

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Y5 Mandarin

This week, in Mandarin, the children had a tasting session and had a go at using chopsticks, to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

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Year 6: ‘My World of Languages’

Year 6 have enjoyed beginning to look at languages and their fascinating and fun connections and roots. They have started to see that words and languages from different countries are closely linked and that by looking for clues and cracking codes, understanding other languages is easier than we think!

Year 3 learning the names of fruit in French

French Fruit Salad in Year 3

Year 3 began this term’s French topic on food today using Languagenut to learn the names of fabulous fruits. They extended their language learning to create colourful fruit bowls which they labelled in French! Bien fait tout le monde (well done everyone)!

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Y5 Languages

To celebrate Languages Day Y5 explored the Greek alphabet. We learnt that we use lots of Greek words in English today. Some say there are over 150,000 English words that come from Greek words! Once we learnt the Greek alphabet we used it to have fun cracking linguistic codes. When we joined up with our Y2 buddies we … Read more

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Year 6 Languages

Year 6 have been using ‘World of Languages, Languages of The World’ resources to discover the fascinating etymology of our days of the week. Children compared our days of the week to French and German days, looking for similarities and differences. We explored and investigated the links between Norse and Roman Gods and thought about … Read more

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Year 2 – Languages Curriculum Day

Year 2 have enjoyed learning some British Sign Language today during our Languages Curriculum Day. They learnt how to introduce themselves and fingerspell their name. In the afternoon they shared what they had learnt with their Year 5 buddies.

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Reception – British Sign Language – Emotions

We have been learning some British Sign Language. This week we focused on emotions. We learnt how to say how we were feeling using BSL. Here are some children to show you what we learnt. We also learnt that when you are signing it is important that your facial expression matches your sign, so when … Read more

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Year 6 Mandarin

This week in their languages lesson, the Year 6 children have been learning about the traditions of Chinese New Year. Miss Chen brought in a traditional lion’s head and body and the children had the opportunity to try these on and pretend that they were part of this animal. They also created special red envelopes … Read more

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Year 5 Mandarin

In Mandarin this week, Year 5 looked at the Chinese New Year celebrations. They enjoyed recreating the traditional dragon dance and exploring other festivities.