Mrs Cain runs French club for KS2 children after school on a Monday. Each term there are a course of 8 French sessions. We cover a mix of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. All the sessions are taught through fun activities, games, songs, crafts and much more.
This school year the children had an opportunity to explore different topics:
Halloween, Christmas and festival of light, New Year and Epiphany, Poisson d'avril, World Book day, Easter, Earth day, 1er mai - le muguet, Tour de France, Bastille Day, the weather, telling the time, homes and rooms in the house and much more. All the children enjoyed learning French in a playful way. They also helped the children in KS1 during our celebration on 14th July, Bastille Day.
French Day July 2023
Today Priors Field celebrated the National day of France, Bastille Day. We had carousel activities in both KS1 and KS2. KS2 children had an opportunity to visit a French cafe, learn about Paris, Parisian culture and lifestyle, and have a go at building their own Eiffel Tower. They also learnt about the important people in French history such as Napoleon and the most famous art work of Mona Lisa. KS1 learnt some new French phrases and enjoyed a French café role play in the Reception classroom. They also learnt about the Eiffel Tower and made their own construction. All the children had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the day. The constructions of the Eiffel Tower look amazing! Bonne Fête Nationale!
Chinese New Year 2023
Today we have been learning about Chinese New Year and wish all our families who are celebrating at the weekend a very Happy New Year. The children have enjoyed making traditional food, creating dragon dances, playing musical instruments and even done some yoga with the theme of the Chinese Zodiac story. ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’,
Penpals project 2022-2023
Year 5 and their penpals from I.C. Alberto Manzi school in Italy, Rome, completed a few projects this year. They searched and exchanged information about Christmas and Easter celebrations in different countries. They made Christmas decorations and Easter booklets. All the children enjoyed having a friend in another country and exchanging cards and letters with them.
Christmas Around the World 2022
Today we celebrated 'Christmas around the world' day. Each class represented a country and all the children learnt about different Christmas customs and traditions around the world. We had carousel activities and all the children had to travel to Spain, Iceland, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Greece and Germany. They learnt facts, new vocabulary and played different Christmas games. It was a real representation of celebration around the world and all the children enjoyed the day.
Fundraising Day for Ukraine
Mrs Cain led our assembly today with children dressing up in National costumes and a presentation on all the traditions. Well done and thank you to children in Year 6 and Year 5 for your enterprise and creativity making and selling products to raise money.
We raised £639.
Penpal Project 2021-2022
French Club children had a unique opportunity to write to their penpals in France, école élémentaire la Faïencerie à Bourg-la-Reine. They were able to introduce themselves, write about their families, favourite animals and things they like doing. They received a few letters from their friends abroad and learnt about where they live. It was such an enjoyable experience for all the children!
Italian Project 2021-2022
Year 4 had a link with one of the schools in Rome,Italy. They wrote informational letters to their friends abroad about Easter. They also produced a class booklet which contained information about the United Kingdom, the Royal family, traditional food and local area. It was a special project which all the children really enjoyed.
French in Year R, 1 and 2
As part of our Christmas around the world, Reception and KS1 had a French Christmas day. Each class learnt about Christmas celebrations and traditions in France. All the children enjoyed learning French greetings (including actions) and singing a greeting song. Year 1 and 2 also learnt colours and numbers to 10. It was a really fun morning! Thank you, Mrs Cain.
International School Award 2021-2024
We are thrilled to announce that Priors Field has been granted the British Council International School Award Accreditation. The official award ceremony will be held 18th November 2021.
This school year children in Year 4 have had an opportunity to participate in a penpal project with children from Ècole la Poyat, Beurepaire, France, CM1/CM2 classe.
Our Year 4 class received their first letter in November 2020 and continued to exchange correspondence until July 2021. All the children have learnt how to introduce themselves in writing, ask questions and reply to their penpals. All the topics were linked to the curriculum e.g. introductions, feelings, colours, animals, pets, favourite food. All the children have enjoyed having a friend abroad and waited impatiently for letters from France.
This interaction makes learning French authentic, realistic and more relevant to the children, builds global awareness and collaborative skills.
Christmas around the World
We have celebrated 'Christmas around the world' 9th-11th December 2020. Each class shared their learning virtually with the whole school. We found out about Christmas customs and traditions and sang Christmas songs including 'Noël enfants du Monde' in French. It was a real representation of a celebrations around the world including; Kenya, Australia, Poland, France, Sweden, Italy and Japan.
