On Wednesday 13th June, nine pupils from year 8 embraced the opportunity to develop their linguistic skills at Southampton University, accompanied by Mr Razzell and Mrs Dymott. Although it meant an early start, all pupils were on time, raring to go and model representatives for the school throughout.
Before separating into 3 language groups (German, French or Spanish, depending on the language they are currently learning in school) with pupils from other schools across the region, we were welcomed by University staff and learnt about the day’s programme, linked to the topic of “wearable technology”. In the morning, pupils competed in mixed groups to design and present a unique form of technology in their target language and the best teams were rewarded at the end of the day for their hard work. All Saints’ pupils produced some excellent posters and had representatives in both the winning and highly commended categories. Particular congratulations go to Liv Hallett for her contributions to the winning Spanish team, who designed an electronic tattoo!
Pupils enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the University, before getting the chance to have taster sessions in two languages of their choice which they had never learnt before. Particular highlights included learning to greet people in Italian, learning sounds and written characters in Chinese and giving their opinions on different types of French music!
A great time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to continuing with their foreign language learning next year as they enter year 9. Here are some quotes from the pupils about their day:
- “I really liked the first German lesson, because the activities were interesting and I got to meet and work with new people.”
- “It was fun to compare other languages to French which I am learning in school at the moment.”
- “I enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture, as well as the 100,000 sounds that there apparently are in Chinese!”
- “If you get the chance to go to Southampton for the Languages Day in the future, just do it because it is really fun. I’d really recommend it.”
We would like to thank all the staff at Southampton for inviting us along for the day and the time they put into organising the activities for the pupils. We hope to have the opportunity to come back again in the future!