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.

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…

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…

January 2017


This month Years 5 and 6 have been learning how to recognise and form the perfect tense in German.

It’s a bit tricky because Germans use a different word order from English.  They put their past participle at the end of the sentence.

We’ve had a lot of fun translating “word for word”, (and then making it sound English).

“I have Monopoly played.”

We needed to learn how to write in the past tense so that we could send a letter to our German penpals telling them what we did over the Christmas holidays.









Singen macht Spaß!

We have all learnt a song called ‘Ich bin einkaufen gegangen’ (I’ve been shopping) to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.

This song introduced us to two sentences in the perfect tense and taught us the names of lots of different foods and the sort of packaging they come in.

Because the song is so  repetitive, lots of us know it off by heart now.  Singing is a great way to learn new vocabulary and remember whole sentences.

In Years 1 and 2 we practised words and short phrases from the song through lip reading games,using our hands as syllable puppets, playing dominoes with word/picture cards and playing bingo.