All the children enjoyed this special day.
European Day of Languages
Priors Field has celebrated the European Day of Languages. This day is celebrated annually across Europe on the 26th September. It aims to promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. Priors Field has celebrated this day in each class, and used the opportunity to raise the profile of languages. Each class planned an activity and it was also an opportunity to share children’s cultural and linguistic abilities. The languages that we focused on were: Spanish, French, Greek, Polish, Chinese/Mandarin, Welsh, Hindi, Punjabi, Japanese, Turkish, Italian, Irish, Swedish and Portuguese. The children have learnt greetings, numbers 1-10, made colourful greetings posters and enjoyed this special day.
British Council International School Award 2019
We are thrilled to announce we have achieved the International School Award Intermediate Certificate: Developing Internationalism. The award is an excellent way of promoting the international dimension across our school and throughout our curriculum. Special congratulations to Mrs Cain who has worked so hard to co-ordinate our international activities.
Adventure Monkey project
February 2019 - February 2020
Adventure Monkey is a lovely stuffed animal. She loves to play and visits different places.
Children had an opportunity to learn and explore the world around us by interacting with children from other countries. Children took pictures and made short videos. By uploading pictures via Twinspace, children followed Adventure Monkey, watched her adventures, travelled through different countries and saw how children live across Europe. What do they do after school? What does their bedroom look like? Who do they visit?
Monkey went on adventure every night. She stayed 1 - 2 months in one country and then she travelled to another one in a big box experiencing new adventures.
- pupils bring stories into their classroom.
- promote understanding of internationalism, similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities
- growth of diversity and intercultural awareness
- learning in a fun way
- writing a journal and improving written English
There are 7 European countries involved in this project:
Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Slovakia
A cultural melody (singers and songs all around Europe)
December 2019 – March 2020
About the project
Let's get to know the European musical diversity by sharing information about our favourite singers and their hits. Children had to do a short presentation video introducing their school, work in groups and choose a singer per group, find information about their chosen artist, facts, choose one favourite song with lyrics. Children also made posters in their groups and recorded one song of their artist. They shared these videos in the Twinspace as a final task. All the children really enjoyed learning about singers from other counties in Europe. This project showed that there are different ways to explore cultural diversity and global citizenship, create learning environment with respect and celebrate the differences in all people. Countries participating in this project:
SPAIN, UNTITED KNGDOM, TURKEY AND LITHUANI
- Improve communication skills, including both written and oral expression
- Widen cultural and musical knowledge by getting to know new musical realities around Europe
- Develop their sense of community by sharing a common goal with other European schools and raise interest in the European diversity.
Year 5 children at Priors Field School took part in a creation of multinational Advent Calendar consisting of hand-made Christmas cards from six different countries:
Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, Greece, Romania and the UK. Each partner school had to send four Christmas cards by traditional mail to each of the six countries (24 cards in total) to prepare the Advent Calendar. Christmas cards had Christmas wishes in English and the national language as well as a short personal description of the student written in English. Priors Field Advent Calendar was displayed in the hall for the whole school community to admire. The ebook was created at the end of the project which took place in November and December 2018.
Christmas traditions in Italy and the UK
Priors Field School and two partner schools in Turin and Rome, Italy, joined the project of exchanging Christmas customs and traditions. All children in Year 5 took part in this project and created their own Christmas traditions leaflets during ICT lessons. During the project they have learnt that Italian families prepare a Christmas Tree and a Nativity scene in their houses. Sometimes families pass down the figures of the Nativity scene from generation to generation. Some can be centuries old! The nativity scene is so popular that every year millions of little figures are sold. Some scenes can include small fountains, fairy lights, real grass and even sound effects. They have also learnt that Italian families have one special day which is called La Befana.
La Befana is a kind witch and a symbol of happiness and presents. She flies to the houses of Italian children on the 6th of January filling the Christmas stockings with toys or black sugar.
All three school leaflets were displayed in the hall so everyone could see children’s creativity and originality, passion and imagination. The ebook was also created at the end of the project which took place in November and December 2018.
All children really enjoyed participating in these projects and didn’t want them to end.