Languages

An exciting visitor!

Today we are very pleased to welcome Jonny to our school.  Jonny lives in Berlin and attends our partner school “The Fläming Grundschule”.  He has come to spend a day shadowing his e-pal, Alex, in Mrs Bell’s class.  This morning he has joined in with maths, literacy and guided reading and this afternoon he will find out what our Year 5s and 6s do in science, as well as visiting the Year3/4s in their German lesson.

Jonny has already noticed quite a few things that are different from his school back home.  He doesn’t have to wear a uniform at his school, and he doesn’t have to stay for lunch at school, children go home in the afternoon.  Jonny has English lessons every day, and he speaks English beautifully.

Jonny says the maths lessons are very similar in his school.  But here we are lucky to have smartboards.  In his German school the teachers have to use a chalkboard.

Here are Jonny and Alex going for a school lunch together and enjoying playtime.

We wish Jonny a safe return to Berlin and hope that he will visit us again in the future.

Schultüten 2017!

On Wednesday 4th September the Year 5 and 6 children presented the Schultüten they had spent two weeks making to their buddies in Reception.  We made a special occasion of this by learning a new German song called “Herzlich Willkommen”…

An Italian Treat!

Our German visitor, Francesco Roscino, has been here for the past two weeks and has taught us a great, catchy Italian song about a crocodile. Here are some of the animals that featured in the song.  Can you remember how…

Visitors from Berlin!

At the beginning of June we welcomed Lisa Halder from our partner school in Berlin and her daughter, Charlotte, into our school for a few days.  The children enjoyed asking questions in English and German about life in Germany. Lisa…

May 2017

Since half term we have been busy learning how to describe our appearance. We have practised our colours and learnt to sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes  (and various other body parts) in German. Years 1-4 have been singing a…

E-pal project

Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils now have a German email penpal from our Partner school in Berlin. It’s great to hear that so many children are trying to use their language skills for real purposes and are…

Playground Rhymes Project March 2017

Over the past two weeks we have been swapping clapping rhymes with children in our German partner school in Berlin.  It’s wonderful to hear St Oswald’s pupils teaching each other German clapping rhymes on the playground every day. The favourite…

It’s carnival time!

On “Faschingsdienstag” (Shrove Tuesday) you may have eaten pancakes and perhaps you decided to give something up for Lent. In our German lessons we watched a German film about how the start of Lent is celebrated in lots of different European countries. You…